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 Karen Jones

Karen Jones

Senior Lecturer: Physiotherapy

School of Healthcare Sciences

+44 (0)29 206 87708
3.29, 3rd Floor, Ty Dewi Sant, Heath Campus, Cardiff, CF14 4XN


I am currently Director for Engagement (UK) and Programme Manager for MSc in Physiotherapy.


I am a Senior Lecturer at Cardiff University and have been at the School of Healthcare Sciences since July 2004. Prior to this I worked as a Physiotherapist in the National Health Service specialising in the area of adult neurological rehabilitation.

In the realm of Learning and Teaching I have had various organisational responsibilities including being Module Leader at both undergraduate and postgraduate level and Programme Manager for MSc in Physiotherapy. I teach across several disciplines however my particular teaching interests are physiology, neurology and neural plasticity which I teach on undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

I have experience of programme validation at both undergraduate and postgraduate, specifically relating to the physiotherapy programmes that were established 2007, 2012 and 2014. More recently (2015-16), I carried out the role of Project Manager for a review of all Postgraduate provision across the School of Healthcare Sciences.

As Director for Engagement (UK) I have lead on the development of a CPD Framework for the School and am currently working with other Schools in the College to develop a College level CPD Strategy. I am also working on an Engagement platform to showcase School activity and a School Engagement Strategy aligned with the University/ School’s strategic aims.

In line with my research interests I am also Joint Chair and an active member of the Physiotherapy working group for the European Huntington's Disease Network (EHDN)











Main research interests

Exercise in Huntington's Disease. Over the past couple of years I have been involved with Professor Monica Busse and her ground breaking work in this area.

    • 2009 compilation of an exercise DVD for people with HD as part of a PhD study
    • 2011/12 blind assessor in the COMMET study (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) which involved an exercise intervention in local gyms
    • 2012/13 physiotherapy intervention for TRAIN HD (Task-related training in Huntington Sacircs Disease: a home based intervention study)
    • 2013/14 Blinded assessor for EXERT HD (Involving max exercise testing)
    • 2014/15 Blinded assessor for ENGAGE HD

I also have an interest in the area of Manual Handling/ Therapeutic handling in which I carried out my own MSc and am furthering this work through supervision of other Master's students.

Finally another theme within my research profile is trunk/ spinal stability re-education, a rehabilitation tool that spans all specialities. In this area I supervise both undergraduate and post graduate students, the findings of which have been presented at various National and International conferences.


I have some experience of small grant applications (2007- £500) and more recently a co applicant for the successful TRAIN HD grant ( £99,230).


In addition to the publications listed, I have been a significant contributor to the following publications:

Quinn, L. and Busse, M. 2012. Development of physiotherapy guidance and treatment-based classifications for people with Huntington's disease. Neurodegenerative Disease Management 2(1), pp. 11-19. (10.2217/nmt.11.67)

Quinn, L. and Busse-Morris, M. 2012. Physiotherapy clinical guidelines for Huntington's disease. Neurodegenerative Disease Management 2(1), pp. 21-31. (10.2217/NMT.11.86)

Khalil, H. et al. 2012. Adherence to use of a home-based exercise DVD in people with Huntington Disease: participants' perspectives. Physical Therapy 92(1), pp. 69-82. (10.2522/ptj.20100438)

Quinn, L. et al. 2014. Task-specific training in huntington disease: a randomized controlled feasibility trial. Physical Therapy. In Press.  (10.2522/ptj.20140123)

Quinn, Lori, Debono, Katy, Rosser, Anne, Nemeth, Andrea, Quarrell, Oliver, Rickards, Hugh, Tabrizi, Sarah, Trender-Gerhard, Iris, Kelson, Mark, Townson, Julia, Busse-Morris, Monica and TRAIN HD management group. Task specific training in Huntington's Disease:A randomised controlled feasibility trial. Journal of neurology, neurosurgery and psychiatry 85 (1) , A66.

Quinn, L et al., A randomised, controlled trial of a multi-modal exercise intervention in Huntingdon's Disease, Parkinsonism and Related Disorders (2016)