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Assoc. Prof. Norelee Kennedy


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

Psychosocial aspects of health Care
Quantitative Research Methods

Professional Activities


  • 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


  • 1999 member , Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists