Staff Profile


Career Summary


Isobel is an academic researcher in the School of Medicine and Public Health at the University of Newcastle. She convenes the Master of Health Science and has sole responsibility for the post-graduate, stroke-specific courses. Her primary research is investigating the association between upper limb recovery and brain activation patterns in the first month post-stroke. She is also involved in research investigating return-to-driving post-stroke; the incidence, prevalence and lived experiences of stroke in older Australian women and early upper limb intervention and assessment post-stroke.

Isobel has published in peer reviewed journals and presented at national and international conferences. Her aim is to champion a multi-professional and evidence-based approach in the healthcare we prescribe and apply to people at risk of, recovering from and/or living with, stroke. She is a registered Occupational Therapist.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Newcastle, 25/03/2015
  • Master of Occupational Therapy, University of South Australia, 17/08/2006
  • Diploma of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy), Cumberland College of Health Sciences, 15/05/1978


Research keywords

  • Acute Stroke
  • Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Interprofessional practice
  • Stroke Rehabilitation
  • Upper limb therapy

Research expertise

Upper limb stroke recovery, brain activation patterns and neuroplasticity.

Fields of Research

110300Clinical Sciences80
111799Public Health And Health Services Not Elsewhere Classified20


Body relevant to professional practice.

  • Membership - Australian Occupational Therapy Association

Committee/Associations (relevant to research).

  • Stroke Coordinating Committee - Stroke Services NSW
  • Stroke Nursing and Allied Health Education and Professional Development Sub-committee - Stroke Services NSW


  • Peer Reviewer - Australian Occupational Therapy Journal
  • Committee member - National Stroke Foundation, Post-Acute Stroke Audit - National Advisory Body


Administrative expertise

Setting up of on-line courses in blackboard

On-line, interprofessional courses in health related issues


Teaching keywords

  • Flexible delivery
  • Health
  • Interprofessional
  • Postgraduate
  • Stroke management

Teaching expertise

Design of interprofessional courses and program

Stroke Education - postgraduate and undergraduate

Occupational Therapy



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Chapter (1 outputs)

2012Stinear C, Hubbard IJ, 'Movement', Stroke Rehabilitation: Insights from Neuroscience and Imaging, Oxford University Press, Oxford 143-153 (2012) [B1]

Journal article (13 outputs)

2015Hubbard IJ, Carey LM, Budd TW, Parsons MW, 'Reorganizing therapy: changing the clinical approach to upper limb recovery post-stroke.', Occup Ther Int, 22 28-35 (2015)
2015Byles JE, Francis JL, Chojenta CL, Hubbard IJ, 'Long-term Survival of Older Australian Women with a History of Stroke', JOURNAL OF STROKE & CEREBROVASCULAR DISEASES, 24 53-60 (2015)
2014Hubbard IJ, Evans M, McMullen-Roach S, Marquez J, Parsons MW, 'Five years of acute stroke unit care: Comparing ASU and non-ASU admissions and allied health involvement', Stroke Research and Treatment, (2014) [C1]
2014Hubbard IJ, Carey LM, Budd TW, Levi C, McElduff P, Hudson S, et al., 'A Randomized Controlled Trial of the Effect of Early Upper-Limb Training on Stroke Recovery and Brain Activation.', Neurorehabil Neural Repair, (2014)
2014Byles J, Francis LJ, Chojenta CL, Hubbard I, 'Long-term survival of older Australian women with a history of stroke', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF STROKE, 9 20-20 (2014)
2013Kitsos GH, Hubbard IJ, Kitsos AR, Parsons MW, 'The Ipsilesional Upper Limb Can Be Affected following Stroke', SCIENTIFIC WORLD JOURNAL, (2013) [C1]
2012Hubbard IJ, Harris D, Kilkenny MF, Faux SG, Pollack MR, Cadilhac DA, 'Adherence to clinical guidelines improves patient outcomes in Australian audit of stroke rehabilitation practice', Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 93 965-971 (2012) [C1]
2011Kitsos G, Harris D, Pollack M, Hubbard IJ, 'Assessments in Australian stroke rehabilitation units: A systematic review of the post-stroke validity of the most frequently used', Disability and Rehabilitation, 33 2620-2632 (2011) [C1]
2010Pickering RL, Hubbard IJ, Baker KG, Parsons MW, 'Assessment of the upper limb in acute stroke: The validity of hierarchal scoring for the Motor Assessment Scale', Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 57 174-182 (2010) [C1]
2009Hubbard IJ, Vyslysel G, Parsons MW, 'Interprofessional, practice-driven research: Reflections of one 'community of inquiry' based in acute stroke', Journal of Allied Health, 38 E69-E74 (2009) [C1]

Co-authors: mark parsons

2009Hubbard IJ, Parsons MW, Neilson C, Carey LM, 'Task-specific training: Evidence for and translation to clinical practice', Occupational Therapy International, 16 175-189 (2009) [C1]
2007Hubbard IJ, Parsons MW, 'The conventional care of therapists as acute stroke specialists: A case study', International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation, 14 357-362 (2007) [C1]

Co-authors: mark parsons

2006Hubbard IJ, 'Stroke: The silent Cinderella!', Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 53 337-340 (2006) [C1]
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Conference (14 outputs)

2013James C, Frith J, Warren-Forward H, Hubbard I, 'Driving after Stroke: Knowledge and use of legislation and guidelines by Australian Health Practitioners', Australian Occupational Therapy Journal,, Adelaide (2013) [E3]
2013Kitsos G, Hubbard IJ, Kitsos A, Parsons MW, 'Non-affected or less affected: What is the ipsilesional upper limb following stroke? A systematic literature review', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF STROKE (2013) [E3]
2013James CL, Frith JLT, Warren-Forward H, Hubbard IJ, 'Return to driving post stroke: What should be happening and who should be doing it?', International Journal of Stroke, Adelaide (2013) [E3]
2012Hubbard IJ, Carey L, Budd TW, Parsons MW, 'Brain activation and upper limb recovery post stroke: A systematic literature review', International Journal of Stroke, Darling Harbour, Sydney (2012) [E3]

Co-authors: BILL BUDD, mark parsons

2012Hubbard IJ, Carey LM, Budd TW, Parsons MW, 'An RCT of differing intensities of early upper limb training post stroke: Evidence of neuroplastic changes in the ipsilesional SMA', Congress Handbook. 7th World Congress for Neurorehabilitation, Melbourne, VIC (2012) [E3]

Co-authors: BILL BUDD, mark parsons

2012Frith J, Hubbard IJ, James CL, Warren-Forward H, 'Returning to driving after stroke: A systematic review investigating adherence to legislation and guidelines', International Journal of Stroke, Darling Harbour, Sydney (2012) [E3]
2011Frith JLT, Hubbard IJ, Parsons MW, Vyslysel G, Burgman I, James CL, 'Shifting Gears: Resuming driving after stroke', Proceedings of the 24th Occupational Therapy Australia National Conference, Gold Coast, QLD (2011) [E3]
2011Hubbard IJ, Harris D, Kilkenny MF, Faux SG, Pollack MR, Cadilhac DA, 'Australian clinical practice of inpatient stroke rehabilitation and its relationship to patient outcomes', International Journal of Stroke, Adelaide, SA (2011) [E3]
2010Hubbard IJ, Parsons MW, Carey LM, 'Translating task-specific, upper limb evidence into stroke recovery intervention and clinical practice', Cerebrovascular Diseases: European Stroke Conference, Barcelona, Spain (2010) [E3]

Co-authors: mark parsons

2010Hubbard IJ, Budd TW, Carey LM, McElduff P, Levi CR, Parsons MW, 'Intensive behavioural upper limb training in acute stroke: an RCT of functional outcomes and brain reorganisation', Cerebrovascular Diseases: European Stroke Conference, Barcelona, Spain (2010) [E3]
2008Budd TW, Parsons MW, Hubbard IJ, Carey L, Levi CR, 'A longitudinal fMRI study of cortical sensorimotor reorganization in stroke recovery', NeuroImage, Melbourne, VIC (2008) [E3]
2008Hubbard IJ, Carey L, Parsons MW, 'The evidence concerning task-specific therapy for upper limb function: A literature review', Internal Medicine Journal, Sydney, NSW (2008) [E3]
2008Hubbard IJ, Budd TW, Parsons MW, 'Arm function, fMRI and early reorganisation mapping in stroke (AFfERMS): Findings from the pilot phase', Internal Medicine Journal, Sydney, NSW (2008) [E3]
2006James CL, Hubbard IJ, 'Inter-professional practice development: A challenge in knowledge transfer', ANZAME: Setting the Standards of Medical Education: Conference Proceedings: Abstracts & Program, Newcastle, NSW (2006) [E3]

Co-authors: CAROLE JAMES

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Grants and Funding


Number of grants3
Total funding$188,282

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2011 (1 grants)

Using functional MRI, this project explores brain activation patterns and upper limb recovery in stroke survivors$23,980
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Ms Isobel Hubbard
Equity Research FellowshipChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish

2009 (1 grants)

A functional MRI study of upper limb therapy in community dwelling stroke survivors$41,828
Funding Body: National Stroke Foundation

Project Team
Professor Mark Parsons, Dr Leeanne Carey, Ms Isobel Hubbard
Research GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish

2006 (1 grants)

A functional MRI study of upper limb therapy in acute stroke$122,474
Funding Body: National Heart Foundation of Australia

Project Team
Professor Mark Parsons, Doctor Bill Budd, Conjoint Professor Chris Levi, Ms Isobel Hubbard
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish

Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions1
Total current UoN PhD EFTSL0.18

For supervisions undertaken at an institution other that the University of Newcastle, the institution name is listed below the program name.

Current Supervision

ProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
20142018PhD (Occupational Therapy)Co-SupervisorShifting Gears: Returning to Driving After Stroke

Dr Isobel Hubbard

Work Phone(02) 40420533
Stroke Management Postgraduate Courses
School of Medicine and Public Health
Faculty of Health and Medicine
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Focus AreaPublic Health
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HMRI Building Rankin Park Campus,
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