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Alison Williams

Lecturer: Physiotherapy

School of Healthcare Sciences

+44 (0)29 206 87743
Room 3.32, 3rd Floor, Ty Dewi Sant, Heath Campus, Cardiff, CF14 4XN


Research Interests

  • Stroke Rehabilitation
  • Falls Management Programmes
  • Balance and factors affecting balance related to function


Clinical Experience

I qualified as a physiotherapist in 1984. I especially enjoyed the challenges of Stroke Rehabilitation, working as a Senior I Physiotherapist in Stroke Care from 1989 to 1996. I joined the teaching staff at the Physiotherapy school in Cardiff in 1996.

Academic Experience

I completed my MSc dissertation in 2000. My thesis was the investigation of patterns of activity in muscles controlling the pelvis during sit to stand in stroke patients, which I presented as a poster presentation at the School of Healthcare Studies Research Conference in March 2001.

Although my main focus is in neurology, I have been involved in the teaching, assessment and organisation of a number of areas of physiotherapy at undergraduate level and postgraduate level. I have also contributed to the development of the teaching curriculum and assessment procedures during a number of revalidation processes.

My academic and research development is now towards the study of balance and falls management with a strong emphasis in neurology, in particular stroke rehabilitation.

  • Survey of current falls management programmes in day hospitals.
  • Use of 30 day diaries to record fall events.
  • Measurement error of the six minute walk test (ages 35-60).
  • Validation of a falls detection monitor.
  • Measurement error of the Timed Up and Go Test (ages 35-60).