Our mission and expertise

The RCSI School of Physiotherapy’s mission is to improve physical function, participation, well-being and lifelong health through impactful and innovative research. We evaluate healthcare interventions and models of care for people across the lifespan especially in sporting populations and people with long-term conditions.

Our expertise covers the clinical areas of neurology and gerontology, musculoskeletal health, cardiorespiratory health, obesity and paediatrics. We focus on (re)habilitation and physical activity to restore and maintain health and wellness in clinical populations, using digital technology, non-digital and public health approaches. We achieve our mission by partnering with the public, people living with long-term conditions, sporting populations, frontline health and social care professionals and interdisciplinary centres of excellence, within RCSI, nationally and internationally.

We are located on the RCSI Dublin campus with purpose-built facilities for our postgraduate students and research staff, and a fully-equipped movement analysis laboratory. We have excellent links with clinical sites throughout Ireland and abroad.

We are a dynamic group of experienced physiotherapy academic and clinical researchers with an excellent track record in securing grant income, publishing research papers, supervising Masters and PhD students and impacting healthcare education and delivery.

Research in numbers

  • principal investigators 
  • visiting professors (Professor David Baxter, University of Otago, NZ; Professor Maria Stokes, University of Southampton, UK; Professor Charlie Foster)
  • 2 external lecturers (Sarah Rand, University College London and Dr Rose Galvin, University of Limerick Ireland)
  • 2 Honorary Lecturers (Aine Ryan, Aoife Stephenson and Mary Walsh)
  • research staff
  • 18 postgraduate students (including eight PhD students)
  • >€2 million – current grant income

Research interests and methods expertise

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