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John Gormley

Dr John Gormley, Head of Discipline and Associate Professor

John Gormley was appointed the Head of the Discipline of Physiotherapy since 2015. He has  been a lecturer in Trinity College since 1996. The over-arching theme of his research is the scientific reasoning underpinning therapeutics in physical medicine. This has focused on quantifying both biomechanical and physiological responses to specific modalities used in physical medicine. In recent years this has concentrated on the biomechanical and physiological responses to exercise. While there is strong evidence at an epidemiological level for exercise benefits in preventing and treating disease the level of evidence supporting guidelines is variable. The physiological response to specific volumes of exercise is currently under investigation in sedentary adults. At the other end of the spectrum, he is engaged in studies examining the effect of inactivity especially the relationship between activity and cardiovascular risk factors in children and adults with Cerebral Palsy and adults with Hepatitis C. The biomechanical response to exercise is another area of interest. Research completed has examined how overweight and obesity effect gait in both adults and children. He has authored numerous scientific papers and book chapters and has been co-editor of two books.


Dr Emma Stokes, Associate Professor

Emma Stokes qualified as a physiotherapist in 1990 [BSc Physiotherapy, Trinity College Dublin] and as a professional coach (executive and leadership) in 2015. While working as a clinical physiotherapist at St. James’s Hospital, Dublin (1990-1996), she completed a post-graduate Diploma in Statistics in 1993 and MSc (Research) in 1995 both at Trinity College Dublin. She took up an academic position at Trinity College in 1996, completed a PhD in 2005 and a Master’s degree (MSc Mgmt, Business Administration) in the School of Business in 2008. She is an associate professor at the Department of Physiotherapy, Trinity College Dublin [1996 to date]. She was elected as a Fellow of the College in 2012.  In 2015, she was elected President of the World Confederation for Physical Therapy.


Juliette Hussey

Dr Juliette Hussey, Associate Professor

Juliette Hussey is the Vice-President for Global Relations/Associate Professor Physiotherapy in Trinity College. She was previously the Head of Physiotherapy from 2003-2015, (acting 2003-2009) and has been a senior lecturer since 2006. The main focus of her research is exercise in the management and prevention of disease. The ultimate aim of this work is translational focused on improving scientific exercise prescription to optimise therapeutic responses to exercise interventions in chronic disease and particularly cancer. She is PI on a number of research projects mainly investigating the effect of physical activity and rehabilitation models to expedite recovery across a range of cancers. She has supervised 23 post graduate students to completion in the area of exercise in the prevention and treatment of disease and is currently supervising 7 postgraduate students.

Ms Fiona Wilson

Dr Fiona Wilson, Associate Professor

Dr Fiona Wilson is a Chartered Physiotherapist and Associate Professor in the Discipline of Physiotherapy, TCD. She has over 25 years postgraduate experience and has worked in hospital medicine to senior grade in the UK, South Africa and Ireland. She has worked with elite and international athletes throughout her career and was Lead Physiotherapist for Rowing Ireland for 10 years. Her research has focused on sport and exercise medicine with a special focus on rowing and back pain and recently in rugby and concussion. She is editorial board member for a number of leading Sports Medicine Journals and was awarded the prestigious Cochrane Fellowship in 2012.


Ms Sara Dockrell

Dr Marese Cooney, Assistant Professor

Marese’s research interests lie in the areas of pain management and professional issues with particular interest in the development and use of tools to empowering people and communities to achieve better health. The focus of her PhD thesis was to map the range of issues experienced by women following treatment for breast cancer. The output was a tool that can be used to map the recovery trajectory and prepare women for clinical encounters.
Internationally she has held the position of Vice Chairman of the European Region of W.C.P.T. She led the development of European Core Physiotherapy Practice Standards adopted and utilised by over 35 countries. Nationally she has served on the council and acted as the international representative of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists. She has been involved in the description of the scope of physiotherapy practice and developed the first CPD portfolios used by graduates and undergraduates.



Dr Julie Broderick , Assistant Professor

Dr. Julie Broderick (Ph.D.) was the recipient of a Health Research Board (Ireland) Clinical Fellowship in 2008. She also holds an honours degree (BSc.) in Physiotherapy, a Masters in Exercise Physiology (MSc.) and a Post-graduate Diploma in Statistics (H. Dip.) from Trinity College Dublin. She has a special interest in the application of research findings to individualise exercise prescription and optimise physiotherapy management during cancer treatment and into survivorship. She is also interested in the role of physical activity in other disease populations especially in the cardio-respiratory area and in mental illness. She was awarded a Cochrane Fellowship in 2014 to conduct an Overview in the area of Physical Health in Mental Illness.



Dr Sara Dockrell, Assistant Professor

Sara Dockrell PhD, MA, MEd, Tip TP, MISCP, MIES is an assistant professor in the Discipline of Physiotherapy, Trinity College Dublin. Prior to joining TCD she was a clinical physiotherapist in St. James’s Hospital, Dublin and Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin, Dublin. Her primary research interest is the investigation and application of ergonomics to promote physical health and wellbeing in children and students.




Ms Elizabeth Culleton-Quinn, Assistant Professor

Elizabeth Culleton-Quinn is an Assistant Professor at the Discipline of Physiotherapy, TCD. Responsibilities include lectures to physiotherapy students in the areas of Women’s Health; Paediatric Orthopaedics and Bone Health. Teaching responsibilities in theoccupational therapy curriculum include Applied Anatomy; Moving and Handling and Medicine and Orthopaedics. She also lectures on the MSc in Translational Oncology at TCD. Her main research interests include the areas of Women's Health, Continence, Bone Health including the role of exercise in the promotion of musculoskeletal and bone health following cancer in children and adolescents.


Ms Angela Heavey

Ms Angela Heavey, Assistant Professor



Dr Emma Stokes

Ms Lucy Alpine, Practice Education Co-Ordinator

Lucy Alpine qualified from Trinity College Dublin in 2007 with a BSc in Physiotherapy (Hons). She worked clinically in a number of hospitals before moving to the role of Practice Education Co-ordinator in the Discipline of Physiotherapy Trinity College in 2004. She currently manages all aspect of the practice education component of the course. She completed a Diploma in Statistics in 2009 and her MSc by Research in 2012. Her research masters were in the area of hip fracture outcomes and follow-up care.
In her role in practice education she has a specific interest in health profession education and has developed a framework for a 2:1 supervision model in physiotherapy. Other current research areas of interest in practice education include quality in education, innovative service development with students and factors that influence health care professionals to supervise students. 

Ms Emer Barrett

Dr Emer Barrett, Regional Placement Facilitator

Dr Emer Barrett holds a BSc Honours Degree in Physiotherapy from Kings College London and a PhD from Trinity College Dublin. Her primary research interest investigates the role of physical activity in the prevention and management of chronic disease in primary care.
She has gained extensive experience as a clinical physiotherapist specialising in the rehabilitation of patients with both neurological and musculoskeletal conditions whilst working in health services in Ireland, the UK and Australia. Since 2007 she has held a full-time teaching post in Trinity College Dublin delivering lectures in health promotion and neurology as well as supporting students on clinical placement. In 2009 she introduced an interprofessional course across the Faculty of Health Sciences facilitating over 500 students from seven different health disciplines to work together in small interdisciplinary groups, modelling those seen in modern health care.

Mr Cillin Condon

Mr Cillin Condon, Senior Physiotherapist

Cillin Condon qualified from the Universtiy of Teesside, UK in 1993 with a BSc Physiotherapy. He has a MSc in Sports Medicine and a MBA from Trinity College, Dublin. He has worked for Trinity College Discipline of Physiotherapy as a clinical teacher/co-ordinator and currently teaches anatomy, biomechanics and musculoskeletal physiotherapy on the undergraduate course. His research interests are implementation of evidence based practice, pediatric rheumatology and pediatric normative abilities.


Dr. Cuisle Forde, Assistant Professor

Dr Cuisle Forde is an Assistant Professor in the Discipline of Physiotherapy. Through her interest in technology and innovative teaching methods, she helped develop the online Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Exercise. Her research is in the area of exercise and physical activity levels in paediatric and clinical populations, including those with chronic communicable diseases.


Ms Sara Dockrell

Dr Emer Guinan, Research Fellow

Dr Guinan’s work is largely focused on the area of exercise oncology, with a particular interest on the role of exercise interventions to optimise functional performance and treatment outcome for patients undergoing or who have recently completed treatment for cancer. She is working primarily on the HRB funded Rehabilitation Strategies Following Oesophageal Cancer (ReStOre) trial which is implementing a 12-week multidisciplinary rehabilitation programme for patients who have completed treatment for oesophageal cancer. In addition, she is collaborating with a number of oncology research groups on multi-site interventions in both the oesophageal and advanced prostate cancer patients. Dr Guinan is a member of the international Transdisciplinary Prostate Cancer Partnership (ToPCaP) and a current member of the protocol development working group for the Movember Funded Global Action Plan (GAP4) project which will implement a multi-site international randomised controlled trial of exercise training in metastatic prostate cancer in the coming year. She is an active member of the ISCP and has fulfilled the role of research officer for the Chartered Physiotherapists in Oncology and Palliative Care (CPOPC) for the past three years. She has clinical experience in a variety of different roles and has contributed to both undergraduate and postgraduate teaching at Trinity College Dublin. Her work has been widely published and she has presented at conferences both nationally and internationally.

Ms Tricia Birch

Patricia Birch, Executive Officer (part-time)


Ms Tricia Birch

Sarah McLoughlin, Executive Officer




Last updated 30 August 2017 School Web Administrator (Email).