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Research Interests

Dr. Karen McConnell is a Lecturer in Physiotherapy and  paediatric physiotherapist. She was awarded a PhD by the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Queen’s University Belfast in 2012. Her doctoral research evaluated management of the upper limb in children with cerebral palsy. Karen’s research interests include trends in the prevalence and characteristics of cerebral palsy over time, the effectiveness of therapeutic interventions for the cerebral palsy population, and patient and public involvement in research. She is Regional Representative for the Northern Ireland Association of Paediatric Chartered Physiotherapists (APCP) Committee.

Teaching Interests


Lecturer: Rehabilitation of Conditions (BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy)

PhD Researcher Profile

McCavert M (full-time PhD), Queen’s University Belfast: Sleep disturbances in children with cerebral palsy (with Kerr C [QUB] & Perra O [QUB]).

Boyd A (full-time PhD), Queen’s University Belfast: Social inclusion for children and young people with complex disabilities (with Kerr C [QUB], Lynn F [QUB] & Byrne B [QUB]).

Current and Recent Grants

Kerr C (PI) and McConnell K. Acceptability and feasibility of vestibular nerve stimulation (VeNS) in children with cerebral palsy: an industry-academic collaboration (2019; Medical Research Council, Proximity to Discovery)

McConnell K, Johnston L and Kerr C. (2009-2012) Management of the upper limb in children with cerebral palsy (2009-2012). PhD studentship awarded to McConnell, funded by Department of Education and Learning, Northern Ireland

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
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Queen's Univerity, Belfast

Award Date: 30 Nov 2012


Award Date: 30 Jun 2008


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