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Dr Nichola Gale

Dr Nichola Gale

Senior Lecturer: Physiotherapy; Research Theme Lead - Optimising Health through Activity and Lifestyles and Technology

School of Healthcare Sciences

+44 (0)29 206 87758
2F25a, 2nd Floor, Cardigan House, Heath Park Campus, Cardiff, CF14 4XN
Available for postgraduate supervision


I am Physiotherapy Lecturer with an interest in cardiorespiratory conditions. My research interests include the assessment and management of comorbidities in chronic lung disease, as well as the development and assessment of supportive interventions in people affected by cancer.

Within the School of Healthcare Sciences, I am Deputy Research Theme Lead for Optimising Health through Physical Activity and Lifestyles. I teach and supervise Undergraduate and Postgraduate Health Professionals, including PhD, Professional Doctorate and MSc students.

I Co-lead the South Wales Hub for the Council for Allied Health Professionals Research (CAHPR) and Wales Cancer Research Network (WCRN), nonmedical research subtheme


2017-19 Post Doctoral Research Fellow (RCBCWales) (Cardiff University)

2015 Postgraduate Certificate in Undergraduate Teaching and Learning (Cardiff University)

2011 PhD 'Systemic Manifestations of Chronic Respiratory Disease’ (Cardiff University)

2006 BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy degree (1st class) (Salford University)

















Postgraduate teaching includes the following

NRT108 – Prof Doc, Quantitative Data Analysis (Module Lead)

HCT118_15A MSc Research Methods in Health an Social care

HCT145 MSc Cardio-Respiratory Physiology and Pathophysiology

HCT156 PGDP Research Data Analysis

Undergraduate teaching

HC3118 Research 2, (Dissertation supervisor)

HC2126 Problem Solving Approach: Cardiovascular Respiratory

HC2127 Problem Solving Approach: Health Promotion and Illness Prevention

HC1118 Physiology

HC1120 Practical Skills 2

Basic Life support

My research interests include the management of chronic health conditions. I have a particular interest in chronic lung disease, cardiovascular risk factors and cancer. I am also interested in the use of mobile technologies to measure physical activity.

Current projects include:

'Tenovus Unique Contribution study'

'The Co-Production of a home-based Activity programme for people with Lung cancer and established weight loss (CoPAL)' a collaboration with the Marie Curie Palliative Care Research Centre

'Assessment of Risk in Chronic Airways Disease Evaluation (ARCADE)' a collaboration with Cardiff Metropolitan University

Research grants

  • Tenovus, (Cancer Charity). The Effect of Choral Singing on Quality of Life and Lung Function in Cancer Survivors and their Carers January 2010 (Co-applicant;  £7,942) January 2010

  • Tenovus Cancer Care 'The role of exercise in patients with cancer cachexia December (Co-applicant; £29,555) December 2010-2012

  • Tenovus Cancer Care 'A study to investigate the effect of choral singing on quality of life, self-esteem and empowerment in participants with cancer, and their family or carers'  (Co-applicant; £96,656) May 2012-13

  • RCBCWales. Post Doctoral Fellowship 'The co-production of a home-based Activity programme for people with lung cancer and established weight loss (CoPAL)' (Principle Investigator; £59,944) September 2017-19

  • Research Capacity Building Collaboration Wales PhD studentship. Co-morbidities in patients with chronic respiratory disease (£36, 000) June 2006-2010


I am interested in supervising PhD students in the areas of:

  • The impact of comorbidities in chronic lung disease
  • The role of physical activity in chronic lung disease
  • Developing and evaluating supportive interventions in cancer

Current supervision

Mahfoudha Al Shezawi

Research student

Lynda Shaughnessy

Research student

Past projects

Ali Albarrati (PhD) Longitudinal Evaluation of Novel Outcome Measure in COPD (Awarded 2014)

Trudy Faulkner (Professional Doctorate) Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: accurate spirometry assessment and interpretation for chronic disease management in general practice: what are the barriers for practice nurses? (Awarded 2016)