Dr Niamh Moloney

Dr Niamh Moloney

Dr Niamh Moloney 

 Dr Niamh Moloney, Lecturer

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Phone: +61 2 9850 6614  / Fax: +61 2 9850 6630
Location: Ground floor 75 Talavera Road
Macquarie University

Introduction

Publications

Grants

Introduction

  • Over 16 years of combined clinical practice and research experience in the area of musculoskeletal physiotherapy and pain management.
  • Focused on the integration of clinical pain sciences in musculoskeletal physiotherapy with respect to clinical practice, research and education.
  • Research interests include the pathophysiology of pain and the assessment of pain sensitisation.
  • Previously employed at the University of Sydney, where she continues to be an active member of their Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Research Group. 
  • Completed her PhD in University College Dublin and taught on their MSc Neuromusculoskeletal therapy program.
  • Completed her Masters of Manipulative Therapy at  Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Western Australia where she was warded the Vice-Chancellor's prize for best research project.
  • Presented at over 30 national and international conferences along with several invited speaker presentations at national symposia.
  • Published in several high impact journals, including Pain, Pain Physician, Clinical Journal of Pain and Manual Therapy.
  • Reviewer for several pain and physiotherapy journals.
  • Member of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists, Australian Pain Society and the International Association for the Study of Pain.
  • Previously Chairperson of the Chartered Physiotherapists in Musculoskeletal Therapy special interest group in Ireland and Irish Representative to the International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Therapy.
  • Sits on the Agency for Clinical Innovation of New South wales -Musculoskeletal Network.

Publications

Book Chapters

  1. Hall T, Briffa K, Schäfer A, Tampin B, Moloney N. (2015) Book Chapter: Quantitative Sensory Testing: Implications for clinical practice. IN Grieve’s Modern Manual Therapy, Chapter 20, 194-201. Elsevier, UK.
  2. Nijs J, Leysen L, Pas R, Adriaensens N, Meeus M, Hoelen W, Ickmans, K, Moloney N. (2016). Physical Therapy for Pain following Cancer Treatment in Adults: Applying Neuro-immunology in Practice. Accepted March 2016 Acta Oncologica.
  3. Moloney N, Wrigley P, Hush J. (2016). Somatosensory assessment in chronic pain: progress and potential. Pain Management March 2016.
  4. Alamrani S, Alsobayel H, Alnahdi, A, Moloney N, Mackey M. Cross-cultural adaptation and validation of the Back Beliefs Questionnaire to the Arabic language. Spine (Accepted Dec 2015).
  5. Blackburn S, Moloney N, Edgar D, Pappas E, Refshauge K. 2015 When Can I Drive? Return to driving following a wrist fracture: a critical review. Journal of Hand Therapy. Accepted July 20.
  6. Allen N, Wong C, Canning C, Moloney N.  2015 The association between Parkinson’s disease motor impairments and pain. Pain Medicine. Accepted July 28, 2015.
  7. O’Leary H, Smart K, Moloney N, Fullen B, Doody C. (2015). Pain sensitization and the risk of poor outcome following physiotherapy for patients with moderate to severe knee osteoarthritis- a prospective cohort study. BMJ Open; 5(6): e007430.
  8. Rebbeck T, Moloney N, Huebscher M, Azoory R, Waller R, Beales D. (2015). Clinical ratings of pain sensitivity correlate with quantitative measures in people with chronic neck pain and healthy controls: Cross sectional study. Physical Therapy. EPub ahead of Print. May 28.2015.
  9. Baldwin, JN, McKay MJ, Hiller CE, Nighingale, EJ, Moloney, NA, Vanicek, N, Ferierra, P, Refshauge K, Burns, J. (2015) Defining health and disease: setting the boundaries for physiotherapy: Are we overtreating or undertreating? How can we tell? British Journal of Sports Medicine. IF 4.17 Accepted EPub ahead of print May 12 2015.
  10. Baldwin, JN, McKay MJ, Hiller CE, Nighingale, EJ, Moloney, NA, Vanicek, N, Fererra, P, Refshauge K, Burns, J. (2015) Forming norms: informing diagnosis and management in sports medicine. British Journal of Sports Medicine. EPub ahead of Print April, 2015 IF 4.17 Accepted 13/05/2015.
  11. *Fingleton C, Smart K, Moloney N, Fullen BM, Doody, C. (2015).  Pain sensitization in people with knee osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis and Cartilage: 23(7): 1043-1056.  IF 4.66.
  12. Allen NE*, Moloney N*, van Vliet V, Canning CG. (2015). The Rationale for Exercise in the Management of Pain in Parkinson's Disease. J Parkinsons Dis. 2015 Feb 3. [Epub ahead of print] *joint first author IF 1.1.
  13. Marnee J. McKay, Jennifer N. Baldwin, Paulo Ferreira, Milena Simic, Natalie Vanicek, Claire E. Hiller, Elizabeth J. Nightingale, Niamh A. Moloney, Kate Quinlan, Fereshteh Pourkazemi, Kristy Rose, Jacqueline Raymond, Martin G. Mackey, Angus Chard, Markus Hübscher, Caleb Wegener, Alycia Fong Yan, Kathryn M. Refshauge, Joshua Burns, on behalf of the Norms Project Consortium (2015). 1000 Norms Project: Protocol of a cross-sectional study cataloguing human variation. Physiotherapy. Jan 22 EPub ahead of print. IF 2.11.
  14. Moloney N, Hall T, Doody C. (2015). Divergent sensory phenotypes in non-specific arm pain: a comparison with cervical radiculopathy. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 96(2):269-75. IF 2.44 1 citation.
  15. Moloney N, Hall T, Leaver A, Doody C. (2015). The clinical utility of pain classification in non-specific arm pain. Manual Therapy. 20(1):157-65. IF 1.76.
  16. Nijs J, Torres-Cueco R, van Wilgen CP, Lluch Girbés E, Struyf F, Roussel N, Van Oosterwijck J, Daenen L, Kuppens K, Vanderweeën L, Hermans L, Beckwée D, Voogt L, Clark J, Moloney N, Meeus M (2014). Applying modern pain neuroscience in clinical practice:  Criteria for the classification of central sensitization pain. Pain Physician: 17:447-457. IF 4.77 3 citations.
  17. Hübscher, M; Moloney, N; Traegar, A; Rebbeck, T; McAuley, JH; Refshauge, KM (2014). Contributions of mood, pain catastrophizing and cold hyperalgesia in acute and chronic low back pain- a comparison with pain-free controls. Clinical Journal of Pain: 30(10):886-93. IF 2.70 1 citation.
  18. Hübscher, M; Moloney, N; Leaver, A; Rebbeck, T; McAuley, JH; Refshauge, KM (2013). Relationship between quantitative sensory testing and pain or disability in people with spinal pain - a systematic review and meta-analysis. Pain: 154:1497-1504. IF 5.84 20 citations.
  19. Moloney N, Hall T, Doody C. (2013). Sensory hyperalgesia is characteristic of Nonspecific arm pain: A comparison with cervical radiculopathy and controls. Clinical Journal of Pain: 29;948-956. IF 2.70 4 citations.
  20. Moloney N, Hall T, Doody C. (2012). Reliability of thermal quantitative sensory testing: A systematic review. Journal of Rehabilitation, Research and Development: 49(2); 191-208. IF 1.69 15 citations.
  21. Moloney N, Hall T, Doody C. (2011). Reliability of thermal quantitative sensory testing on the hand in a cohort of young healthy adults. Muscle and Nerve: 44(4); 547-552. IF 2.31 13 citations.
  22. Moloney N, Hall T, Doody C, (2011) Pathophysiology of non-specific arm pain. Physical Therapy Reviews: 16(5); 321-330. No IF 1 citation.
  23. Moloney N, Hall T, Doody C. (2010). An investigation of somatosensory profiles in work related upper limb disorders: A case-control observational study protocol. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders: 11 (22). IF 1.90 10 citations.
  24. O’Sullivan P, Dankaerts W, Burnett A, Straker L, Bargon, G, Moloney N, Perry M, Tsang S. (2006). Trunk EMG and kinematics during two types of sitting. Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy: 36:19-25. IF 2.38 17 citations.
  25. Moloney N, (2005). Temporomandibular Dysfunction: A Review. Physiotherapy Ireland, 26(2) 17-22. No IF.
  26. Moloney N, Beales D, Hibscher M, Waller R, Azoory R, Rebbeck T. Are measures of pain sensitisation predictive of long term pain and disability in chronic neck pain? IN prep.

Refereed Journal Articles

Under Review

  1. Nijs J, Leysen L, Adriaensens N, Ferrandiz EA, Devoogdt N, Tassenoy A, Ickmans K, van Wilgen CP, Wijma A, Kuppens K, Meeus M, Hoelen W, Moloney N*, Meeus M.  Pain Following Cancer Treatment: Guidelines for the Clinical Classification of Predominant Neuropathic, Nociceptive and Central Sensitization Pain. Submitted to Physical Therapy (*joint last author).
  2. O’Leary H, Smart K, Moloney N, Doody C.  Pain sensitisation as a predictor of treatment outcome in peripheral musculoskeletal conditions: a systematic review Submitted to Clinical Journal of Pain.
  3. Griffin A, Leaver A, Moloney N. Whiplash: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Submitted to Journal of Physiotherapy. 
  4. Sung J, Dylke E, Kilbreath S, Moloney N. Submitted to Supportive care in cancer. 
  5. Moloney N, Beales D, Hibscher M, Waller R, Azoory R, Rebbeck T. Are measures of pain sensitisation predictive of long term pain and disability in chronic neck pain? IN prep.

Grants

  1. 2014: International Program Development Fund, The international network for study of cultural determinants of musculoskeletal disability: engaging the Middle East.
  2. 2014: Sydney South-East Asia Cluster Grant, An integrated, optimised and dynamic Vietnamese and Australian health database infrastructure.
  3. 2014: Research and Innovation ECR Conference Travel Support, Applying modern neuroscience in clinical practice: Criteria for the classification of central sensitisation pain.
  4. 2013-2016: Health Research Board, Ireland-PhD Fellowship, Nervous system sensitisation in people with osteoarthritis of the knee: A prospective cohort study.
  5. 2012: The University of Sydney- Faculty of Health Sciences Equipment Grant, Clinical and quantitative sensory testing in neck pain and whiplash.
  6. 2012: The University of Sydney-Faculty of Health Sciences, Early Career Researcher Conference Grant.
  7. 2011: Chartered Physiotherapists in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Research Bursary, An investigation of somatosensory profiles in non-specific arm pain and cervical radiculopathy.
  8. 2011: Chartered Physiotherapists in Occupational Health and Ergonomics Research Bursary, An investigation of somatosensory profiles in non-specific arm pain and cervical radiculopathy.
  9. 2008-2011: Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering and Technology PhD Scholarship, An investigation of somatosensory profiles in non-specific arm pain and cervical radiculopathy.
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