Biography

Louise graduated from the University of Limerick in 2011 with a B.Sc. in Physiotherapy (hons). She commenced postgraduate research in the Department of Clinical Therapies in October 2011, completing her MSc (Research and Thesis) in January 2013. Louise was awarded a PhD fee waiver from the Department of Clinical Therapies in May 2013 and completed her PhD in January 2017. Louise has lectured undergraduate and postgraduate physiotherapy students on the topics of musculoskeletal physiotherapy, anatomy, evidence-based practice, rheumatology, physical activity and behavior change. Louise currently has two roles in the School of Allied Health (i) Health Research Board Postdoctoral Researcher in the PIPPRA study (https://www.ul.ie/pippra/) and (ii) Practice Tutor in Galway Primary, Community and Continuing Care.Louise has clinical experience in both the public and private sectors in Ireland. She has worked primarily in the areas of musculoskeletal, neurology, rheumatology and gerontology. Louise is a current member of the Health Research Institute, Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists and the Irish Rheumatology Health Professionals Society.

Research Interests

Louise's primary research interests are in the fields of physical activity and behaviour change in the primary care setting. Louise has conducted much of her research in rheumatology and is exploring transferring her research to other chronic disease populations. Louise is currently involved in supervising undergraduate and postgraduate students' research projects. Louise's research outputs have been delivered locally to clinicians and through community engagement events, nationally at conferences and internationally through conferences and publications. Louise also has international research links in the UK, Sweden, Finland, Norway and Portugal. Louise is a member of the Health Research Institute.

Peer Reviewed Journals

2017

'if a joint is hot it's not the time': Health professionals' views on developing physical activity interventions for people who have rheumatoid arthritis

Larkin L., Gallagher S., Fraser A., Kennedy N. (2017) 'if a joint is hot it's not the time': Health professionals' views on developing physical activity interventions for people who have rheumatoid arthritis. Disability And Rehabilitation :1106-1113

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2016

It might hurt, but still it's good': people who have rheumatoid arthritis beliefs and expectations about physical activity interventions

Larkin L., Kennedy N., Fraser A., Gallagher S. (2016) It might hurt, but still it's good': people who have rheumatoid arthritis beliefs and expectations about physical activity interventions. Journal Of Health Psychology

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2015

Promoting physical activity in rheumatoid arthritis: A narrative review of behaviour change theories

Larkin, L., Kennedy, N., Gallagher, S (2015) Promoting physical activity in rheumatoid arthritis: A narrative review of behaviour change theories. Disability And Rehabilitation :2359-2366

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2015

Validation of the ActivPAL™ Activity Monitor for Sedentary and Physical Activity Patterns in People with Rheumatoid Arthritis.

Larkin, L., Nordgren, B., Brand, C., Fraser, A., Kennedy, N. (2015) Validation of the ActivPAL™ Activity Monitor for Sedentary and Physical Activity Patterns in People with Rheumatoid Arthritis.. Physical Therapy

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2014

Correlates of Physical Activity in Rheumatoid Arthritis: A Systematic Review

Larkin, L., Kennedy, N (2014) Correlates of Physical Activity in Rheumatoid Arthritis: A Systematic Review. Journal Of Physical Activity & Health :1248-1261

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Other Journals

2016

Shouldering the Burden of Evidence-Based Practice: The Experiences of Physiotherapists Partaking in a Community of Practice.

McCreesh, K., Larkin, L., Lewis, J. (2016) Shouldering the Burden of Evidence-Based Practice: The Experiences of Physiotherapists Partaking in a Community of Practice. . Rehabilitation Research and Practice

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