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
Manikandan, M., Casey, C., Doyle, A., Kerr, C., Walsh, M., Walsh, A. and (2022) 'Use of health services and unmet needs among adults with cerebral palsy in Ireland'. Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology, 64 (10). pp. 1270 - 1280. ISSN: 0012-1622et al.
Manikandan, M., Cassidy, E., Cook, G., Kilbride, C., Kerr, C., Walsh, A., (2022) 'Access, use and satisfaction with physiotherapy services among adults with cerebral palsy living in the United Kingdom and Ireland'. Disability and Rehabilitation, 0 (in press). pp. 1 - 9. ISSN: 0963-8288 Open Access Linket al.
Ryan, JM., Walsh, M., Owens, M., Byrne, M., Kroll, T., Hensey, O., (2022) 'Transition to adult services experienced by young people with cerebral palsy: A cross‐sectional study'. Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology, 0 (in press). ISSN: 0012-1622 Open Access Linket al.
Ryan, JM., Lavelle, G., Noorkoiv, M., Kiernan, D., Theis, N., Little, Ú., (2022) 'Associations between gait kinematics, gross motor function and physical activity among young people with cerebral palsy: A cross sectional study'. Physiotherapy Practice and Research, 43 (1). pp. 71 - 80. ISSN: 2213-0683 Open Access Linket al.
Kilbride, C., Warland, A., Stewart, V., Aweid, B., Samiyappan, A., Ryan, J., (2022) 'Rehabilitation using virtual gaming for Hospital and hOMe-Based training for the Upper limb post Stroke (RHOMBUS II): protocol of a feasibility randomised controlled trial'. BMJ Open, 12 (6). pp. 1 - 9. ISSN: 2044-6055 Open Access Linket al.