Health & Rehabilitation Sciences Research Centre
Professor Suzanne McDonough (Centre Lead)
Professor Suzanne Mc Donough is Professor of Health and Rehabilitation at the University of Ulster, N Ireland. She is a physiotherapist by background; was awarded her PhD in the area of neurophysiology in 1995 from University of Newcastle, UK; and a higher diploma in healthcare (Acupuncture) in 2002 from University College Dublin, Ireland.
Professor McDonough has published widely in her areas of expertise and has published several chapters on electrotherapy in key textbooks e.g. Electrotherapy: Evidence Based Practice (2008), and Animal Physiotherapy. Assessment, Treatment and Rehabilitation of Animals (2007). She has also recently published a chapter on acupuncture in Complementary Therapies for Physical Therapy. A Clinical Decision Making Approach published by Elsevier in 2008. She has obtained funding from a variety of prestigious external agencies and is currently completing several clinical trials on musculoskeletal pain, e.g. investigating the effects acupuncture as an adjunct to an exercise programme in people with low back pain in collaboration with Dr Park, University of North Carolina, USA. She is also part of a collaboration with the University of Otago, University of Umea and University College Dublin to explore the potential of accelerometers for the measurement of physical activity in people with musculoskeletal pain. Her research interests include electrotherapy/acupuncture and developing technologies used for musculoskeletal and neurological rehabilitation.
Professor McDonough has played a key role in helping to develop clinical research. She teaches clinical research techniques at undergraduate and postgraduate level and has supervised 15 PhD students to completion, 4 in the area of acupuncture/complementary and alternative medicine. e-mail: email@example.com
Funded projects with Ulster as the lead Institution
- Back 2 Activity Trial: The feasibility of a pedometer driven walking programme for chronic low back pain. Funded by the Physiotherapy Research Foundation (£84,473).
- Identification of research priorities for the allied health professions in N Ireland. Health Research Board Ireland.
- Identification of research priorities for the allied health professions in IrelandHealth Research Board Ireland. (€75,000)
- Exercise and manual auricular acupuncture: a single blind feasibility randomized controlled trial exploring the effectiveness of a combined approach for chronic low back pain Funded by the HSC Northern Ireland Research and Development Office (£167,000)
Collaborative projects with partners
- The continuous evaluation of patient perception of acute hospital in-patient care in Ireland using the dashboard and map integration techniques. Lead Partner: Irish Society for Quality and Safety in Healthcare. Funded by the Health Research Board Ireland (€451,000.00)
- A single blinded randomised controlled trial exploring the effectiveness of a walking programme and a supervised general exercise programme versus usual physiotherapy for chronic low back pain. Lead partner: University College Dublin. Funded by the Health Research Board Ireland. €305,511.00
Recent Research Awards Received/Measure of Esteem:
2009 Appointed as Senior Research Fellow for a 3 year period to the School of Physiotherapy, University of Otago.