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Dr Meriel Norris

Dr Meriel Norris

Mary Seacole 3rd Floor-Bay 33


I qualified as a Physiotherapist in 1993 (Leeds) and worked in the NHS for several years specialising in neurology and specifically stroke rehabilitation. My last clinical post held was as a stroke clinical specialist at St Mary’s hospital, London. I have also worked for a number of years in India and Indonesia in both disaster and development projects related to disability and rehabilitation. My MSc in Medical Anthropology was completed in 2002 (London) and PhD in 2009. My PhD topic brought together the fields of stroke, rehabilitation and anthropology by exploring the experience and health seeking behaviour following stroke in Aceh, Indonesia.


PhD, MSc, BSc (Hons), PGCert (LTHE)


Committee Responsibilities:

  • Staff and student liaison committee

Administration Responsibilities:

  • Year 3 lead
  • Module leader Research Proposal
  • Module leader Rehabilitation II
  • Academic skills liaison
  • Erasmus link tutor
  • Partnership working lead on mobilisation plan with NHSL

Other Responsibilities:

  • Reviewer College Ethics Committee

External Activities:

Reviewer for Intercollegiate Stroke Working Party for the preparation of National clinical guidelines for stroke.

Reviewer for grant applications for The Stroke Association and Ataxia UK

Teaching Interests:

Neurology, rehabilitation and research

Newest selected publications

Maslivec, A., Fielding, A., Wilson, M., Norris, M. and Young, W. (2020) '‘Recoupling’ the attentional and motor control of preparatory postural adjustments to overcome Freezing of Gait in Parkinson’s'. Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation, 17 (1). pp. 1 - 13. ISSN: 1743-0003 Open Access Link

Journal article

Boniface, G., Ghandi, V., Norris, M., Williamson, E., Kirtley, S. and O'Connell, NE. (2020) 'A systematic review exploring the evidence reported to underpin exercise dose in clinical trials of rheumatoid arthritis'. Rheumatology, 59 (11). pp. 3147 - 3157. ISSN: 1462-0324 Open Access Link

Journal article

Ryan, JM., Fortune, J., Stennett, A., Kilbride, C., Lavelle, G., Hendrie, W., et al. (2019) 'Safety, feasibility, acceptability and effects of a behaviour-change intervention to change physical activity behaviour among people with multiple sclerosis: results from the iStep-MS randomised controlled trial.'. Multiple Sclerosis, 26 (14). pp. 1907 - 1918. ISSN: 1352-4585 Open Access Link

Journal article

Norris, M., Calitri, R., Dean, S., Anthony, S. and Poltawski, L. (2019) 'Hope and despair: a qualitative exploration of the experiences and impact of trial processes in a rehabilitation trial'. Trials, 20 (525). pp. 1 - 30. ISSN: 1745-6215 Open Access Link

Journal article

Stennett, A., Norris, M. and Desouza, L. (2018) 'The meaning of exercise and physical activity in community dwelling people with Multiple Sclerosis'. Disability and Rehabilitation, 42 (3). pp. 317 - 323. ISSN: 0963-8288 Open Access Link

Journal article
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