Theme Members and Research Interests Theme Members and Research Interests

Professor Antony Arthur 
Nurse-led interventions designed to improve the care of older people, the epidemiology of ageing, mental health needs of older people.

Professor Ruth Hancock
Economic, health and social policy implications of individual and population ageing with a particular focus on financial provision for later life and provision for long-term care needs.

Professor Fiona Poland 
To use the power of qualitative research methods such as ethnography and social network analysis, to understand and foster the partnership work involved in managing health and wellbeing concerns for individuals and communities.  

Professor Valerie Pomeroy
Stroke rehabilitation programme focused on enhancing recovery of movement control and functional activity through:

  • identifying underlying mechanisms of impairment, disability, spontaneous and therapy-enhanced recovery

  • using resultant knowledge to inform the content of rehabilitation interventions

  • evaluating interventions in clinical trials

Dr Celia Clarke 
Enhance the recovery of function by identifying the neural mechanisms that control normal walking, which can be used to develop and influence new rehabilitation methods.

Dr Jane Cross 
Experiences of clients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease undertaking pulmonary rehabilitation and randomised controlled trials investigating physiotherapy interventions.

Dr Katherine Deane 
Rehabilitation in Parkinson's disease, the management of chronic conditions in ageing, systematic reviews.

Dr Nicola Hancock 
Investigating activity that might promote recovery of coordinated, functional lower limb movement early after stroke onset, and characterising movement patterns to enable rehabilitation strategies to be targeted appropriately.

Dr Simon Horton
Therapy interventions for acquired communication impairments, the enactment of multi-disciplinary stroke rehabilitation, and the long-term impact of stroke for stroke survivors and their families.

Dr Christina Jerosch-Herold
Hand rehabilitation and the development of evidence-based approaches to clinical assessment, and treatment of upper limb neuro-musculoskeletal disorders.

Dr Niamh Kennedy
Neurophysiology of recovery of motor control post-stroke and brain injury.

Dr Anne Killett
Participative or collaborative approaches to research that engage with the concerns of people using services.

Dr Kathleen Lane
Independence and quality of life in older age, service user involvement in research and in pre-registration teaching, communication and identity post-stroke, intellectual stimulation in later life, research methods, cross-cultural approaches, barriers and enablers to undergraduate experience and retention, and reflective practice.

Dr Kathryn Mares
Evaluating current clinical practice in the field of neurological physiotherapy.

Dr Bridget Penhale
Focus on elder abuse, the protection of vulnerable adults and domestic violence.

Dr George Savva
Using data from longitudinal studies of ageing across Europe we aim to improve the understanding of the frailty syndrome, in particular how best to measure frailty in older people and to understand the links between physiological frailty and cognitive impairment.

Dr Toby Smith
Rehabilitation of people with lower limb orthopaedic disorders, and the surgical management of this population.


Elizabeth Chandler

Rachel Chester
Shoulder pain and predicting response to physiotherapy treatment.

Dr Sheila Gregory
Health and social care of the elderly, living with dementia, how patients and carers express their experience of healthcare provision, action research, informal/family care-giving, changes in identity brought about by illness and care-giving.

Julie Houghton
Senior Research Associate on the NIHR-funded PalmS study (Predicting factors for response to treatment in Carpal Tunnel Syndrome). An interest in health services research. 

Stephanie Howard
Diet, nutrition and health.

Julia Keenan
Patient and public involvement, qualitative methodology, mixed methods, food and family relationships, genetic risk, ethnicity and health, critical obesity perspectives, and governmentality perspectives.

Leanne Miller
Hand trauma and acquired conditions and, to date, have paid particular attention to nerve injury and osteoarthritis. Interested in assessment tools and outcome measures and their psychometric properties as well as rehabilitation interventions and their efficacy on return to function.

Dr Marcello Morciano
Economics of disability, health and public economics of ageing, and applied health micro-econometrics.

Dr Hannah Zeillig
Intersections between literature, culture and ageing, using the arts in educating and supporting the dementia care workforce.

Honorary Appointments

Professor Karen Spilsbury  (University of York)

Professor Philip Rowe  (University of Strathclyde)