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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 work 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 also research in 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 also 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 elderly, neurological rehabilitation 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 which included orthopaedic & rheumatology referrals from consultants and GPs. I then worked in the Wellington Hospital, St. John's Wood London, as a Senior Orthopaedic and Sports Physiotherapist which included spinal and peripheral musculoskeletal referrals.

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

Conference Contribution


Conference Publication

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 Annual International Conference Of The Ieee Engineering In Medicine And Biology Society (Embc)

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.

2009

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

2005

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

2005

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

Other Publication

2015

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

2012

Peer Reviewed Journal

2017
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
Archives of physical medicine and rehabilitation DOI: 10.1016/j.apmr.2017.02.017

2017

Aquatic Exercise Therapy for People With Parkinson Disease: A Randomized Controlled Trial
Carroll, LM,Volpe, D,Morris, ME,Saunders, J,Clifford, AM
Archives of physical medicine and rehabilitation 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
Journal of biomedical informatics DOI: 10.1016/j.jbi.2016.03.017

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
Complementary Therapies In Medicine DOI: 10.1016/j.ctim.2016.04.001

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
Age and ageing

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.
Complementary Therapies In Clinical Practice

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
Complementary Therapies In Clinical Practice DOI: 10.1016/j.ctcp.2014.12.002

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.
Archives of physical medicine and rehabilitation

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.
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
Isokinetics And Exercise Science DOI: 10.3233/IES-2011-0396

2010

The reliability of the CODA motion analysis system for lumbar spine analysis: a pilot study
O'Sullivan, K; Clifford, A; Hughes, L
Physiotherapy Ireland

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
Manual Therapy DOI: 10.1016/j.math.2010.06.005

2010

Postural control in healthy individuals
Clifford, AM; Holder-Powell, H
Clinical Biomechanics DOI: 10.1016/j.clinbiomech.2010.03.005