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Prof Noreen (Norelee) Kennedy

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Dr Kennedy is an Associate Professor in Physiotherapy and Head of the School of Allied Health at the University of Limerick. She graduated from Trinity College Dublin with a BSc Physiotherapy in 1999 and a PhD in 2004. Prof Kennedy's research focuses on exercise and physical activity interventions for people with chronic conditions, particularly inflammatory arthritis (rheumatoid arthritis) in addition to examining how primary care team care is delivered. Current research projects include a physiotherapist led behaviour change intervention to promote physical activity in physically inactive adults with inflammatory arthritis, an IRC funded study exploring sleep in inflammatory arthritis European wide study to which surveyed the physical activity measurement awareness of health professionals and people with inflammatory arthritis funded by EULAR. Prof Kennedy has supervised five PhD and one MSc by research students to completion in the area of arthritis and chronic pain and currently supervises two PhD students. She has 52 peer reviewed publications and has been awarded €1.17 million in competitive research funding. She collaborates with partners in University Hospital Limerick, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, University of Leuven, Belgium and University of Western England, UK.


Rausch Osthoff A-K, Niedermann K, Braun J, Adams J, Brodin N, Dagfinrud H, Duruoz T, Esbensen BA, Günther K-P, Hurkmans E, Juhl, C, Kennedy N et al : 2018 EULAR recommendations for physical activity in people with inflammatory arthritis and osteoarthritis. Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases 2018.

McKenna, S, Donnelly, A,  Esbensen, B. A, Fraser, A and Kennedy, N (2018) The impact of exercise on sleep (time, quality, and disturbance) in patients with rheumatoid arthritis: a study protocol for a pilot randomised controlled trial. Rheumatology International 38:1191.

Kennedy NM, McKenna SG, O’Neill A, Appel Esbensen B, Swinnen TW, Nordgren B, Willemijns S, Hammer NM, Brodin N: A survey across four European countries to determine rheumatology health professionals’ awareness of physical activity measures in people with inflammatory joint diseases. BMJ Open 2018, 8(5).

Tierney, M., Fraser, A. and Kennedy, N. (2012) ‘Physical Activity in Rheumatoid Arthritis: A Systematic Review’, Journal of Physical Activity and Health 9(7): 1036-48.

Kennedy, N., Armstrong, C., Woodward, O. and Cullen, W. (2014) ‘Primary care team working in Ireland: A qualitative exploration of team member’s experiences in a new primary care service’, Health and Social Care in the Community. 23(4):362-370.