I am a senior lecturer in the School of Allied Health at UL. My research interests encompass musculoskeletal pain and injury, with a specific interest in low back pain. I am involved in a range of current projects – observational, experimental and qualitative.


Nolan, D., O'Sullivan, K., Stephenson, J., O'Sullivan, P. & Lucock, M. (2018). How do manual handling advisors and physiotherapists construct their back beliefs, and do safe lifting posture beliefs influence them? Musculoskeletal Science and Practice. 39: 101-106. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.msksp.2018.11.009

Korakakis, V., O'Sullivan, K., O'Sullivan, P.B., Evagelinou, V., Sotiralis, Y., Sideris, A., Sakellariou, K., Karanasios, S. & Giakas, G. (2019). Physiotherapist perceptions of optimal sitting and standing posture.Musculoskeletal Science and Practice. 39: 24-31. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.msksp.2018.11.004

Cowell, I., O'Sullivan, P., O'Sullivan, K., Poyton, R., McGregor, A. & Murtagh, G. (2018 - online). The perspectives of physiotherapists on managing nonspecific low back pain following a training programme in cognitive functional therapy: A qualitative study. Musculoskeletal Care. https://doi.org/10.1002/msc.1370

Barrett, E., Hayes, A., Kelleher, M., Conroy, C., Robinson, K., O’Sullivan, K. & McCreesh, K. (2018). Exploring patient experiences of participating in a group exercise class for the management of nonspecific shoulder pain. Physiotherapy Theory and Practice: An International Journal of Physical Therapy. 34 (6): 464-471. https://doi.org/10.1080/09593985.2017.1422208

Johnston, R., Cahalan, R., Bonnett, L., Maguire, M., Nevill, A., Glasgow, P., O’Sullivan, K. & Comyns, T. (2018 - online). Training Load and Baseline Characteristics Associated With New Injury/Pain Within an Endurance Sporting Population: A Prospective Study. https://doi.org/10.1123/ijspp.2018-0644