Kieran graduated from University College Dublin in 1999. In 2004 he completed an MSc in Manipulative Therapy at Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Western Australia. In 2008 he was awarded specialist member status by the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists. He joined the University of Limerick in 2005. His research interests are musculoskeletal pain and injury, low back pain in particular. He completed his PhD on low back pain in 2012, funded by the Health Research Board. From 2016-2019, he moved to Qatar to head up a spinal pain centre at Aspetar Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Hospital, a FIFA- and IOC-accredited centre. He returned to UL in 2019. He was awarded the 2021 President’s award for research excellence and impact at UL. His research on LBP was chosen as an exemplar of research impact at UL ( He was nominated by the Faculty of Education and Health Sciences within UL for the “Outstanding Early Career Researcher” award at UL in 2015. He has been short-listed on three occasions for the teaching excellence award at UL, and received a national ‘Teaching Hero’ award in 2021. He is currently involved in several research projects relating to musculoskeletal pain, nationally and internationally. He is the Physiotherapy Lead within Allied Health, and Course Director for the (pre-registration) MSc in Physiotherapy.

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