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Dr Lori Quinn EdD, PT

Dr Lori Quinn


Senior Research Fellow - Physiotherapy

My research has focused on developing evidence and guidelines for targeted physical interventions in neurodegenerative diseases, and in particular Huntington's disease (HD). The Cardiff HD Physiotherapy Group have adopted the Medical Research Council (MRC) Framework for design and evaluation of complex interventions to provide a structure that should ultimately lead to full scale, robust controlled clinical trials. Over the course of the last 6 years, the Cardiff group have validated outcome measures, consulted service users to develop appropriate interventions, and conducted case studies and several larger feasibility studies (MOVE TO EXERCISE, COMMET-HD and TRAIN-HD).  Two larger scale studies are currently underway:  ExeRT-HD and Engage-HD.  More information about our current and past studies can be found at www.actvehd.co.uk

As co-lead facilitator of the European Huntington's Disease Network (EHDN) Physiotherapy Working Group, I work to facilitate communication between physiotherapists and healthcare professionals from across European countries.  One of the group's major projects has been the development and on-going revision of a Physiotherapy Guidance Document for people with HD. This document incorporates basic science and clinical research to date, as well as expert consensus, for physiotherapy interventions targeted at all stages of HD. This work has required large-scale collaboration from physiotherapists working across Europe in the field of HD, and has resulted in the establishment of an international group of physiotherapy academics and clinicians working together to further develop existing evidence in support of physiotherapy for people with HD.


  • Ed.D. 1996 Movement Science, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, New York USA
  • Ed.M. 1994 Movement Science, Teachers College, Columbia University
  • M.A. 1993 Movement Science, Teachers College, Columbia University
  • B.S. 1989 Physical Therapy, University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut USA

Editorial work

  • Reviewer for Physical Therapy, Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy, and Pediatric Physical Therapy

Association memberships

  • European Huntington's Disease Network (EHDN) - Physiotherapy Working Group, co-lead facilitator
  • Chartered Society of Physiotherapists
  • American Physical Therapy Association - Neurology section member

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  • Registered by Health Professions Council, UK
  • Chartered Society of Physiotherapists
  • Association of Chartered Physiotherapists Interested in Neurology
  • Licensed Physical Therapist in Connecticut, New York and Massachusetts, USA











  • Busse, M., Quinn, L. and Quarrell, O. 2011. Huntington's disease. In: Stokes, M. and Stack, E. eds. Physical Management for Neurological Conditions 3rd ed. Elsevier, pp. 141-162.





  • Quinn, L. and Dalbello-Haas, V. 2007. Progressive central nervous system disorders. In: Cameron, M. H. and Monroe, L. G. eds. Physical Rehabilitation - Evidence-Based Examination, Evaluation, and Intervention. St. Louis, MO: W.B. Saunders, pp. 436-472.







I have previously taught at New York Medical College in Valhalla, NY, where I continue to serve on faculty as Senior Lecturer. As Associate Professor at NYMC from 1996-2003, I coordinated course curriculum related to neurological physiotherapy and paediatrics, and lectured in topics related to neuroscience, motor control and motor learning, functional outcomes and clinical documentation. At Cardiff University, I currently lecture on topics related to the neural basis of motor learning and motor control.

Funded Research Projects


Jacques and Gloria Gossweiller Foundation. Principal Investigator.  Exercise Rehabilitation Trial in Huntington's Disease - ExeRT-HD.

NHS/ NISCHR National Institute of Health Research.  Move to Exercise. Home-based exercise for people with Huntington's disease.


Huntington's Disease Association.  TRAIN-HD. Task-related TRAINing in people with Huntington's Disease.


National Institute for Social Care and Health Research Health Research Funding Scheme: Can community supported exercise benefit subjective wellbeing, physical activity levels and abilities in people with Huntington's disease? A randomised feasibility study and process evaluation - COMMET-HD.


European Huntington's Disease Network. Reliability and minimal detectable change of measures of participation, functional activities and impairments in individuals with Huntington's disease.


Chief Medical Officer for Wales Research Budget. Development and evaluation of a DVD resource for people with a neurodegenerative disease who may be at risk of falls.

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