Health, Rehabilitation and Psychology (HRP)

Disability, Injury and Rehabilitation Research Group


The neuromotor strand incorporates research into chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, depression and the definition, impact and management of eating, drinking and swallowing problems (dysphagia) in different clinical populations. Research focuses on early intervention, assessment of outcome measures, interventions and management to improve clinical practice for this patient group.

Members: Darren Chadwick, Rachel Graham, Toni Haire, Paul Holmes, Abebaw Yohannes, Kath Kinmond, Craig McAllister, Duncan Mitchell, Heulwen Sheldrick, Fay Windsor.

Current and recent researchprojects include:

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy for the treatment of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (contact Abebaw Yohannes).
  • The management of depression on chronic diseases by the General practitioners in England and Wales (contact Abebaw Yohannes).
  • Clinical decision-making in dysphagia post-stroke (contact Heulwen Sheldrick).
  • Definition and conceptualisation of dysphagia by speech and language therapists (Heulwen Sheldrick, Darren Chadwick).
  • Rapid tonguing in wind instrumentalists and lingual articulation for speech (contact Fay Windsor) .
  • A survey of the use of passive movements by UK physiotherapists for critically ill, ventilated and sedated patients (contact Rachel Graham).
  • Multimodal observation as a neurorehabilitation therapy for stroke patients (contact Louise Ewan, Paul Holmes)
  • The use of imagery and observation as therapy following stroke (contact Louise Ewan, Paul Holmes)