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Assoc. Prof. Norelee Kennedy

Biography

Professor Norelee Kennedy is an Associate Professor of Physiotherapy at the University of Limerick. Her research interests include exercise and physical activity in rheumatology. She has published over 50 research papers and has been awarded €3 million in research funding from national and international funders. Current projects include leading a HRB funded pilot study to determine the feasibility of a physiotherapist led intervention to promote physical activity in people with rheumatoid arthritis and collaborating on a large H2020 Innovative Medicines Initiative grant led by Newcastle University determining end points for fatigue in inflammatory and neurodegenerative diseases. Norelee was a member of the EULAR expert group that authored the EULAR Recommendations of physical activity for people with arthritis in 2018.She was Head of the School of Allied Health from 2014 to 2019 and was appointed as Vice President of Research at the University of Limerick in 2019. She is a member of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists, the Irish Rheumatology Health Professionals Society and is a registered Physiotherapist with the CORU.

Research Interests

My research  focuses on exercise and physical activity for people with chronic conditions, particularly inflammatory arthritis (rheumatoid arthritis) and chronic pain.

Teaching Interests

Rheumatology
Psychosocial aspects of health Care
Quantitative Research Methods

                      

Professional Activities

Education

  • 2008 NUI Galway - Graduate Certificate
  • 2004 Trinity College Dublin - Ph.D.
  • 2000 Trinity College Dublin - Graduate Diploma in Statistics
  • 1999 Trinity College Dublin - B.Sc.Physiotherapy

Association

  • 1999 member , Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists

Publications

Book Chapter

2016

The Role of Business Schools in Framing Entrepreneurial Thinking across Disciplines - The Case of Allied Health Professions;
Hynes, B. Kennedy, N. and Pettigrew. J.
Innovative Business Education Design for 21st Century Learning (Advances in Business Education and Training) DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-

2016

The Role of Business Schools in Framing Entrepreneurial Thinking across Disciplines - The Case of Allied Health Professions;
Hynes, B. Kennedy, N. and Pettigrew. J.
Innovative Business Education Design for 21st Century Learning

Conference Publication

2018

International Society for Autism Research Annual Meeting
O’Donoghue, M., Kennedy, N., Forbes, J., and Murphy, C.A.

2017

ENOTHE European Network of Occupational Therapy in Higher Education Conference
Pettigrew,J, Hynes, B., Kennedy,N. and Wright, A.

2016

European League Against Rheumatism
Larkin, L., Kennedy, N., Fraser, A., Gallagher, S.
DOI: 10.1136/annrheumdis-2016-eular.1667

2016

European League Against Rheumatism
Larkin, L., Kennedy, N., Fraser, A., Gallagher, S.
DOI: 10.1136/annrheumdis-2016-eular.1670

2015

European League Against Rheumatism
Larkin, L., Nordgren, B., Brand, C., Fraser, A., Kennedy, N.
DOI: doi:10.1136/annrheumdis-2015-eular.1808

2012

Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists
Larkin, L., Garret, M., Kennedy, N.

2011

Proceedings of the Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBS
Fortune E.;Tierney M.;Scanaill C.;Bourke A.;Kennedy N.;Nelson J.
Conference Proceedings : ... Annual International Conference Of The Ieee Engineering In Medicine And Biology Society. Ieee Engineering In Medicine And Biology Society. Annual Conference DOI: 10.1109/IEMBS.2011.6090836

2011

Proceedings of the Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBS
Fortune E.;Tierney M.;Scanaill C.;Bourke A.;Kennedy N.;Nelson J.
Conference Proceedings : ... Annual International Conference Of The Ieee Engineering In Medicine And Biology Society. Ieee Engineering In Medicine And Biology Society. Annual Conference DOI: 10.1109/IEMBS.2011.6090836

2008

European Congress on Physiotherapy Education
Kennedy, N.,Connell A et al

2006

Rehabilitation and Therapy Research Society
FitzGerald, P and Kennedy, N

2005

Rehabilitation and Therapy Research Society
Keogan, F., Kennedy, N., Duffy, A., Cussen, G., Wallace, L., Nolan, M., Fitzpatrick, M., Craig, A., Dunne-Shannon, U., Grant, M., Buckley, K. and McGrane,

2005

Rehabilitation and Therapy Research Society
Kennedy, N., Duffy, A., Cussen, G., Wallace, L., Nolan, M., Fitzpatrick, M., Craig, A., Dunne-Shannon, U., Grant, M., Buckley, K., McGrane, E. and Keogan, F.

2005
2005

Irish Society of Rheumatology
Walsh, C., Slattery, C., Minnock, P., Kennedy, N., Veale, D>J., Bresnihan, B. and FitzGerald, O.

2004

World Congress of Physical Therapy
Kennedy, N., Murphy, B., O'Shea, E., FitzGerald, O. and Stokes, E

2004

IPTOP
Duncan, C. and Kennedy, N.

2004

American College of Rheumatology Annual Scientific Meeting
Kennedy, N., Stokes, E. O¿Shea, E. and FitzGerald, O.

2003

American College of Rheumatology Annual Scientific Meeting
Kennedy, N., Stokes, E. FitzGerald, O. and O¿Shea, E.

2003

CARE: International Conference on Multidisciplinary Care in Rheumatoid Arthritis
Kennedy, N., murphy, B., O'Shea, E., FitzGerald, O and Stokes, E.

Other Journal

2016

Relationship between, Self-Efficacy, Beliefs, and Physical Activity in Inflammatory Arthritis
Larkin L., Gallagher S., Fraser A., Kennedy N.
Hong Kong Physiotherapy Journal

2015

Profile of energy expenditure in people with rheumatoid arthritis
Tierney, M., Fraser, A., Purtill, H., & Kennedy, N.
Disability and Health Journal

2014

The Beliefs of Third-Level Healthcare Students towards Low-Back Pain
Kennedy, N., J. Healy, and K. O'Sullivan
Pain Research and Treatment

2014

Physiotherapy Practice Educators' Beliefs Towards Low Back Pain and Influence on Student Beliefs
Kennedy, N., E. Condon, and K. O'Sullivan
Pain and Rehabilitation

2007

Benefits of exercise in arthritis.
Kennedy, N
Clinical Focus

Other Publication

2019

The effects of exercise on cardiovascular disease risk factors and cardiovascular physiology in rheumatoid arthritis
Metsios G.;Moe R.;van der Esch M.;van Zanten J.;Fenton S.;Koutedakis Y.;Vitalis P.;Kennedy N.;Brodin N.;Bostrom C.;Swinnen T.;Tzika K.;Niedermann K.;Nikiphorou E.;Fragoulis G.;Vlieland T.;Van den Ende C.;Kitas G.
Rheumatology international DOI: 10.1007/s00296-019-04483-6

2018

THE IMPACT OF EXERCISE ON SLEEP IN PEOPLE WITH RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS: A PILOT RANDOMISED CONTROLLED TRIAL
Mckenna, SG;Donnelly, A;Esbensen, BA;Comber, L;Ng, WL;Magsood, A;Fraser, A;Kennedy, N
Annals Of The Rheumatic Diseases DOI: 10.1136/annrheumdis-2018-eular.2307

2018

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND AEROBIC CAPACITY ASSESSMENT - A SURVEY AMONG RHEUMATOLOGY HEALTH PROFESSIONALS IN FOUR EUROPEAN COUNTRIES
Kennedy, N;McKenna, SG;O'Neill, A;Esbensen, BA;Swinnen, T;Nordgren, B;Willemijns, S;Hammer, N;Brodin, N
Annals Of The Rheumatic Diseases DOI: 10.1136/annrheumdis-2018-eular.3320

2018

CORRELATES OF SLEEP IN RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS: A SYSTEMATIC REVIEW
Gaffney, S;Kennedy, N;Hanley, S
Annals Of The Rheumatic Diseases DOI: 10.1136/annrheumdis-2018-eular.5706

2018

2018 EULAR recommendations for physical activity in people with inflammatory arthritis and osteoarthritis
Rausch Osthoff A.;Niedermann K.;Braun J.;Adams J.;Brodin N.;Dagfinrud H.;Duruoz T.;Esbensen B.;Günther K.;Hurkmans E.;Juhl C.;Kennedy N.;Kiltz U.;Knittle K.;Nurmohamed M.;Pais S.;Severijns G.;Swinnen T.;Pitsillidou I.;Warburton L.;Yankov Z.;Vliet Vlieland T.
Annals Of The Rheumatic Diseases DOI: 10.1136/annrheumdis-2018-213585

2017

Sleep and Physical Activity: An Objective Profile of People with Rheumatoid Arthritis
McKenna, S,Tierney, M,Fraser, S,O'Neill, A,Kennedy, N
Arthritis & Rheumatology

2017

Does exercise impact on sleep for people who have rheumatoid arthritis? A systematic review
McKenna, S,Donnelly, A,Fraser, A,Comber, L,Kennedy, N
Rheumatology international DOI: 10.1007/s00296-017-3681-x

2016

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND AEROBIC CAPACITY ASSESSMENT - A SURVEY AMONG PATIENTS WITH RHEUMATIC DISEASE IN SWEDEN, IRELAND, AND DENMARK
Brodin, N,Kennedy, N,Swinnen, T,Esbensen, BA,McKenna, S,Willemijns, S,Hammer, NM,Nordgren, B
Annals of the rheumatic diseases DOI: 10.1136/annrheumdis-2016-eular.3491

2016

Sleep and Physical Activity: A Nationwide Survey Among People with Rheumatic Disease in Ireland
McKenna, S,Donnelly, A,Fraser, S,Kennedy, N
Arthritis & Rheumatology

2016

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND AEROBIC CAPACITY ASSESSMENT - A SURVEY AMONG HEALTH PROFESSIONALS IN SWEDEN, IRELAND AND DENMARK
McKenna, SG,Brodin, N,Nordgren, B,Esbensen, BA,Swinnen, T,Hammer, NM,Willemijns, S,Kennedy, N
Annals of the rheumatic diseases DOI: 10.1136/annrheumdis-2016-eular.3535

2015

Behaviour change interventions to promote physical activity in rheumatoid arthritis: a systematic review
Larkin, L,Gallagher, S,Cramp, F,Brand, C,Fraser, A,Kennedy, N
Rheumatology international DOI: 10.1007/s00296-015-3292-3

2013

CORRELATES OF ENERGY EXPENDITURE IN THE RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS (RA) POPULATION
Tierney, M,Fraser, A,Kennedy, N
Annals Of The Rheumatic Diseases

2013
2013

CORRELATES OF ENERGY EXPENDITURE IN THE RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS (RA) POPULATION
Tierney, M,Fraser, A,Kennedy, N
Annals Of The Rheumatic Diseases

2012

Physical Activity in Rheumatoid Arthritis: A Systematic Review
Tierney, M,Fraser, A,Kennedy, N
Journal Of Physical Activity & Health

2012

Happiness: A review of evidence relevant to occupational science
Robinson K.;Kennedy N.;Harmon D.
Journal Of Occupational Science DOI: 10.1080/14427591.2011.634780

2012

Physical activity in rheumatoid arthritis: A systematic review
Tierney M.;Fraser A.;Kennedy N.
Journal of Physical Activity and Health DOI: 10.1123/jpah.9.7.1036

2011

Objective Measurement of Levels of Physical Activity in Rheumatoid Arthritis.
Tierney, M,Fraser, AD,Kennedy, NM
Arthritis And Rheumatism

Peer Reviewed Journal

2018

Sleep and physical activity: a cross-sectional objective profile of people with rheumatoid arthritis
McKenna, S;Tierney, M;O'Neill, A;Fraser, A;Kennedy, N
Rheumatology international DOI: 10.1007/s00296-018-4009-1

2018

2018 EULAR recommendations for physical activity in people with inflammatory arthritis and osteoarthritis
Osthoff, AKR;Niedermann, K;Braun, J;Adams, J;Brodin, N;Dagfinrud, H;Duruoz, T;Esbensen, BA;Gunther, KP;Hurkmans, E;Juhl, CB;Kennedy, N;Kiltz, U;Knittle, K;Nurmohamed, M;Pais, S;Severijns, G;Swinnen, TW;Pitsillidou, IA;Warburton, L;Yankov, Z;Vlieland, TPMV
Annals Of The Rheumatic Diseases DOI: 10.1136/annrheumdis-2018-213585

2017
2016

Relationship between self-efficacy, beliefs, and physical activity in inflammatory arthritis.
Larkin, L., Gallagher, S, Fraser, A, Kennedy, N.
Hong Kong Physiotherapy Journal DOI: 10.1016/j.hkpj.2015.10.001

2016

Relationship between self-efficacy, beliefs, and physical activity in inflammatory arthritis
Larkin, L,Gallagher, S,Fraser, AD,Kennedy, N
Hong Kong Physiotherapy Journal DOI: 10.1016/j.hkpj.2015.10.001

2016

The Role of Business Schools in Framing Entrepreneurial Thinking Across Disciplines: The Case of Allied Health Professions
Hynes, B,Kennedy, N,Pettigrew, J,Daly, P,Reid, K,Buckley, P,Doyle, E
Innovative Business Education Design For 21st Century Learning DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-32622-1_7

2016

Do primary care professionals agree about progress with implementation of primary care teams: results from a cross sectional study
Tierney, E,O'Sullivan, M,Hickey, L,Hannigan, A,May, C,Cullen, W,Kennedy, N,Kineen, L,MacFarlane, A
BMC family practice DOI: 10.1186/s12875-016-0541-9

2016

Comparative Effectiveness of Conservative Interventions for Nonspecific Chronic Spinal Pain: Physical, Behavioral/Psychologically Informed, or Combined? A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
O'Keeffe, M,Purtill, H,Kennedy, N,Conneely, M,Hurley, J,O'Sullivan, P,Dankaerts, W,O'Sullivan, K
The journal of pain : official journal of the American Pain Society DOI: 10.1016/j.jpain.2016.01.473

2015

Profile of energy expenditure in people with rheumatoid arthritis
Tierney, M,Fraser, A,Purtill, H,Kennedy, N
Disability And Health Journal DOI: 10.1016/j.dhjo.2015.03.008

2015

Individualised cognitive functional therapy compared with a combined exercise and pain education class for patients with non-specific chronic low back pain: study protocol for a multicentre randomised controlled trial.
O'Keeffe, M., Purtill, H., Kennedy, N., O'Sullivan, P., Dankaerts, W., Tighe, A., Allworthy, L., Dolan, L., Bargary, N. and O'Sullivan, K.
Bmj Openbmj Open DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2014-007156

2015
2015

Behaviour change interventions to promote physical activity in rheumatoid arthritis: a systematic review
Larkin L., Gallagher S., Cramp F., Brand C., Fraser A., Kennedy N
Rheumatology International

2015

Promoting physical activity in rheumatoid arthritis: A narrative review of behaviour change theories
Larkin, L., Kennedy, N., Gallagher, S
Disability And Rehabilitation

2014

The beliefs of third-level healthcare students towards low-back pain
Kennedy N.;Healy J.;O'Sullivan K.
Pain Research And Treatment DOI: 10.1155/2014/675915

2014
2014

Correlates of Physical Activity in Rheumatoid Arthritis: A Systematic Review
Larkin, L., Kennedy, N
Journal Of Physical Activity & Health

2013

Constructing the experience of chronic pain through discourse
Robinson, K,Kennedy, N,Harmon, D
Scandinavian Journal Of Occupational Therapy DOI: 10.3109/11038128.2012.720275

2012
2012

Physical Activity in Rheumatoid Arthritis: a systematic review
Tierney M, Fraser, A and Kennedy N
Journal of Physical Activity and Health

2012

Cardiovascular Risk, Inflammation and Physical Activity in Rheumatoid Arthritis
Tierney M, Fraser A and Kennedy N
Current Rheumatology Reviews

2012

The Flow Experiences of People With Chronic Pain
Robinson, K,Kennedy, N,Harmon, D
Otjr-Occupation Participation And Health DOI: 10.3928/15394492-20111222-07

2012

Users experiences of physical activity monitoring technology in rheumatoid arthritis
Tierney M, Fraser, A and kennedy N
Musculoskeletal Care

2012

Constructing the experience of chronic pain through discourse
Robinson K, Kennedy, N and Harmon, D
Scandinavian Journal Of Occupational Therapy

2011

Review of occupational therapy for people with chronic pain
Robinson K, Kennedy N and Harmon D
Australian Occupational Therapy Journal

2011

Is occupational therapy adequatley meeting the needs of people with chronic pain
Robinson K, Kennedy N and Harmon D
American Journal Of Occupational Therapy

2011

Is occupational therapy adequately meeting the needs of people with chronic pain?
Robinson K.;Kennedy N.;Harmon D.
American Journal Of Occupational Therapy DOI: 10.5014/ajot.2011.09160

2009

Barriers to exercise in rheumatoid arthritis
Crowley, L; Kennedy, N
Physiotherapy Ireland

2009

Barriers to exercise in rheumatoid arthritis - a focus group study
Crowley L.;Kennedy N.
Physiotherapy Practice and Research DOI: 10.3233/PPR-2009-30207

2009

Framework for measurement of physiotherapy in palliative care
Cobbe, S; Kennedy, N
Physiotherapy Ireland

2009

Framework for measurement of physiotherapy in palliative cancer care
Cobbe S.;Kennedy N.
Physiotherapy Practice and Research DOI: 10.3233/PPR-2009-30210

2008

The effect of low-dye taping on rearfoot motion and plantar pressure during the stance phase of gait.
O'Sullivan K, Kennedy N, O'Neill E, Ni Mhainin U
BMC musculoskeletal disorders DOI: 10.1186/1471-2474-9-111

2008

The effect of low-dye taping on rearfoot motion and plantar pressure during the stance phase of gait
O'Sullivan, K; Kennedy, N; O'Neill, E; Mhainin, UN
Bmc Musculoskeletal Disorders DOI: 10.1186/1471-2474-9-111

2007

Barriers to exercise in rheumatoid arthritis: a focus group study
Crowley, L; Kennedy, N
Physiotherapy Ireland

2007
2007

Inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation for patients with rheumatoid arthritis: A clinical and economic assessment
Kennedy N., Stokes E., O'Shea E., Murphy T.B., Bresnihan B., FitzGerald O.
Journal Of Medical Economics DOI: 10.3111/13696990701725850

2007

A randomised clinical trial of inpatient versus outpatient care for patients with rheumatoid arthritis
Kennedy, N; Stokes, E; Murphy, BT; O'Shea, E; Bresnihan, B; FitzGerald, O
Journal Of Medical Economics

2007

Quality of life and economic impact of switching from established infliximab therapy to adalimumab in patients with rheumatoid arthritis
Walsh, CAE; Minnock,P; Slattery, C; Kennedy, N; Pang, F; Veale, DJ; Bresnihan, B; FitzGerald , O
Rheumatology

2007

Characteristics of patients with rheumatoid arthritis presenting for physiotherapy management: a multicentre study.
Kennedy N., Keogan F., Fitzpatrick M., Cussen G., Wallace L.
Musculoskeletal Care DOI: 10.1002/msc.93

2004

Multidisciplinary Team Care in Arthritis: Magnitude of Costs in Two Settings
Kennedy, N. Stokes, E., O'Shea, E; FitzGerald, O
Arthritis And Rheumatism

2003

Why Physiotherapy needs economics
Kennedy, N; Stokes E
Physical Therapy Review

2003

Rehabilitation Costs: How does inpatient care compare to outpatient?
Kennedy, N; Stokes, E; FitzGerald, O; O'Shea, E
Arthritis And Rheumatism

2003

A randomised trial of inpatient versus outpatient care for patients with rheumatoid arthritis
Kennedy, N; Murphy, B; O'Shea, E; Stokes, E; FitzGerald, O
Rheumatology

2002

Outcome measures useful to physiotherapists working with patients with rheumatoid arthritis
Kennedy, N; Stokes, E
British Journal Of Therapy And Rehabilitation

2001
2001

The effect of a period of rehabilitation in a rheumatic diseases unit
Kennedy, N; Sayers, K; Cassidy, C; Ward, S; Bresnihan, B; FitzGerald, O; Stokes E
British Journal Of Therapy And Rehabilitation

2000

The effect of a period of rehabilitation in a rheumatic disease unit
Kennedy, N; Sayers, K; Cassidy, C; Ward, S; Bresnihan, B; FitzGerald, O; Stokes E
Irish Journal Of Medical Science