Dr Angelica Thompson Butel - Nat Sch Exercise Science (Faculty of Health Sciences)

Assistant Supervisor – Only eligible to supervise with a fully accredited Principal or Co-supervisor

I am an Accredited Exercise Physiologist and lecturer in the Masters of Clinical Exercise Physiology with the School of Exercise Science at the Australian Catholic University. I also hold a honorary appointment at St Vincent's Hospital, Sydney and I am a research affiliate with the Center of Research Excellence in Stroke Rehabilitation and Brain Recovery.

I completed the Bachelor of Applied Science: Exercise and Sport Science at Sydney University in 2007 and a PhD at UNSW in 2014. My PhD was based at Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA), where I investigated assessment and rehabilitation techniques for stroke survivors. During my PhD I was awarded a number of competitive scholarships including a full PhD scholarship, a top up scholarship (NeuRA), a Special Domestic PhD scholarship (UNSW) and 3 travel bursaries (Stroke Society of Australasia x2 and UNSW x1).

Since completing my PhD I have continued my research in Neurological rehabilitation and assessment with a special interest in rehabilitation for patients with stroke. I have been involved in a number of studies utilising virtual reality for education and rehabilitation in these populations.


Phone :(02) 9701 4739 (Strathfield)
Email :Angelica.ThompsonButel@acu.edu.au
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Research Interests

Neurological Rehabilitation ; Stroke ; Upper limb assessment ; Aerobic exercise ; Virtual reality ;

Methods Expertise

Clinical trials ; Randomised Controlled Trials ;

Research Projects

No research project is currently recorded.

Selected Publications


Measuring the efficacy of therapy in chronic stroke: active and passive range-of-motion do not reflect improvements in upper-limb motor-function. , in Disability and Rehabilitation

The BDNF genotype interacts with motor-function to influence rehabilitation responsiveness poststroke, in Frontiers in Neurology

Cardiovascular fitness is improved post-stroke with upper-limb Wii-based Movement Therapy but not dose-matched Constraint Therapy, in Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation


The efficacy of Wii-based Movement Therapy for upper-limb rehabilitation in the chronic poststroke period: a randomised controlled trial, in International Journal of Stroke

Comparison of three tools to measure improvements in upper-limb function with post-stroke therapy, in Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair


Two common tests of dexterity can stratify upper-limb motor function after stroke, in Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair


Improving motor activation patterns after stroke with Wii-based Movement Therapy, in Neuromethods: Stimulation and Inhibition of Neurons

Wii-based Movement Therapy benefits stroke patients with low and very low movement ability, in Social Care and Neurodisability