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    BT52 1SA Coleraine

    United Kingdom


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Niamh Kennedy is a cognitive neuroscientist with specific interest in the neurophysiology of recovery of motor control post stroke and brain injury using non-invasive methods of stimulation.Niamh’s PhD concentrated on the exploitation of neuroplasticity through rehabilitation or non-invasive methods of stimulation techniques, to enhance the recovery of function in the upper limbs. Her research has actively involved looking at the recovery of individuals with stroke and brain injury, the interaction between motor, sensory and cognitive aspects of behaviour. Niamh has investigated this looking at what experimental psychology can add to our understanding of recovery and the healthy brain.She graduated from Queen's University Belfast with a degree in Psychology (2005), following two summer research internships at Harvard University and Boston University, completed a PhD in Psychology (2011) from Queen's University Belfast.Niamh worked as a Lecturer in Rehabilitation Neuroscience in University of East Anglia (2010-2017) before joining Ulster University in 2017.

Education/Academic qualification

Master, University of East Anglia

Award Date: 7 Dec 2015

Bachelor, Queens University, Belfast

Award Date: 7 Jul 2005

PhD, Queens University, Belfast


External positions

honorary Lecturership, University of East Anglia


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Research Output

Predictors of upper limb spasticity after stroke? A systematic review and meta-analysis

Tedesco Tricas, L., Kennedy, N., Smith, T. & Pomeroy, V., 1 Jun 2019, In : Physiotherapy. 105, 2, p. 163-173 11 p.

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  • 5 Citations (Scopus)
    2 Downloads (Pure)

    Functional Strength Training and Movement Performance Therapy for Upper Limb Recovery Early Poststroke—Efficacy, Neural Correlates, Predictive Markers, and Cost-Effectiveness: FAST-INdiCATE Trial

    Hunter, S. M., Johansen-Berg, H., Ward, N., Kennedy, N. C., Chandler, E., Weir, C. J., Rothwell, J., Wing, A. M., Grey, M. J., Barton, G., Leavey, N. M., Havis, C., Lemon, R. N., Burridge, J., Dymond, A. & Pomeroy, V. M., 25 Jan 2018, In : Frontiers in Neurology. 8, p. 1-24 24 p., 733.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 7 Citations (Scopus)
    22 Downloads (Pure)

    Getting a kinematic handle on reach-to-grasp: A meta-analysis

    Collins, K. C., Kennedy, N. C., Clark, A. & Pomeroy, V. M., 30 Jun 2018, In : Physiotherapy. 104, 2, p. 153-166 14 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 5 Citations (Scopus)

    Kinematic Components of the Reach-to-Target Movement After Stroke for Focused Rehabilitation Interventions: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

    Collins, K., Kennedy, N., Clark, A. & Pomeroy, V., 25 Jun 2018, In : Frontiers in Neurology. 9, 472, p. 1-23

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 5 Citations (Scopus)
    22 Downloads (Pure)

    Characteristics of corticospinal projections to the intrinsic hand muscles in skilled harpists

    Buick, A., Kennedy, N. & Carson, R., 26 Jan 2016, In : Neuroscience Letters. 612, p. 87–91 5 p.

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  • 1 Citation (Scopus)


    Honorary Lectureship

    Kennedy, Niamh (Recipient), 1 Mar 2017

    Prize: Honorary award


    • 1 Invited talk

    Rewiring the brain

    Niamh Kennedy (Speaker)

    3 Oct 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk