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Dr Tina Gambling

Director of Postgraduate Research

School of Healthcare Sciences

+44 (0)29 206 87555
Room 12.12, 12th floor, EastGate House, 35-43 Newport Road, Cardiff CF24 0AB
Available for postgraduate supervision


My main role within the school is the  Director of PGR, I am  responsible  for managing all postgraduate research activity in the school. We run two post graduate research programmes  the PhD/ MPhil and the Professional Doctorate.  (

My background is psychology, my particular area of interest is behaviour change, self-management, rehabilitation and exercise in musculo -skeletal conditions.  Currently my research is centered  around the three Paediatric Hip Conditions PHC (neonatal hip instability and developmental dislocation of the hip, Perthes Disease and Slipped Upper Femoral Epiphysis). I have a specific interest in the physical, social, and economic impact of children and adults affected by PHC.

I am leading a research network that brings together a multidisciplinary group of, clinicians (surgeons and physiotherapists) and  researchers (within the fields of psychology, sociology, physiotherapy and movement science). The network was funded by the ESRC and collaborators include researchers at Cardiff University and Leeds University. [Science Impact Ltd;DOI:] We also have clinical collaborators from Royal Orthopaedic Hospital in Birmingham.  An important strand to our research is working closely with patients  with PHC  and their families as part of the research process, both to gain insight into the everyday lives with these conditions and the impact they have on their live, as well as to engage them fully in the research we do. Together we have developed a clinically-relevant research agenda within the field of paediatric hip conditions that will advance knowledge and understanding, shape future practice and influence clinical practices.













The Cardiff Hip Group is a multidisciplinary research group specialising in the optimal diagnosis, treatment and  measurement of outcomes in  Paediatric Hip Conditions. 

Our projects involve;

  • ➢ Understanding the Burden of Disease and the Quality of Life of patients with Hip Dysplasia
  • ➢ Developing condition specific outcome measures for children and young adults with PHC, which can be used in routine practice.
  • ➢ Developing a clinical picture of adult hip dysplasia and designing a diagnostic tool that can be used to alert clinicians to the potential of hip dysplasia.
  • ➢ Understanding how biomechanics can be used to inform surgical decision making and be used to support the design of novel  individualised  rehabilitation techniques in patients with PHC. 
  • ➢ Combining objective measurements; clinical biomechanics and QoL measures, To maximise patient potential following surgery through improving the personalisation (and therefore the effectiveness) of physiotherapy 
  • ➢ Bringing together clinical bio-mechanical measurements with QoL measures will direct clinical decision-making, maximise functional recovery and ensure time-efficiency
  • ➢ Improve decision-making by constructing research-driven educational materials for patients and clinicians

PhD Supervision 

I am interested in supervising within the area of psychology, hip dysplasia and Perthes I work closely with Physiotherapists and  movement scientists. Please contact me directly or submit a formal application through the Cardiff University On Line system. 

Current Students. 

Alison Seymour - One size doesn't fit all: the nature and context of the therapeutic relationship in the treatment of adults with anorexia nervosa: a grounded theory study

Katy Hamana An Exploration of the Physical Activity Life Cycle in Huntington's Disease

Liz Evans preventing premature osteoarthritis: developing an assessment scale for non-specialists to improve and accelerate the diagnosis and treatment of adult hip dysplasia

Jennifer Solomon the utilization of participatory action research to propose a model for continuous professional development in grenada west indies.

Fawaz Alrasheedi could bio mechanical data findings of gluteus medius muscle positively/negatively impact abductor muscles function and influence rehabilitation training program for adult with hip dysplasia

 Abdulrhman Salah s Mashabi studying loading during activities and exercises to enhance functional abilities among pediatric patients with legg-calve-perthes disease

Helen Ludlow what is the lived experience of people with pelvic radiation disease?

Sian Lewis enteral nutrition during radiotherapy: attitudes and beliefs of patients diagnosed with head and neck cancer

Paul Adamson optimising functional movement in knee injury patients using real time virtual feedback to develop novel exercise interventions

Ahmed Alghamdi  -Factors affecting body weight in boys in primary school, Makkah, Saudi Arabia: A comparative case study