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Dr. Sara Hayes

BSc Dip PhD


Dr. Sara Hayes is a lecturer in Physiotherapy in the Department of Clinical Therapies, UL. Sara completed her BSc in Physiotherapy (2008) (1st class honours), P.G. Dip in Statistics (2010) and PhD (2013) in Trinity College Dublin. She has worked clinically as a Chartered Physiotherapist, primarily in the acute hospital setting across a variety of clinical populations. Sara is the module leader for BSc and MSc Neurology, Chronic Inflammatory States and Exercise and Participation modules in 2016/2017 in Clinical Therapies, UL. Her research interest lies in the provision of sustainable multi-factorial interventions to people with chronic neurological conditions. Sara's PhD, which focused on the relationship between cognition and physical function post-stroke has lead on to her co-authoring a Cochrane Review examining the evidence for physical fitness training post-stroke. As a Health Research Board (HRB) Research Fellow in NUI Galway (ICE award, 2014) and UL (Health Research Award, 2014-2016), Sara has coordinated two randomised controlled trials. She was awarded a two-year HRB Cochrane Fellowship in 2015 to complete a Cochrane review entitled 'Interventions for preventing falls in people with multiple sclerosis'. Sara collaborates with colleagues in physiotherapy, biostatistics, psychology, sport science, health economics, medicine, nursing and health promotion and is a member of the Health Research Institute in UL and the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists.>>

Professional Activities


  • 2016 University of Limerick - HRB Cochrane Fellow,
  • 2015 University of Limerick - Lecturer
  • 2014 University of Limerick - HRB post-doctoral research fellow
  • 2013 NUI Galway - HRB ICE post-doctoral research fellow
  • 2012 University College Dublin - Occasional lecturer, School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Population Science
  • 2012 St. Vincent's University Hospital - Physiotherapist
  • 2010 Trinity College Dublin - Occasional lecturer
  • 2010 St. James' Hospital - Physiotherapist
  • 2009 St. James' Hospital - Physiotherapist
  • 2009 St. Vincent's University Hospital - Physiotherapist
  • 2009 Cystic Fibrosis Association of Ireland - Physiotherapist
  • 2008 St. Vincent's University Hospital - Physiotherapist


  • 2013 - 1st prize for Clinical Research at the Irish Pain Society annual conference
  • 2012 - 1st prize for oral presentation at the Irish Heart Foundation Council on Stroke- 15th Annual Stroke Study Day
  • 2007 - Undergraduate Erasmus Exchange programme in Karolinska University, Stockholm, Sweden
  • 2004 - Entrance Award


  • Member, Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists
  • Committee member- education officer, Mid Western branch ISCP