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Research interests

My research interests focus on the health promotion, prevention, diagnosis and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal disorders.  My current research work is looking into how work related musculoskeletal pain affects the work, health and wellbeing of people at their work place.  I  am working with people and researchers from Low Middle Income Countries to understand the effects of musculoskeletal conditions and how it influence the day to day lives of people, health care services and policies in the regional context.  I am interested to work with local researchers in the region to understand and co-produce innovative solutions, support services, capacity building, and develop sustainable research partnerships for management of musculoskeletal disorders.  I am interested in research projects related to epidemiology, basic science, clinical and health service-orientated research in musculoskeletal conditions.   

Supervisory Interests

I am interested to supervise PhD, MRes projects and research studies related to musculoskeletal conditions.  My supervisory interests are

  • Musculoskeletal disorders – Looking into aspects of health promotion, prevention, diagnosis and rehabilitation
  • Work related musculoskeletal pain and its effect on the health and wellbeing
  • Musculoskeletal rehabilitation and management in the context of Low Middle income Countries – Knowledge, awareness, practice and evaluation of health related services and initiatives
  • Musculoskeletal disorders and occupational health
  • Exploring Innovation and technology in healthcare sector and services

Scholarly biography

I work as a Senior Lecturer in the School of Sports and Health Sciences at University of Brighton.  After the Bachelors degree in Physiotherapy, I worked as a clinician for several years in hospitals and private clinical settings.  I completed a Master Degree in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy in the year 2000 from University of South Australia, Australia.  Since then, my clinical practice and expertise is very much focussed on musculoskeletal physiotherapy.  I had completed my PhD from Chiang Mai University, Thailand in the year 2014.  After my PhD, I was a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow for 4 years at the Pain and Neuromusculoskeletal Research Unit, Chiang Mai University, Thailand  and continue to work in several research projects and supervising PhD students till date.  With a Post graduate Certificate qualification in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, United Kingdom. I am a registered member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, and Health and Care Professions Council.

Approach to teaching

Currently, I am involved in both Masters and Undergraduate teaching sessions along with supervising Doctoral students.  My teaching and supervision style is influenced by a ‘student centred approach’.  Enhancing a positive learning experience for the students has been always remained as one of my core teaching principles.  I enjoy creating a supportive and encouraging learning environment for the students where the students feel comfortable to engage and actively participate in their own learning.  While I very much like to be an academic friend  in supporting the students to achieve their learning goals, I really appreciate and encourage students to take ownership of their learning.

Knowledge exchange

As a musculoskeletal researcher and with clinical speciality in musculoskeletal physiotherapy, my vision is to create and develop a ,Research Networking Group and Scholarly Consortium of Low Middle Income Countries (LMICs).  To achieve this vision, I am currently working with colleagues from LMICs with aims to encourage musculoskeletal related research, support Doctoral students,  foster capacity building and explore a sustainable research partnerships for management of musculoskeletal disorders in the LMICs. Our scholarly consortium of multidisciplinary colleagues from Uganda,  Zambia, India and Thailand are very keen and continuously looking forward to extend our support network and expansion opportunities with partners from other LMICs.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Biomechanical changes and movement compensations among people with lumbopelvic pain and dysfunction, Chiang Mai University

Award Date: 30 Nov 2014

Master, Musculoskeletal physiotherapy, University of South Australia

1 Sept 199920 Dec 2000

Award Date: 20 Oct 2000

Bachelor, Physiotherapy, Annamalai University

13 Mar 199427 Nov 1997

Award Date: 27 Nov 1997

External positions

Editorial Member, Journal of Associated Medical Sciences, Chiang Mai University

30 Jul 2015 → …

Post Doctoral Research Fellow, Chiang Mai University

12 Mar 201511 Dec 2018

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