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 Shakila Devi Perumal

Shakila Devi Perumal

Lecturer: Physiotherapy

School of Healthcare Sciences

+44 (0)29 225 10965
GF1, Ground Floor, Ty Dewi Sant, Heath Park Campus, CF14 4XN


I am a lecturer at Cardiff University since September 2018. My background and expertise is Respiratory physiotherapy. Over past 18 years and more I have studied and worked in multiple countries including United Kingdom, Ireland, United States and India. I hold a M.Sc. Respiratory Practice from University of Hertfordshire (UK), H. Dip. Respiratory Physiotherapy from Trinity College of Dublin and M.S in Psychotherapy and Counselling from IPMS (India).

I am an advocate of pulmonary rehabilitation and oxygen therapy for its recognized benefits in respiratory population with culminating years of experience in Dublin and United Kingdom. Since 2009, I have presented numerous researches at national and international conferences, few to name Irish thoracic Society, European Respiratory Society, International lung Workshop, Welsh Thoracic Society, etc.

My main research interests include the rehabilitation of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma and pulmonary fibrosis, with an emphasis on physical activity, Behaviour change interventions, obstructive sleep apnoea and telehealth. I received an award in 2015 on my innovative ways to improve physical activity in COPD patients and a full paper has been published in Journal of Pulmonary Medicine and Respiratory Diseases. I serve as a committee member in Early career research group in European Respiratory Society for strong international connections in evidence based practice

Honours and awards

    Fellow of Advance HE

    Chairperson for Thematic poster (2018) Session title “Chronic respiratory

    Disease: effects of rehabilitation interventions in patients”. European Respiratory Society

    Annual conference held at Paris, France

    Chairperson for Thematic Poster (2017) Session title “Implementation of

    respiratory physiotherapy interventions in clinical practice”. European Respiratory Society

    Annual conference held at Italy, EU

    Guest Speaker (2017) at World COPD Day in Lancashire Teaching Hospitals, Lancashire,

    NHS, UK.

    Oral presentation (2016). “Is there any simple tool to enhance physical activity in

    patients with COPD” 4 th International Lung Conference held at Manchester, UK Invited

    Guest Speaker (2016) Session title “COPD and Physical activity”. Annual Irish Society of Chartered physiotherapy Conference held at Wexford, Ireland

    Best Poster Award (2015) Session title “Impact of walking prescription on the effects of

    pulmonary rehabilitation in COPD patients with high body mass index” 2nd International

    Lung Workshop Conference, Spain, EU.

    Guest Speaker (2015). “Respiratory workshop” Irish Society of Chartered

    physiotherapy, Dublin.

Professional memberships

a) HCPC (UK) registered, Role: Member.

b) Chartered Society of Physiotherapist (MCSP)

c) Association of Chartered Physiotherapist in Respiratory Care (ACPRC)

d) British Thoracic Society (BTS)

e) Irish Thoracic Society (ITS)

f) Welsh Thoracic Society (WTS)

g) British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)

h) UK society of Behavioural Medicine (UKSBM)

g) European Respiratory Society, Role: Member (MERS)

h) European respiratory Journal Editorial member- Early career member (Physio group)

Committees and reviewing

Health and Safety, Athena Swan, Equality and Diversity












Undergraduate and postgraduate physiotherapy- teaching and research supervision.

Main research interests include the rehabilitation of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma and pulmonary fibrosis, with an emphasis on physical activity,

behaviour change interventions, obstructive sleep apnea and telehealth.