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Dr. Amanda Clifford


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


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


  • 2005 Member of ISCP, Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists