Professor Cathy Stinear


Professor Cathy Stinear completed her PhD in Movement Neuroscience at the University of Auckland in 2004. She then worked for 4 years as a post-doctoral fellow on a large randomised controlled trial of stroke rehabilitation, before joining the Department of Medicine as a Senior Lecturer in 2008. She has been a Professor since 2019 and is currently Deputy Head of Department.

Research | Current

Professor Stinear's research specialisation is in predicting and promoting recovery after stroke. As an applied clinical neuroscientist, she is focused on translating neuroscience discoveries into clinical practice. Her current work is using neurophysiology and neuroimaging tools to accurately predict motor recovery and outcomes after stroke for individual patients. She is also testing a range of adjuvants for enhancing the benefits of neurorehabilitation. 

Teaching | Current

MEDICINE702 Understanding Complex Clinical Systems, Course Coordinator and Lecturer


Postgraduate supervision

Professor Stinear supervises Honours, Masters and Doctoral students, with a variety of undergraduate qualifications. These include Bachelors degrees in Science, Physiotherapy, and Health Science, as well as MBChB students. She also mentors several allied health therapists on research secondments with her group.


Professor Stinear is the Director of the Clinical Neuroscience Laboratory in the Department of Medicine, the Director of the Brain Research Clinic at the Centre for Brain Research, and the Deputy Head of the Department of Medicine.

Areas of expertise



Clinical trials

Human neurophysiology and neuroimaging



Committees/Professional groups/Services

Professor Stinear is a member of the University's Creative Thinking Board. She is also a member of the Neurological Foundation Science Assessing Committee and the Health Research Council's College of Experts.

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)


Contact details

Primary office location

M&HS BUILDING 507 - Bldg 507
Level 2, Room 2046
New Zealand

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