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Dr. Amanda Clifford

Biography

I am currently Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy and Course Director of the graduate entry MSc in Physiotherapy programme in the School of Allied Health at the University of Limerick. My current programme of research includes the design and evaluation interventions to optimise physical activity, health and wellbeing, and prevent falls in older people and people with neurological conditions and the role of technology in rehabilitation. I am also interested and research the area of lower limb injury and sports performance. This has included 3D movement analysis, and assessment of physical performance and quality of life.

I have an interest in evaluating and optimising teaching, learning and assessment practices in higher education, including interprofessional education.


I previously worked clinically as a Junior Physiotherapist at Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals, NHS Trust in the UK where I worked on acute medical wards and in rehabilitation clinics, which included rehabilitation of older people and people with neurological conditions and an outpatient falls clinic. In addition, I gained outpatient experience in the management of people with acute and chronic orthopaedic and rheumatological conditions, acute ICU and medical conditions. Following this I worked a Senior Orthopaedic and Outpatient Physiotherapist at the Whittington Hospital, NHS Trust London, UK. Following this I worked in the Wellington Hospital, St. John's Wood London, as a Senior Orthopaedic and Sports Physiotherapist.

Research Interests




On-going/ Previous Projects:


I am designated an inventor of a therapeutic device for neck pain (FLEXOR): European patent number 13195184.0-1654. This is the product of an interdisciplinary project supported by Enterprise Ireland Commercialisation Fund.

Professional Activities

Award

  • 2008 - PhD
  • 2006 - Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice
  • 1999 - BSc in Physiotherapy

Association

  • 2005 Member of ISCP, Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists

Publications

Peer Reviewed Journals

2017

Factors informing fear of reinjury after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction
Ross, CA,Clifford, A,Louw, QA
(2017) Factors informing fear of reinjury after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction
In Physiotherapy Theory And Practice; pp. 103-114
DOI: 10.1080/09593985.2016.1271847

2017

Dancing for Parkinson Disease: A Randomized Trial of Irish Set Dancing Compared With Usual Care
Shanahan, J,Morris, ME,Bhriain, ON,Volpe, D,Lynch, T,Clifford, AM
(2017) Dancing for Parkinson Disease: A Randomized Trial of Irish Set Dancing Compared With Usual Care
In Archives of physical medicine and rehabilitation; pp. 1744-1751
DOI: 10.1016/j.apmr.2017.02.017
[ULIR]

2017

Clinical Performance Assessment Tools in Physiotherapy Practice Education; A Systematic Review
O'Connor A, , McGarr O, Cantillon P, McCurtin A, Clifford A.
(2017) Clinical Performance Assessment Tools in Physiotherapy Practice Education; A Systematic Review
In Physiotherapy;
DOI: 10.1016/j.physio.2017.01.005
[ULIR]

2017

Aquatic Exercise Therapy for People With Parkinson Disease: A Randomized Controlled Trial
Carroll, LM,Volpe, D,Morris, ME,Saunders, J,Clifford, AM
(2017) Aquatic Exercise Therapy for People With Parkinson Disease: A Randomized Controlled Trial
In Archives of physical medicine and rehabilitation; pp. 631-638
DOI: 10.1016/j.apmr.2016.12.006

2016

Developing the FARSEEING Taxonomy of Technologies: Classification and description of technology use (including ICT) in falls prevention studies
Boulton, E,Hawley-Hague, H,Vereijken, B,Clifford, A,Guldemond, N,Pfeiffer, K,Hall, A,Chesani, F,Mellone, S,Bourke, A,Todd, C
(2016) Developing the FARSEEING Taxonomy of Technologies: Classification and description of technology use (including ICT) in falls prevention studies
In Journal of biomedical informatics; pp. 132-140
DOI: 10.1016/j.jbi.2016.03.017
[ULIR]

2016

Irish set dancing classes for people with Parkinson's disease: The needs of participants and dance teachers
Shanahan, J,Bhriain, ON,Morris, ME,Volpe, D,Clifford, AM
(2016) Irish set dancing classes for people with Parkinson's disease: The needs of participants and dance teachers
In Complementary Therapies In Medicine; pp. 12-17
DOI: 10.1016/j.ctim.2016.04.001
[ULIR]

2016

Reliability of a measurement method for the cross-sectional area of the longus colli using real-time ultrasound imaging
O'Riordan, C,Van De Ven, P,Nelson, J,McCreesh, K,Clifford, A
(2016) Reliability of a measurement method for the cross-sectional area of the longus colli using real-time ultrasound imaging
In Ultrasound; pp. 154-162
DOI: 10.1177/1742271X16659099

2016

To dance or not to dance? A comparison of balance, physical fitness and quality of life in older Irish set dancers and age-matched controls
Shanahan, J,Coman, L,Ryan, F,Saunders, J,O'Sullivan, K,Bhriain, ON,Clifford, AM
(2016) To dance or not to dance? A comparison of balance, physical fitness and quality of life in older Irish set dancers and age-matched controls
In Public Health; pp. 56-62
DOI: 10.1016/j.puhe.2016.07.015

2016

TO DANCE OR NOT TO DANCE? A COMPARISON OF BALANCE, PHYSICAL FITNESS AND QUALITY OF LIFE IN OLDER IRISH SET DANCERS AND AGE-MATCHED CONTROLS
Shanahan, J,Coman, L,Ryan, F,Saunders, J,O'Sullivan, K,Bhriain, ON,Clifford, AM
(2016) TO DANCE OR NOT TO DANCE? A COMPARISON OF BALANCE, PHYSICAL FITNESS AND QUALITY OF LIFE IN OLDER IRISH SET DANCERS AND AGE-MATCHED CONTROLS
In Age and ageing; pp. 23-23

2015

‘Dance for people with Parkinson's Disease: What is the evidence telling us?'
Shanahan J., Morris ME, Ni Bhriain O., Saunders J. and Clifford AM.
(2015) ‘Dance for people with Parkinson's Disease: What is the evidence telling us?'
In Archives of physical medicine and rehabilitation;

2015

What are the primary influences on treatment decisions? How does this reflect on evidence based practice? Indiciations from the discipline of speech and language therapy.
Arlene McCurtin, Amanda Clifford
(2015) What are the primary influences on treatment decisions? How does this reflect on evidence based practice? Indiciations from the discipline of speech and language therapy.
In Journal Of Evaluation In Clinical Practice;

2015

Unobtrusive monitoring and identification of fall accidents
van de Ven, P,O'Brien, H,Nelson, J,Clifford, A
(2015) Unobtrusive monitoring and identification of fall accidents
In Medical engineering & physics; pp. 499-504
DOI: 10.1016/j.medengphy.2015.02.009

2015

‘ Is Irish set dancing feasible for people with Parkinson's disease in Ireland?'
Shanahan J.,Morris ME, Ni Bhriain O.,Saunders J. and Clifford AM.
(2015) ‘ Is Irish set dancing feasible for people with Parkinson's disease in Ireland?'
In Complementary Therapies In Clinical Practice; pp. 47-51

2015

What are the primary influences on treatment decisions? How does this reflect on evidence-based practice? Indications from the discipline of speech and language therapy
McCurtin, A,Clifford, AM
(2015) What are the primary influences on treatment decisions? How does this reflect on evidence-based practice? Indications from the discipline of speech and language therapy
In Journal Of Evaluation In Clinical Practice; pp. 1178-1187
DOI: 10.1111/jep.12385

2015

Is Irish set dancing feasible for people with Parkinson's disease in Ireland?
Shanahan, J,Morris, ME,Bhriain, ON,Volpe, D,Richardson, M,Clifford, AM
(2015) Is Irish set dancing feasible for people with Parkinson's disease in Ireland?
In Complementary Therapies In Clinical Practice; pp. 47-51
DOI: 10.1016/j.ctcp.2014.12.002

2014

Chronic Neck Pain and Exercise Interventions: Frequency, Intensity, Time, and Type Principle
O'Riordan, C,Clifford, A,Van De Ven, P,Nelson, J
(2014) Chronic Neck Pain and Exercise Interventions: Frequency, Intensity, Time, and Type Principle
In Archives of physical medicine and rehabilitation; pp. 770-783
DOI: 10.1016/j.apmr.2013.11.015

2013

The Effect of Patellar Taping on Squat Depth and the Perception of Pain in People with Anterior Knee Pain
Clifford, AM,Harrington, E
(2013) The Effect of Patellar Taping on Squat Depth and the Perception of Pain in People with Anterior Knee Pain
In Journal Of Human Kinetics; pp. 109-117
DOI: 10.2478/hukin-2013-0031
[ULIR]

2013

'Just enough to make you take it seriously': exploring students' attitudes towards peer assessment
McGarr, O,Clifford, AM
(2013) 'Just enough to make you take it seriously': exploring students' attitudes towards peer assessment
In Higher Education; pp. 677-693
DOI: 10.1007/s10734-012-9570-z
[ULIR]

2012

No Difference in Gluteus Medius Activation in Women With Mild Patellofemoral Pain
O'Sullivan, K,Herbert, E,Sainsbury, D,McCreesh, K,Clifford, A
(2012) No Difference in Gluteus Medius Activation in Women With Mild Patellofemoral Pain
In Journal Of Sport Rehabilitation; pp. 110-118

2012

The Effects of Rearfoot Position on Lower Limb Kinematics during Bilateral Squatting in Asymptomatic Individuals with a Pronated Foot Type
Power, V,Clifford, AM
(2012) The Effects of Rearfoot Position on Lower Limb Kinematics during Bilateral Squatting in Asymptomatic Individuals with a Pronated Foot Type
In Journal Of Human Kinetics; pp. 5-15
DOI: 10.2478/v10078-012-0001-0

2012

Can we reduce the effort of maintaining a neutral sitting posture?
O'Sullivan, K., Dankaerts W, O'Sullivan, P., Clifford, A. and O'Sullivan, L.W.
(2012) Can we reduce the effort of maintaining a neutral sitting posture?
In Manual Therapy;
DOI: 10.1016/j.math.2012.05.016

2011

Altered hamstring strength profile in Gaelic footballers with a previous hamstring injury
Mackey, C; O'Sullivan, K; O'Connor, A; Clifford, A
(2011) Altered hamstring strength profile in Gaelic footballers with a previous hamstring injury
In Isokinetics And Exercise Science; pp. 47-54
DOI: 10.3233/IES-2011-0396

2011

No deficit in hip isometric strength or concentric endurance in young females with mild patellofemoral pain
McMoreland, A; O'Sullivan, K; Sainsbury, D; Clifford, A; McCreesh, K
(2011) No deficit in hip isometric strength or concentric endurance in young females with mild patellofemoral pain
In Isokinetics And Exercise Science; pp. 117-125
DOI: 10.3233/IES-2011-0405

2010

The reliability of the CODA motion analysis system for lumbar spine analysis: a pilot study
O'Sullivan, K; Clifford, A; Hughes, L
(2010) The reliability of the CODA motion analysis system for lumbar spine analysis: a pilot study
In Physiotherapy Ireland; pp. 16-22

2010

Differences in landing strategies between previously injured and uninjured limbs in Senior College Level Gaelic Footballers
Marie Tierney, Amanda Clifford, Kieran O Sullivan
(2010) Differences in landing strategies between previously injured and uninjured limbs in Senior College Level Gaelic Footballers
In Physiotherapy Ireland; pp. 12-17

2010

Postural control in healthy individuals
Clifford, AM; Holder-Powell, H
(2010) Postural control in healthy individuals
In Clinical Biomechanics; pp. 546-551
DOI: 10.1016/j.clinbiomech.2010.03.005

2010

Neutral lumbar spine sitting posture in pain-free subjects
O'Sullivan, K; O'Dea, P; Dankaerts, W; O'Sullivan, P; Clifford, A; O'Sullivan, L
(2010) Neutral lumbar spine sitting posture in pain-free subjects
In Manual Therapy; pp. 557-561
DOI: 10.1016/j.math.2010.06.005

Conference Publications

2016

Evidence Live
McCurtin, A Ryan J, Clifford A, Murphy F, Walsh C
(2016) Evidence Live

2016

Evidence Live
Ryan J, McCurtin A, Clifford A, Murphy F, Walsh C.
(2016) Evidence Live

2016

30th World Congress of the International Association of Logpedists and Phoniatrists
McCurtin A, Brady R, Coffey K, Ryan J, Murphy F, Clifford A, Walsh C
(2016) 30th World Congress of the International Association of Logpedists and Phoniatrists

2011

World Congress of Physical Therapy, proceedings published in Physiotherapy
Clifford A.M., McGarr and O'Connor, A.
(2011) World Congress of Physical Therapy, proceedings published in Physiotherapy
Physiotherapy, 97, S1, June, eS18-eS1415

2011

2011 ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE OF THE IEEE ENGINEERING IN MEDICINE AND BIOLOGY SOCIETY (EMBC)
Bourke, AK,O'Donovan, K,Clifford, A,OLaighin, G,Nelson, J,
(2011) 2011 ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE OF THE IEEE ENGINEERING IN MEDICINE AND BIOLOGY SOCIETY (EMBC)
In 2011 Annual International Conference Of The Ieee Engineering In Medicine And Biology Society (Embc); pp. 7896-7899

2011

The 33rd Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
Bourke, A.K., O'Donovan, K., Clifford A.M., ÓLaighin G. and Nelson J.
(2011) The 33rd Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society

2009

27th International Conference on Biomechanics in Sport
Clifford A.M., Tierney, M., O'Sullivan, K.
(2009) 27th International Conference on Biomechanics in Sport

2008

WCPT ¿ Europe 2nd European Conference on Physiotherapy Education
Amanda Connell, Amanda Clifford,Karen McCreesh, Susan Coote, Norelee Kennedy, Ann Taylor, Kieran O¿Sullivan, Anne O¿Connor, David Sainsbury, Marie O¿Donnell
(2008) WCPT ¿ Europe 2nd European Conference on Physiotherapy Education

2008

WCPT ¿ Europe 2nd European Conference on Physiotherapy Education
Anne O'Connor, Susan Coote, Amanda Connell, Karen McCreesh, Ann Taylor, Marie O'Donnell, Norelee Kennedy, Kieran O'Sullivan, David Sainsbury, Amanda Clifford
(2008) WCPT ¿ Europe 2nd European Conference on Physiotherapy Education

2008

WCPT ¿ Europe 2nd European Conference on Physiotherapy Education
Karen McCreesh, Susan Coote, Amanda Connell, Norelee Kennedy, Ann Taylor, Kieran O¿Sullivan, Anne O¿Connor, Amanda Clifford, David Sainsbury, Marie O¿Donnell
(2008) WCPT ¿ Europe 2nd European Conference on Physiotherapy Education

2008

IFOMT conference. Connecting science to quality of life June 8th-13th 2008, Rotterdam, Netherlands.
Clifford A.M. and Holder-Powell H.M
(2008) IFOMT conference. Connecting science to quality of life June 8th-13th 2008, Rotterdam, Netherlands.

2008

WCPT ¿ Europe 2nd European Conference on Physiotherapy Education
Norelee Kennedy, Amanda Connell, Ann Taylor, Susan Coote, Kieran O¿Sullivan, Karen McCreesh, Anne O¿Connor, Amanda Clifford, David Sainsbury, Marie O¿Donnell.
(2008) WCPT ¿ Europe 2nd European Conference on Physiotherapy Education

2008

WCPT Second European Congress on Physiotherapy Education
K McCreesh, S Coote, A Connell, A Clifford, A O¿Connor, K O¿Sullivan, D Sainsbury, A Taylor, M O¿Donnell
(2008) WCPT Second European Congress on Physiotherapy Education

2008

WCPT ¿ Europe 2nd European Conference on Physiotherapy Education
Amanda Connell, Karen McCreesh, Susan Coote, Norelee Kennedy, Ann Taylor, Kieran O¿Sullivan, Amanda Clifford, Anne O¿Connor, David Sainsbury, Marie O¿Donnell
(2008) WCPT ¿ Europe 2nd European Conference on Physiotherapy Education

2008

WCPT ¿ Europe 2nd European Conference on Physiotherapy Education
David Sainsbury, Kieran O'Sullivan, Ann Taylor,Amanda.Connell,Susan Coote,Norelee Kennedy,Amanda Clifford,Marie O'Donnell,Anne O'Connor,Karen McCreesh
(2008) WCPT ¿ Europe 2nd European Conference on Physiotherapy Education

2007

The 15th International Congress of the World Confederation for Physical Therapy, 2-6th June 2007
Clifford, A.M., Holder-Powell, H.M and Woledge, R.
(2007) The 15th International Congress of the World Confederation for Physical Therapy, 2-6th June 2007

2007

15th International Congress of the World Confederation for Physical Therapy
Clifford A.M. and Holder-Powell H.M.
(2007) 15th International Congress of the World Confederation for Physical Therapy

2007

4th Scientific Conference of the Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
Kehoe, A. and Clifford A.M.
(2007) 4th Scientific Conference of the Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

2005

2nd International Conference on Movement Dysfunction
Clifford A.M., Woledge R. and Holder-Powell H.M.
(2005) 2nd International Conference on Movement Dysfunction

2005

XVIIth Conference of International Society for Posture and Gait Research
Clifford A.M., Woledge R. and Holder-Powell H.M.
(2005) XVIIth Conference of International Society for Posture and Gait Research

Conference Contributions



Other Publications

2015

Dance for People With Parkinson Disease: What Is the Evidence Telling Us?
Shanahan, J,Morris, ME,Bhriain, ON,Saunders, J,Clifford, AM
(2015) Dance for People With Parkinson Disease: What Is the Evidence Telling Us?
In Archives of physical medicine and rehabilitation; pp. 141-153
DOI: 10.1016/j.apmr.2014.08.017

2013

Characteristics of optimum falls prevention exercise programmes for community-dwelling older adults using the FITT principle
Power, V,Clifford, AM
(2013) Characteristics of optimum falls prevention exercise programmes for community-dwelling older adults using the FITT principle
In European Review Of Aging And Physical Activity; pp. 95-106
DOI: 10.1007/s11556-012-0108-2

2012

The relationship of physical activity to falls incidence in community-dwelling older adults: A review
Power, V,Clifford, AM
(2012) The relationship of physical activity to falls incidence in community-dwelling older adults: A review
In Journal Of Aging And Physical Activity; pp. 145-146

2009

Assessment of the effect of injury on the kinematic differences in the sagital plane upon landing. Proceedings of the 27th International Society of Biomechanics in Sports (ISBS) Conference, Limerick, Ireland. P441.
Clifford, A; O'Sullivan, K; Tierney, M
(2009) Assessment of the effect of injury on the kinematic differences in the sagital plane upon landing. Proceedings of the 27th International Society of Biomechanics in Sports (ISBS) Conference, Limerick, Ireland. P441.
(Ed.)

2009

An Investigation into Hip Muscle Strength of Previously Injured and Non-Injured Gaelic Footballers. Manual Therapy. 14:S14
Kelly, O; Clifford, A; O'Sullivan, K
(2009) An Investigation into Hip Muscle Strength of Previously Injured and Non-Injured Gaelic Footballers. Manual Therapy. 14:S14
(Ed.)

2009

A Pilot Investigation into the effect of Dominance and Previous Injury on the Landing Strategy of Senior College Level Male Gaelic Footballers. National Institute of Health Sciences Research Bulletin. Vol 5 (2) p62-63
Tierney, M; Clifford, A; O'Sullivan, K
(2009) A Pilot Investigation into the effect of Dominance and Previous Injury on the Landing Strategy of Senior College Level Male Gaelic Footballers. National Institute of Health Sciences Research Bulletin. Vol 5 (2) p62-63
(Ed.)

2008

Postural Control following Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury
Clifford, A
(2008) Postural Control following Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury
King's College London : King's College London