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Dr Katy Hamana

Lecturer: Physiotherapy

School of Healthcare Sciences

+44 29206 87841
Room 3.35, 3rd Floor, Ty Dewi Sant, Heath Campus, Cardiff, CF14 4XN


In my current lecturer role, my main areas of teaching in undergraduate and postgraduate programmes are neurological rehabilitation, physiotherapy theory and physical activity and exercise, and research methods. I am current module lead for MSc module Neurorehabilitation: a theoretical basis. I also have a keen interest in developing theoretically underpinned approaches to physical activity in neurological conditions and gaining better understanding of uptake and maintenance of regular exercise for people with Huntington's disease. I have recently completed my PhD in this topic.

My experience and interests in behaviour change and engagement in physical activity for neurological populations has led to being co-applicant for successfully funded engagement projects in this topic area. I work closely in a clinical and research capacity with the Cardiff Huntington’s Disease Centre and staff and students based in the Centre for Trials Research, Cardiff University and School of Engineering, Cardiff University.

I am co-chair of the Physiotherapy working group for the European Huntington's Disease Network (EHDN) and have recently co-led and completed a collaborative project with the European Huntington’s Association to develop an online resource for HD families that aims to support more active lifestyles in HD. 

Prior to my current role I have led trial management and intervention delivery for a variety of the Cardiff Huntington's disease (HD) Physiotherapy Group research studies at the School of Healthcare Sciences and I continue to be involved in ongoing engagement activities to increase visibility of the work and collaborative efforts for improved healthcare in HD being led by the team in Cardiff.

Professional memberships

Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP)

Health and Care Professions council (HCPC)