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Dr Gretchen Good

Senior Lecturer

School of Health Sciences

Gretchen Good, PhD, holds certifications in Vision Rehabilitation Therapy (CVRT) and as an Orientation and Mobility Specialist (COMS).  Her research background is in Ageing, Vision Impairment, Activity, Independence and Life Satisfaction.  She is currently involved in research related to the impact of the NZ earthquakes on people living with disabilities, on disability across the lifespan, in Vocational Rehabilitation and on disability and sexual violence.

Gretchen Good, PhD., is a senior lecturer in Rehabilitation.  Her research area is disability across the lifespan, with a focus on activity, independence and life satisfaction. 

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Professional

Contact details

  • Ph: 83510
    Location: 7.01, SST
    Campus: Turitea

Qualifications

  • BA Michigan State Univeristy, Journalism and Communications - Michigan State University (1985)
  • MA Boston College, Counselling, Special Education and Rehabilitation - Boston College (1988)
  • PhD Rehabilitation, Massey University (2007)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Vocational Rehabilitation

Adapted daily living skills

Vision impairment and blindness

Multiple disabilities in preschoolers

Quality of Life

Life Satisfaction

Social Comparisons 

Citizenship in young adults

Diabetes Management 

Impact of earthquakes on those with disabilities

special needs adoption 

 

Thematics

Health and Well-being

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Aged Health Care (111702):
Built Environment And Design (120000):
Care for Disabled (111703): Community Child Health (111704): Medical And Health Sciences (110000): Public Health and Health Services (111700)

Keywords

Vocational Rehabilitation

Adapted daily living skills

Vision impairment and blindness

Multiple disabilities in preschoolers

Quality of Life

Life Satisfaction

Social Comparisons 

Citizenship in young adults

Diabetes Management 

Impact of earthquakes on those with disabilities

special needs adoption

 

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 0 1

Completed Projects

Project Title: The experience of people who are blind or vision impaired during and after the Christchurch earthquakes

In January 2011 interviews were conducted with 12 Christchurch residents who are vision impaired about their experiences of the non-fatal 7.1 September 2010 earthquake, its impact upon their daily lives and views regarding emergency services and disaster management. On February 22, 2011 another major 6.3 earthquake occurred in Christchurch causing further destruction and loss of life. We had the unprecedented opportunity to interview eight of the original participants about their experiences on and since the major earthquake activity. Staff of the Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind also contributed their views on how to prepare for future disasters. This has been the first time people's experience of sequential earthquake activity has been tracked and the results of our study provided unique insight into the impact of disasters on those living with disability. From the narratives, the researchers have highlighted how communities and agencies such as the RNZFB and Civil Defence can be better prepared to assist those who are vulnerable in future disasters. Recommendations were also made about what individuals can do to better prepare for future disasters. This research has identified themes and practical suggestions to guide further research in the area.
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Date Range: 2012 - 2012

Funding Body: Massey University

Project Team:

Consultancy and Languages

Languages

  • NZ Sign language
    Last used: Daily
    Spoken ability: Needs work
    Written ability: Needs work

Supervision and Teaching

Teaching

Supervises research reports and theses in the areas of Social Work, Rehabilitation, Education and Nursing

Teaches in the undergraduate Rehabilitation programme, including the BHSc

Teaches in the postgraduate Diploma in Rehabilitation.

 

Media and Links

Media

  • 31 Jul 2015 - Radio
    Assistance Dogs for Disabled Children
    Radio interview related to personal and research experience regarding Assistance Dogs for adults and children who live with impairments. Interviewed on AccessManawatu by Liz Chandler for the Volunteer

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