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Dr. Tom O'Dwyer

Biography

Tom was awarded a BSc in Physiotherapy (first class honours) from Trinity College Dublin. He was conferred with a PhD in 2016, following the acceptance of his thesis entitled 'Physical activity and physical fitness in adults with ankylosing spondylitis'. Tom subsequently worked as a postdoctoral researcher in with the Physiotherapy Department of Trinity College Dublin, before accepting a lecturing post with UL. He is module leader for 'Physiotherapy in Contemporary Healthcare' and lectures on the neuro-musculoskeletal modules of the BSc and MSc Physiotherapy programmes. He supervises student research projects within the Department of Clinical Therapies.

In tandem with his academic career, Tom has worked in inpatient and outpatient clinics both nationally and internationally. Awarded a BSc. Communication Studies (first class honours) from Dublin City University in 2003, Tom has an interest in eHealth and is a Clinical Analyst with a connected health company. He is the Communication Officer for the rheumatology special interest group of the Irish Society for Chartered Physiotherapists. His current areas of research interest are in physical activity and physical fitness among individuals with musculoskeletal and rheumatic conditions.

Research Interests

Tom's current areas of research interest are in physical activity and physical fitness among individuals with chronic conditions, particularly musculoskeletal or rheumatic. He is also interested in eHealth and opportunities for enhancing care.

Publications

Peer Reviewed Journals

2017

Behaviour change intervention increases physical activity, spinal mobility and quality of life in adults with ankylosing spondylitis: a randomised trial
O'Dwyer T, Monaghan A, Moran J, O'Shea, & Wilson F
(2017) Behaviour change intervention increases physical activity, spinal mobility and quality of life in adults with ankylosing spondylitis: a randomised trial
In Journal Of Physiotherapy;
[ULIR]

2016

The emerging role of respiratory physiotherapy: a profile of the attitudes of nurses and physicians in Saudi Arabia
Al Mohammedali Z, O'Dwyer T & Broderick J
(2016) The emerging role of respiratory physiotherapy: a profile of the attitudes of nurses and physicians in Saudi Arabia
In Annals Of Thoracic Medicine;

2016

Decreased health-related physical fitness in adults with ankylosing spondylitis: a cross-sectional controlled study
O'Dwyer T, O'Shea F & Wilson F
(2016) Decreased health-related physical fitness in adults with ankylosing spondylitis: a cross-sectional controlled study
In Physiotherapy;

2016

Physical activity and exercise: perspectives of adults with ankylosing spondylitis
O'Dwyer T, McGowan E, O'Shea F & Wilson F
(2016) Physical activity and exercise: perspectives of adults with ankylosing spondylitis
In Journal of Physical Activity and Health;
[ULIR]

2015

Physical activity in spondyloarthritis: a systematic review
O'Dwyer T, O'Shea F & Wilson F
(2015) Physical activity in spondyloarthritis: a systematic review
In Rheumatology International;

2015

Decreased physical activity and cardiorespiratory fitness in adults with ankylosing spondylitis: a cross-sectional controlled study
O'Dwyer T, O'Shea F & Wilson F
(2015) Decreased physical activity and cardiorespiratory fitness in adults with ankylosing spondylitis: a cross-sectional controlled study
In Rheumatology International;

2014

Physical activity guidelines: is the message getting through to adults with rheumatic conditions?
O'Dwyer T, Rafferty T, O'Shea F, Gissane C & Wilson F
(2014) Physical activity guidelines: is the message getting through to adults with rheumatic conditions?
In Rheumatology;

2014

Exercise therapy for spondyloarthritis: a systematic review
O'Dwyer T, O'Shea F & Wilson F
(2014) Exercise therapy for spondyloarthritis: a systematic review
In Rheumatology International;