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Prof Suzanne McDonough - Visiting Williams Evans Fellow 17th Nov - 7th Dec, 2014.

Wednesday, 5 November 2014


Professor Suzanne McDonough is Professor of Health and Rehabilitation at the University of Ulster, N Ireland, and a co-investigator in the UKCRC Centre of Excellence for Public Health (Northern Ireland). She is a physiotherapist by background; was awarded her PhD in the area of neurophysiology in 1995 from University of Newcastle, UK; and a higher diploma in healthcare (Acupuncture) in 2002 from University College Dublin, Ireland. Professor McDonough is lead for the Centre for Health and Rehabilitation Technologies (CHaRT), part of the Institute of Nursing and Health Research, at the University of Ulster.

Her research interests include exploring technologies for the promotion of exercise and physical activity in rehabilitation. Professor McDonough has published widely in her areas of expertise (over 70 full papers), obtained funding from a variety of prestigious external agencies and has completing several clinical trials on musculoskeletal pain, and stroke. She has recently completed a piece of work for the NI Public Health Agency to explore health promotion activity amongst Allied Health Professionals, and designed and taught a newly developed module for physiotherapy undergraduate students at Ulster on ‘Physical Activity for Health’. This module is underpinned by research conducted by Suzanne along with colleagues from the Centre of Excellence for Public Health (Northern Ireland), and those from other centers in Ireland, New Zealand, USA, America and Australia. She is particularly interested in exploring tools to measure physical activity, and how to apply public health approaches (e.g. walking) to clinical populations.
Professor McDonough has played a key role in helping to develop clinical research for Allied Health Professionals. She teaches clinical research techniques at undergraduate and postgraduate level and has supervised 24 PhD students to completion.


Public lecture - 19th November 5pm

Location: Barnett Lecture Theatre

A public health approach to musculoskeletal pain

This presentation will define the terms public health and health promotion and discuss the role that health care professionals (HCPs) can play in this important area. Ways to enhance the impact of HCPs in health promotion will be identified. There will be a focus on health promotion of physical activity, given that physical inactivity is the fourth leading risk factor for global mortality and morbidity; and the challenges around encouraging people to be more active. Musculoskeletal pain is becoming recognised as a public health problem given rising prevalence; and interaction with health services may provide an opportunity to address physical inactivity in this group.

Research week

Prof McDonough will be participating in the CHARR research week 24-28th November.  She will contributing key notes to the following:

Further information

If you would like to arrange an appointment to meet with Prof McDonough, please email CHARR research coordinator