Jean trained as a physiotherapist in Aotearoa New Zealand, working here and then in the United Kingdom for an extended period. Clinically, and in her early research, her primary focus was women’s health. By the time Jean returned here and completed a PhD at Te Whare Wānanga o Ōtākou, her clinical and research emphasis was incontinence in women.
Currently, Jean is a Professor of Rehabilitation and her research interests have broadened accordingly. These now include rehabilitation service delivery and outcome equity, clinician and client/patient behaviour change, interprofessional teamwork, and post-stroke incontinence management. Jean is excited by progress toward more use of participatory approaches in rehabilitation research, where people with lived experience of disability are fully involved in knowledge development and dissemination.
In her day to day work Jean most enjoys mentoring and supervision of postgraduate students and early career academic staff embarking on the research journey.