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Professor Meriel Norris

Mary Seacole 3rd Floor-Bay 33


As a qualified physiotherapist (since 1993) I have worked in the UK, India and Indonesia specialising in neurorehabilitation. I completed an MA in Medical Anthropology in 2002 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. I joined Brunel Univeristy London in 2009.

A substantial part of my current post is to deliver expert and clinically relevant research-led teaching predominantly post-graduate courses. I am currently the programme lead for the MSc Advanced Clinical Practice, MSc Advanced Professional Practice and MSc Integrated ACP Apprenticeship programmes. I also lead three post-graduate modules.

I have a strong international research profile and currently supervise seven post-graduate researchers. I have specialised in applied qualitative research methods and process evaluation of trials as well as clinical education. I have published over 60 articles in peer reviewed journals and present at national and international conferences. I am currently co-investigator in three large international trials and have held grants totaling more than £1.8 million over the last 10 years. I also act as the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion lead within my division.


Doctorate in Philosophy. Public Health/Stroke. Brunel University London 2009

MA (distinction) Medical Anthropology. School of Oriental and Health Studies, University of London 2002

BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy. Leeds Metropolitan University 1993

Post-graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. Brunel University London 2010


Committee Responsibilities:

  • Univeristy representative in AAPEUK
  • College Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee
  • Chair Exam Board MSc Public Health and Health Promotion
  • University Apprenticeship Management Board

Administration Responsibilities:

  • ACP, APP and ACP appenticeship programme lead
  • Admissions tutor

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

Research education consultant. 33N Ltd. Clinically Led workforce and Activity Redesign Programme (CLEAR) – Health Education England.

Teaching Interests:

Neurology, rehabilitation and research

Newest selected publications

Fortune, J., Manikandan, M., Harrington, S., Hensey, O., Kerr, C., Koppe, S., et al. (2024) 'Understanding the use of digital technologies to provide disability services remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic; a multiple case study design'. BMC Health Services Research, 24 (1). pp. 1 - 17. ISSN: 1472-6963 Open Access Link

Journal article

Kilbride, C., Butcher, T., Warland, A., Ryan, J., Scott, DJM., Cassidy, E., et al. (2024) 'Rehabilitation via HOMe Based gaming exercise for the Upper-limb post Stroke (RHOMBUS): a qualitative analysis of participants’ experience'. BMJ Open, 14 (1). pp. 1 - 8. ISSN: 2044-6055 Open Access Link

Journal article

Boniface, G., White, N., Tomlinson, C., Norris, M., OConnell, NE., Williamson, E. and et al. (2023) 'Prescribing hand strengthening exercise for patients with rheumatoid arthritis; clinical cues influencing occupational therapists' and physiotherapists' judgements'. Musculoskeletal Care, 22 (1). pp. 1 - 11. ISSN: 1478-2189 Open Access Link

Journal article

Fortune, J., Ryan, JM., Walsh, A., Walsh, M., Kerr, C., Kroll, T., et al. (2023) 'Transition from child to adult services for young people with cerebral palsy in Ireland: Influencing factors at multiple ecological levels'. Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology, 66 (5). pp. 623 - 634. ISSN: 0012-1622 Open Access Link

Journal article

Ryan, JM., Walsh, M., Owens, M., Byrne, M., Kroll, T., Hensey, O., et al. (2022) 'Unmet health needs among young adults with cerebral palsy in Ireland: A cross-sectional study'. Journal of Clinical Medicine, 11 (16). pp. 1 - 10. ISSN: 2077-0383 Open Access Link

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