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After completing my undergraduate degree in physiotherapy at RGU, I was employed in the NHS as a physiotherapist for many years. Then, after a short time in a research post at the University of Queensland Australia, I completed my PhD in spinal biomechanics (including kinematics, electromyography and magentic resonance imaging) at the  University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna, Austria. From there I took up a post-doctoral position at the University of Edinburgh, where I continued my research work in the evaluation of muscle activation in low back pain. Since joining UWS in 2016, I have continued my research in spinal muscle morphology and electrophysiological behaviour in both rehabilitation and pain, as well as the evaluation of biomechanics and injury in sport and performance, with a particular focus in runners and the female athlete. 

Current research activities

  • Epimediology and risk factors of running injuries
  • Efficacy of prehabilitation to prevent injuries in sport
  • Muscle morphology and electropysiological behaviour in low back pain

Current teaching activities and interests

I am the programme leader for the BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise programme at UWS. My main teaching activities focus around anatomy, kinesiology, biomechanics, injury, and research methods. I am also part of the supervisory team of several PhD and MRes students, and co-lead a CPD module in research for healthcare professionals.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities


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