I am a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Research Fellow (Knowledge Translation Theme) and I am based at The George Institute for Global Health, and the Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences, at the University of Oxford.
I have a background in exercise science, and my clinical experience includes chronic disease prevention and management including musculoskeletal and cardiovascular disease. In terms of research I have experience in conducting systematic reviews and meta-analyses, running large scale randomised controlled trials of exercise interventions for low back pain, implementation of evidence into practice using behaviour-change research methods and the theory of planned behaviour. More recently, I have been working at The George Institute for Global Health with a multi-disciplinary team of epidemiologists, qualitative researchers, clinicians, health informaticians and bio-medical engineers to use routinely collected data to determine the implementation gaps in the management of acute low back pain in the UK.
I have also had the experience teaching and coordinating masters level exercise science and epidemiology research methods courses at The University of Sydney, University of Western Sydney and University College Dublin.
My work with the Centre for Rehabilitation Research in Oxford (part of NDORMS), is about implementing best practice evidence for the management of persistent low back pain. In particular, I am involved in evaluating the impact of implementing the Back Skills Training programme, a psychologically-informed intervention for patients with low back pain within NHS services. This involves updating the evidence regarding the effectiveness of these types of interventions, using theory to select appropriate implementation strategies and assess impact on sustained implementation. This project is part of Theme 2 of the Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC), Oxford.