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.