David Kennedy

David Kennedy
Assistant Professor
School of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education
Office: McK 124

BA, BSc and MSc (University of New Mexico), PhD (University of New South Wales)

Area of expertise

Neurophysiology; perception and how it affects movement and function; sensory feedback in neurological conditions (in particular stroke and multiple sclerosis) and in healthy populations; pain perception and its physiological and behavioural drivers.


Dr. Kennedy is an Assistant Professor. Dr. Kennedy is US trained physiotherapist with 20+ yrs of clinical practice experience. His interest is in perception and how it affects movement and function and aims to better understand human movement and reduce motor impairments to improve health outcomes.

Research interests

Dr. Kennedy has two main areas of research, stroke and persistent pain. 

In stroke, his focus is on unilateral neglect, a condition that results in a perceptual deficit of one side of the person’s world. His current work is trying to improve the assessment of neglect to devise better treatments. 

In persistent pain, he studies different ways we perceive pain and what influences that perception. He is also doing international education work to improve the public’s understanding of pain.

Selected publications

Fisher, Georgia et al. ‘Proprioception Assessment in Stroke Rehabilitation: A Survey of Australian Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists’. 1 Jan. 2022 : 1 – 9.

Fisher, Georgia, Camila Quel de Oliveira, Simon C. Gandevia and D. S. Kennedy. “Unilateral neglect is associated with poor proprioception after stroke – a systematic review.” bioRxiv (2019): n. pag.

Nuzzo, J. L., Kennedy, D. S., Finn, H. T., & Taylor, J. L. (2021). Voluntary activation of knee extensor muscles with transcranial magnetic stimulation. Journal of applied physiology (Bethesda, Md. : 1985)130(3), 589–604. https://doi.org/10.1152/japplphysiol.00717.2020