Prof. Emma Stokes

Emma Stokes is the President of the World Confederation for Physical Therapy. She is a Fellow and associate professor at Trinity College Dublin. She is on leave from TCD and has taken up the position of Head of the newly founded Department of Physiotherapy & Rehabilitation Science at Qatar University.


Prof. Harriet Wittink 

Dr. Harriët Wittink, is Professor and chair of the Lifestyle and Health research group, University Applied Sciences, Utrecht, The Netherlands. She studied physiotherapy in Utrecht, the Netherlands (BSc). She holds a Master of Science in Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine from the Institute of Health Professions at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, and a PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies from Boston University on the topic of physical activity, physical fitness and low back pain. After extensive clinical experience providing physiotherapy for patients with chronic pain, she now heads a research group that investigates topics in chronic pain, such as dropout, relapse, health literacy, illness perceptions and behavioral change, physical activity and falls in stroke, physical activity in children with disabilities and motor development in infants. She occasionally teaches, but is mostly involved in the (co)writing of papers and chapters.


Dr. Jennifer Jones

Biography to follow


Ms. Janet Thomas  @janetthomas47

Janet Thomas is a Team Lead Physiotherapist working with Older People in NHS Fife and a Lecturer in Queen Margaret University. She is a past chair of AGILE: Chartered Physiotherapists working with Older People and current UK representative to the International Association of Physical Therapists working with Older People (IPTOP).

Janet cofounded Physiotalk in 2013 with Naomi McVey and since then Physiotalk has run over 115 fortnightly tweetchats, joining physiotherapists around the world to discuss issues relevant to physiotherapy using the hashtag #physiotalk. Janet has also led on the Physiotalk research projects looking at how physiotherapists use tweetchats for their continuing professional development.


Mr. Peter Tierney

Peter is currently working as the Sports Scientist with Leinster Rugby. He completed a BSc in Health & Performance Science in UCD, and then began an internship with Leinster Rugby. During this internship, he was offered a full time job as the sports scientist, and also completed a MSc by Research, investigating the application of GPS technology in rugby union.

Since then, Peter has completed a ProfDip in Data Analytics & Statistics, and is currently a PhD Candidate in UCD exploring the performance benefits from sports science in professional rugby union.
His professional interests are in performance enhancement and RTP.


Mr. John C. Murphy

Biography to follow


Prof. Brona Fullen

Biography to follow


Dr. Niamh Moloney

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Ms. Fiona Keogan  @fionak132

Biography to follow


Dr. Niamh Moloney @thrive_physio

Dr Niamh Moloney is a Specialist member of the ISCP (Musculoskeletal) who combines over 20 years of clinical and academic experience. She completed a Masters in Manipulative Therapy at Curtin University in 2003. Her PhD (2012) investigated pain and sensory profiles in people with neck and arm pain, with her subsequent research focusing on assessment of pain profiles and its impact on prognosis and treatment response in various musculoskeletal conditions. She has over 50 publications and has presented her research widely at national and international conferences. Working in primary care, her clinical practice focuses on multi-dimensional pain care for people with musculoskeletal conditions, persistent pain and pain following breast cancer treatment. She also runs combined pain education and yoga courses for people with persistent pain, including following cancer treatment. She has taught in the area of pain and musculoskeletal physiotherapy since 2005 holding positions at the University of Sydney (Lecturer) and Macquarie University, Sydney (Senior Lecturer, currently Honorary Research Fellow) and contributing to the Neuromusculoskeletal Masters, University College Dublin.


Dr. Rob Goodwin

Rob is going to present the findings of his PhD research which applied realist review and realist evaluation methodologies to explore the first point of contact physiotherapy initiative. This will highlight some of the hidden mechanisms that are exposed in stakeholder reasoning and responses to the initiative. This research looks beyond the efficacy of first point of contact physiotherapy. The intention is that Rob will describe the lessons learned and the implications for practice for those considering implementing first point of contact physiotherapy.


Dr. Terry Gorst

Terry is a post-doctoral physiotherapy research fellow at the University of Plymouth with a research interest in the sensory aspects of movement and function in neurological populations, in particular stroke and Parkinson’s disease. He received his PhD from the University of Plymouth in 2017 and is currently holding a Parkinson’s UK study grant investigating how sensory information affects mobility in people with Parkinson’s. In this study he is utilising body worn sensors to both monitor mobility and provide phase-dependent biofeedback. He has taught on the BSc Physiotherapy and MSc Neurorehabilitation courses at the University of Plymouth, and University College London (UCL). He also continues to work clinically as a physiotherapist in neurology outpatients treating patients with a wide range of neurological disorders.