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 Pro Vice-Chancellor Equity.

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



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, and the University's Pro Vice-Chancellor Equity.

Areas of expertise



Clinical trials

Human neurophysiology and neuroimaging



Committees/Professional groups/Services

Professor Stinear is Chair of the Neurological Foundation of New Zealand's Council, and a member of the Health Research Council's College of Experts.

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Stinear, C. M. (2017). Prediction of motor recovery after stroke: Advances in biomarkers. The Lancet Neurology, 16 (10), 826-836. 10.1016/S1474-4422(17)30283-1
  • Byblow, W. D., Stinear, C. M., Barber, P. A., Petoe, M. A., & Ackerley, S. J. (2015). Proportional recovery after stroke depends on corticomotor integrity. Annals of Neurology, 78 (6), 848-859. 10.1002/ana.24472
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Winston Byblow, Alan Barber
  • Stinear, C. M., Petoe, M. A., & Byblow, W. D. (2015). Primary motor cortex excitability during recovery after stroke: implications for neuromodulation. Brain stimulation, 8 (6), 1183-1190. 10.1016/j.brs.2015.06.015
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Winston Byblow
  • MacDonald, H. J., Coxon, J. P., Stinear, C. M., & Byblow, W. D. (2014). The fall and rise of corticomotor excitability with cancellation and reinitiation of prepared action. Journal of neurophysiology, 112 (11), 2707-2717. 10.1152/jn.00366.2014
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Winston Byblow
  • Stinear, C. M., & Byblow, W. D. (2014). Predicting and accelerating motor recovery after stroke. Current Opinion in Neurology, 27 (6), 624-630. 10.1097/WCO.0000000000000153
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Winston Byblow
  • Turner, C. E., Byblow, W. D., Stinear, C. M., & Gant, N. R. (2014). Carbohydrate in the mouth enhances activation of brain circuitry involved in motor performance and sensory perception. Appetite, 80, 212-219. 10.1016/j.appet.2014.05.020
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Nicholas Gant, Winston Byblow
  • Ackerley, S. J., Stinear, C. M., Barber, P. A., & Byblow, W. D. (2014). Priming sensorimotor cortex to enhance task-specific training after subcortical stroke. Clinical Neurophysiology, 125 (7), 1451-1458. 10.1016/j.clinph.2013.11.020
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Alan Barber, Winston Byblow
  • Shekhawat, G. S., Searchfield, G. D., & Stinear, C. M. (2014). Randomized Trial of Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation and Hearing Aids for Tinnitus Management. Neurorehabil Neural Repair, 28 (5), 410-419. 10.1177/1545968313508655
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Grant Searchfield


Contact details

Primary office location

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

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