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Research interests

My research interests connect the biomechanics of human movement and the objective quantification of gait and posture using wearable technology. In particular, I want to determine the value of wearable technology as a means to quantify human movement from accelerometer-based data and how novel signal processing techniques may provide unique and specific biomarkers to a mixture of movement disorders. I strive towards discovering the optimum techniques of measuring human mobility so that it can both identify those at risk of mobility impairment, but also, to improve the efficacy of person-centered interventions so that people can remain physically active well into their later years. 

Biography

Prior to becoming a Lecturer within the Sports, Exercise, and Rehabilitation department at Northumbria University, I received a BSc in Sport and Exercise Science from the University of Chester. I then shifted my biomechanical interests to a clinical perspective where I studied an MSc in Biomechanics of Gait and Posture at Liverpool John Moores University. Following the completion of my MSc, I conducted a collaborative MRes/Ph.D. based between the Mechanical engineering department at the University of Sheffield and Newcastle University. My Ph.D. focussed on the movement of the upper body during gait and if novel ways of assessing signals obtained from wearable technology could highlight specific impairments for people with Parkinson’s disease. Thereafter I became a member of Brain and Movement Research Group where I worked as a research associate and used the knowledge I had gained from my Ph.D. to work on a variety of both national and international projects. Now I am happy to join Northumbria University where I hope my educational and research background can inspire those studying Physiotherapy and also Sport and exercise science. 

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

Education/Academic qualification

Mechanical Engineering, PhD, Upper body movements as a biomarker for Parkinson's disease

16 Mar 201831 Dec 2099

Award Date: 16 Mar 2018

MRes, Musculoskeletal ageing for The Centre for Integrated research into Musculoskeletal Ageing, University of Sheffield

1 Sept 20131 Aug 2014

Award Date: 1 Jul 2014

Sports Science (Education), MSc, Biomechanics of Gait and Posture, Liverpool John Moores University

1 Sept 201231 Aug 2013

Award Date: 1 Jul 2013

BSc (Hons), Sport and Exercise Science, University of Chester

1 Sept 20091 Aug 2012

Award Date: 1 Jul 2012

External positions

The Deep Dementia Phenotyping (DEMON) Network

20 Mar 2020 → …

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