Researcher biography

Dr Kristy Nicola is a registered physiotherapist with clinical experience in private practice, a special school and on an outreach team. Dr Nicola's experience and area of interest includes working as a member of an interprofessional team delivering family-centred assessment and management of children with neurodevelopmental disorders such as Specific Language Impairment, Developmental Coordination Disorder, and Autistic Spectrum Disorder. Dr Nicola is viewed as an expert in the physiotherapy management of children with language disorders, particularly specific language impairment. Dr Nicola's clinical experiences motivate her research projects.

Dr Nicola's PhD contributes to the understanding of the neuro-sensory motor presentation, and impact of these challenges in children with specific language impairment framed within the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health – Child Youth. Her research continues to explore children with neurodevelopmental disorders, to gain an understanding of their presentation, fitness, participation levels, and quality of life. In attempts to narrow the gap in service delivery to children residing in rural and remote Australia, Dr Nicola's research is exploring the validity of using Telerehabilitation in paediatric physiotherapy assessment and management.

Dr Nicola translates her research into clinical practice via her committee membership on the National Paediatric Group, (Queensland state chapter, Australian Physiotherapy Association) and in her role as an Executive Board Member for the International Organisation of Physical Therapists in Pediatrics (World Confederation of Physical Therapists).

Dr Nicola is an award winning lecturer with experience lecturing into paediatrics, cardiothorasics and musculoskeletal courses. Dr Nicola is the First Year Physiotherapy Coordinator, and through this experience has recently commenced research projects exploring the first year student experiences.