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Dr Angelica Thompson Butel Name: Dr Angelica Thompson Butel
Lecturer (Clinical Exercise Physiology)
+612 9701 4708
Organisational Area
Faculty of Health Sciences
School of Behavioural and Health Sciences (NSW)
Building 640 - Edward Clancy Building (167-169 Albert Road, Strathfield NSW 2135)-Level 1-Room 640.1.09
Biographical Information

I am a Lecturer in the Masters of Clinical Exercise Physiology and the Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science Programs at the Australian Catholic University in Strathfield. I coordinate Neurological Analysis, Prescription and Rehabilitation in the Masters program and Exercise, Health and Disease and Exercise Rehabilitation in the undergraduate program. As an academic I continue my research in stroke rehabilitation at St Vincents Hospital as an honorary appointee and currently I am involved in 3 clinical stroke trials i) translating intensive upperlimb rehabilitation into practice ii) using virtual reality for post stroke education iii) and the development of a stratification scheme to identify upper-limb motor-function post stroke. 

I completed my undergraduate Bachelor degree in Exercise and Sport Science at Sydney University in 2007. In the following years I gained experience working with both clinical (neurological, cardiopulmonary and metabolic) and healthy populations. In 2010 I began a Masters by Research at Neuroscience Research Australia in stroke rehabilitation and in 2012 I converted to a PhD. 

  1. Trinh T, Lee P, Thompson-Butel AG, Shiner CT, McNulty PA. Measuring the efficacy of therapy in chronic stroke: active and passive range-of-motion do not reflect improvements in upper-limb motor-function. Accepted by Disability and Rehabilitation 13.07.2016.
  2. Shiner CT, Pierce KD, Thompson-Butel AG, Trinh T, Schofield PR and McNulty PA. The BDNF genotype interacts with motor-function to influence rehabilitation responsiveness poststroke. Frontiers in Neurology. 20167:Article 69.
  3. Trinh T, Scheuer SE, Thompson-Butel AG, Shiner CT, McNulty PA. Cardiovascular fitness is improved post-stroke with upper-limb Wii-based Movement Therapy but not dose-matched Constraint Therapy. Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation. 201623:208-216.
  4. McNulty PA, Thompson-Butel AG, Faux SG, Lin G, Katrak P, Harris L, Shiner CT. The efficacy of Wii-based Movement Therapy for upper-limb rehabilitation in the chronic poststroke period: a randomised controlled trial. International Journal of Stroke. 201510:1253-60
  5. McGhee J, Thompson-Butel AG, Faux SG, Bou-Haidar P, Bailey BJ. The Fantastic Voyage: an arts-led approach to 3D virtual reality visualization of clinical stroke data. Visual Information Communication and Interaction. 2015.
  6. Thompson-Butel AG, Lin G, Shiner CT, McNulty PA. Comparison of three tools to measure improvements in upper-limb function with post-stroke therapy. NeuroRehabilitation and Neural Repair. 201529:341-348.
  7. Thompson-Butel AG, Lin GG, Shiner CT, McNulty PA. Two common tests of dexterity can stratify upper-limb motor function after stroke. NeuroRehabilitation and Neural Repair. 201428:788-796     
  8. Thompson-Butel AG, Scheuer SE, Trinh T, McNulty PA. Improving motor activation patterns after stroke with Wii-based Movement Therapy. Neuromethods: Stimulation and Inhibition of Neurons Pilowsky PM (Ed). Humana Press/Springer Science and Business: New York. 2013
  9. McNulty PA, Thompson-Butel AG, Shiner CT, Trinh T. Wii-based Movement Therapy benefits stroke patients with low and very low movement ability. Social Care and Neurodisability. 20134:114-123

My main experience is within the following areas,

1. Clinical exercise physiology, specialising in Neurological/Neuromuscular rehabilitation

2. Rehabilitation research, undergraduate, postgraduate and early career researchers

Professional Memberships

2015 Research Affiliate of the Centre of Research Excellence for Stroke Rehabilitation and Brain Recovery

2015 Member of the Stroke Society of Australasia

2015 Member of the World Stroke Organisation

2013 Accredited Exercise Physiologist, ESSA identification number 5101

2007 Full member of Exercise Sport Science Australia (ESSA)


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