Jennifer is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Clinical Sciences at Brunel University London. Her first degree was a BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy, which she completed in Trinity College Dublin. She received a PhD from Trinity College Dublin in 2014. She also completed an MSc in Medical Statistics at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 2017. She has been a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy since 2015.
Jennifer's research interests are in the area of physical activity and exercise for people with disability. She is particularly interested in the associations between physical activity, physical fitness, and chronic disease, and interventions to increase physical activity and physical fitness in people with disability. She is currently Principal Investigator of two randomised controlled trials: the iStep-MS trial, a randomised controlled trial to determine the feasibility and acceptability of an intervention to change physical activity behaviour in people with multiple sclerosis (https://www.istep-ms.com/about), and the STAR trial, a randomised controlled trial of resistance training for adolescents with cerebral palsy (https://thestartrial.org).
Newest selected publications
Norris, M., Ryan, J., Fortune, J., Walsh, A., Kerr, C., Hensey, O., (2020) 'Transition from child to adult health services for young people with cerebral palsy in Ireland: A mixed methods study protocol'. BMJ Open, 10 (12). pp. 1 - 17. ISSN: 2044-6055 Open Access Linket al.
Ryan, JM., McKay, E., Anokye, N., Noorkoiv, M., Theis, N. and Lavelle, G. (2020) 'Comparison of the CHU-9D and the EQ-5D-Y instruments in children and young people with cerebral palsy: A cross-sectional study'. BMJ Open, 10 (9). pp. 1 - 11. ISSN: 2044-6055 Open Access Link
Ryan, J., Theis, N., Koufaki, P., Phillips, S., Anokye, N., Andreopoulou, G., (2020) 'The effect of RaceRunning on cardiometabolic disease risk factors and functional mobility in young people with moderate-to-severe cerebral palsy: protocol for a feasibility study.'. BMJ Open, 10 (7). pp. e036469. ISSN: 2044-6055 Open Access Linket al.
Ryan, JM., Lavelle, G., Theis, N., Noorkoiv, M., Kilbride, C., Korff, T., (2020) 'Progressive resistance training for adolescents with cerebral palsy: the STAR randomized controlled trial'. Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology, 62 (11). pp. 1283 - 1293. ISSN: 0012-1622 Open Access Linket al.
Fortune, J., Norris, M., Stennett, A., Kilbride, C., Lavelle, G., Victor, C., (2020) 'Pedometers, the frustrating motivators: A qualitative investigation of users’ experiences of the Yamax SW-200 among people with multiple sclerosis'. Disability and Rehabilitation. pp. 1 - 7. ISSN: 0963-8288 Open Access Linket al.