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Area of academic expertise - outline

My PhD was an interspecies comparison of human and ovine spinal biomechanics that included kinematics, electromyography and magentic resonance imaging. 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. This work and my background as a physiotherapist have led me to develop a strong research interest in muscle morphology and electrophysiological behaviour in both rehabilitation and pain, and sport and performance.

Current research activities

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

Desired research direction

My research goal is to develop rehabilitation-and sport-related muscle research at UWS, facilitated by a dedicated research group which will be recognised nationally and internationally.

Current teaching activities and interests

My main teaching activities include lecturing on the BSc Sport and Exercise Science degree, with a main focus on Anatomy, Functional Kinesiology, Biomechanics, and Research Methods. I am also part of the supervisory team of several PhD students in our department.

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Research Output 2009 2019

30 Downloads (Pure)

Kinetic analysis of felines landing from different heights

Wang, M., Song, Y., Valentin, S., Baker, J. S. & Gu, Y., 12 Nov 2019, In : PeerJ. 7, e8007.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
government policy

Leadership skills in the higher education sector: a study of Scotland

Harrison, C., Collins, S., Gilardi, M., Reilly, C. A., Valentin, S., Balaraman, P. & Papadopoulou, C., 5 Sep 2019, British Academy of Management (BAM) 2019 Conference. British Academy of Management, 9 p. 437

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Open Access
15 Downloads (Pure)

Muscle activity during aquatic and land exercises in people with and without low back pain

Psycharakis, S. G., Coleman, S. G. S., Linton, L., Kaliarntas, K. & Valentin, S., 23 Jan 2019, In : Physical Therapy. 99, 3, p. 297-310 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Low Back Pain

Sex differences in heel pad stiffness during a standing heel-rise task

Ugbolue, U. C., Yates, E. L., Lam, W-K., Valentin, S., Baker, J. S. & Gu, Y., 31 Jul 2019.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster

Open Access
Oils and fats
Mechanical properties
Motion analysis

Activities 2017 2019

  • 2 Participation in workshop, seminar, course
  • 1 Participation in conference
  • 1 Oral presentation

Leadership in Higher Education: A Study of the University of the West of Scotland

Christian Harrison (Speaker), Stephen Collins (Speaker), Marco Gilardi (Speaker), Christine Reilly (Speaker), Stephanie Valentin (Speaker), Pravin Balaraman (Speaker), Constantina Papadopoulou (Speaker)
27 Jun 2019

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

Who Owns Health?

Stephanie Valentin (Invited speaker)
25 May 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

Inside Out Science 2018

Stephanie Valentin (Invited speaker)
7 Jun 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

Inside Out Science @ UWS

Stephanie Valentin (Invited speaker)
8 Jun 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course


aquarium fish
systematic review
human health
Track and Field
Feasibility Studies
Body Composition