Health professions and therapies

Osman Ahmed

Dr Osman Ahmed

Senior Lecturer and Programme Lead for Sports Therapy

Areas of expertise

Osman is a sports physiotherapist with an extensive record of working in disability sport. He has worked as part of Team GB at the 2008 and 2016 Paralympic Games, and still works with the elite disability football squads at the Football Association. His research background is focused on concussion in sport, and the role that… Read more »

Ian Swain

Professor Ian Swain

Professor of Clinical Engineering

Areas of expertise

Ian’s principle areas of interest are in rehabilitation engineering, in particular functional electrical stimula­tion (FES), and in specialist seating and pressure sore prevention. He has seven patents and has written over 150 papers on Biomedical Engineering. Ian was Director of Clinical Science and Engineering at Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust and helped develop an extensive clinical… Read more »

Tula Brannelly

Dr Tula Brannelly

Senior Lecturer in Mental Health Nursing

Areas of expertise

Dr Tula Brannelly researches and teaches in the area of care and mental health and dementia. Tula’s areas of interest are in the lived experience of care, how people are actively enabled to participate in care, and how health and social care services support people with dementia and carers.

Dr Ching-Yu Huang

Lecturer in Psychology

Areas of expertise

Ching-Yu Huang received her PhD in Social and Developmental Psychology at University of Cambridge in 2013, where she conducted research in forensic interviewing with child victims/witnesses. She also received MSc in Applied Forensic Psychology from University of York in 2007. Her lines of research include forensic interviews in vulnerable population, working with families in challenging… Read more »

Dr Jan Wiener

Associate Professor in Psychology

Areas of expertise

Jan is a cognitive psychologist whose research focuses primarily on orientation and navigation behaviour. He is interested in the effects that cognitive ageing has on our wayfinding abilities. In his investigations he makes use of different methods such as behavioural navigation experiments, virtual reality techniques, eye-tracking, and cognitive modelling.

Dr Simon Thompson

Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology & Neuropsychology

Areas of expertise

Simon is an expert in yawning, its underlying causes and effects on the body. He is developing a new diagnostic tool for early detection of neurological disorders using cortisol levels during excessive yawning. He has recently been commissioned to study celebrity clientele by a top fashion label, and also has interests in post-traumatic stress disorder,… Read more »

John McAlaney

Dr John McAlaney

Associate Professor in Psychology

Areas of expertise

John’s research focuses on social psychological aspects of behaviour change, and how this is informed by group dynamics and perceptions of peer behaviour. He has been extensively involved in the development of the social norms approach in the UK, which aims to bring about positive change through challenging misconceptions and negative stereotypes. John is particularly… Read more »

Dr Andrew Mayers

Senior Lecturer in Psychology

Areas of expertise

Andrew is a psychologist, specialising in mental health and particularly perinatal mental illness, such as postnatal depression. Professionally, he works with the Dorset Police Mental Health Street Triage and he also provides mental health education for health professionals and helps train police officers. He is an active mental health campaigner, pressing for better services and… Read more »

Dr Julie Kirkby

Senior Lecturer in Psychology

Areas of expertise

Julie is a psychologist in the field of developmental and cognitive psychology. Her research focuses on children’s reading development and dyslexia. Together with her research group, she is working on how static and mobile eye-trackers can be used to measure reading in real-world settings. Julie is also a member of the Experimental Psychology Society, and… Read more »