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PhD projects

Please contact me if you have an interest in using modern technologies to examine neurological conditions (such as Parkinson's disease or mild traumatic brain injury / concussion) or physiotherapy assessments/interventions. This includes but not limited to: inertial sensors, eye-tracking, functional near infrared spectroscopy, electroencephalography

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Research interests

My overall research goal is to improve mobility and functional capabilities through understanding the relationships between sensory, cognitive, gait and balance features in those with neurological disorders, such as Parkinson’s disease or mild traumatic brain injury. My research uses a variety of techniques to untangle the complex interactions between these features, such as mobile devices capable of monitoring physiological responses while walking (e.g. eye-tracker, functional near infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS), electroencephalography (EEG)) simultaneously with laboratory measures (e.g. 3D motion capture, walking mat systems) and body worn sensors to monitor movement (e.g. inertial sensors, electromyography). These innovative techniques, combined with visual and neuro cognitive batteries, allow for the examination of relationships between sensory, cognitive and motor task performance. This approach allows investigation of clinically applied assessments and interventions, which can help to understand and develop novel treatment possibilities both within clinic and free-living.

Education/Academic qualification

Neurosciences, PhD, Newcastle University

1 Jan 201317 Jul 2016

Award Date: 1 Sep 2016

Physiotherapy, MSc, Northumbria University

1 Jan 201121 Dec 2012

Award Date: 21 Dec 2012

Sports Science, BSc (Hons), University of Sunderland

1 Sep 20065 Jun 2009

Award Date: 5 Jun 2009

External positions

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Trust

1 Apr 2020 → …

Oregon Health and Science University

1 Aug 20171 Jun 2020

Newcastle University

1 Jan 201323 Jul 2017

Durham University

1 Aug 200920 Dec 2009


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