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Dr Liba Sheeran

Dr Liba Sheeran

Reader: Physiotherapy

School of Healthcare Sciences

Email
sheeranl@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 206 87757
Campuses
13.11, 13th Floor, Eastgate House, 35-43 Newport Road, Cardiff. CF24 0AB
Users
Available for postgraduate supervision

Overview

I am Reader at School of Healthcare Sciences, and Associate Lead for Population Health Research Theme, College of Biomedical and Life Sciences (BLS), Cardiff University. I am a healthcare scientist and physiotherapy researcher and a clinician with special interest in innovation and development of interactive digital health interventions to support self-management of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) with particular focus on low back pain (LBP) and lower limb injuries. 

As a recipient of Health and Care Research Wales RCBC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship I conducted a project titled Physio-in-the-Pocket that investigated the utility of wearable sensors and video-tracking for clinical assessment and personalised rehabilitation of LBP. I led a multi-disciplinary team or researchers in biomechanics, data analytics, engineering, computer vision and artificial intelligence on the Department of Work and Pensions Health Challenge Fund project involving rapid development and implementation of a digital intervention called BACK-on-LINETM that supports self-management of LBP in the workplace. BACK-on-LINETM has been launched to all workforce across the NHS Wales and Transport for London where the platform is currently tested for its feasibility, acceptability and any potential health and work benefits.

I have methodological expertise in movement analysis using 3D motion capture, inertial measurement units, electromyography, video motion tracking, wearable technologies and most recently virtual reality to characterise human movement and provide movement feedback with application for personalised rehabilitation. I actively collaborate with industry including Onclick, IBM Visual Insights(previously Power AI Vision), Meridian IT and others enhancing developmental productivity and commercial potential of my research.  

I collaborate with national and international leading academics in physiotherapy research, data analytics and computer science in Ireland, Australia, U.S. and the UK. I lecture on behalf of the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Sports and Exercise Medicine (ACPSEM). I speak internationally on spine injuries and back pain management in sport and athletic populations and run expert tutor workshops on the management of complex low back pain.

Biography

I was awarded with Bachelor (Hons) in Physiotherapy from University of the West of England, Bristol, U.K in July 1999. After graduation I worked as a clinician in the NHS before transiting to occupational health and university sport sectors at Bristol University and University of Bath. I completed MSc in Sports Physiotherapy and Exercise in April 2006 and was awarded PhD in Motor control in chronic low back pain: A view to classification in January 2011, both from Cardiff University. I was awarded Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching at Cardiff University in 2014 when I became a fellow of Higher Education Academy. I currently hold full time academic role as a senior lecturer and Health and Care Research Wales postdoctoral research fellow at Cardiff University.

Throughout my career to present day, I continued to be clinically active chartered physiotherapist with clinical expertise mainly focussed in elite sports performance sector and occupational health. Over the last 12 years I worked as Lead Performance Physiotherapist for British Orienteering Federation (2006-2009), Sport Wales Institute senior physiotherapist (2007-2009), UK Athletics physiotherapy lead for Wales (2009-2010). I have clinical experience working at world class multi-sport events including World University Archery Championships (2005), World University Games in Turin (2006), Commonwealth Games in 2010 Delhi, 2014 Glasgow and 2018 Gold Coast, London 2012 Olympic Games, 1st European Games (2015) and Islamic Games (2017) in Baku and several European and World Touch Championships supporting Team Wales. I currently work part-time as a consultant physiotherapist with Welsh Athletics (WA).

Honours and awards

  • Work and Health Challenge Fund Award recipient (2018)
  • Wellcome Trust & Cardiff University International Seedcorn Travelling Fellowship recipient (2016)
  • Society of Back Pain Research Travelling Fellowship recipient (2016)
  • Health and Care Research Wales RCBC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Award (2015)

Professional memberships

  • Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) (since 1999)
  • Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) (since 1999)
  • Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Sports and Exercise Medicine (ACPSEM) (since 1999)
  • Higher Education Academy (HEA) Fellow (since 2014)
  • British Association of Sport and Exercise Science (BASES) (since 2017)
  • British Association of Sport and Exercise Medicine (BASEM) (since 2018)

Speaking engagements

Committees and reviewing

Committees
  • Arthritis Research UK Biomechanics and Bioengineering Centre research Committee member (2010-present)
  • Cardiff Women in Science (CWIS) committee member (2016-17)
  • Cardiff Institute of Tissue Engineering Research (CITER) research committee member (2014-2016)
  • Physiotherapy Research Society committee member (2012-14)

Journal reviewer

  • Applied Ergonomics
  • Spine
  • Musculoskeletal Science and Practice
  • British Journal of Sports Medicine
  • Physiotherapy
  • Physiotherapy Practice
  • International Jpournal of Therapy and Rehabilitation

Grant Reviewer

  • Cardiff Institute of Tissue Engineering Research (CITER)
  • Physiotherapy Research Society

Conference/Congress abstract reviewer

  • The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy UK Conference (2012)
  • World Congress in Physical Therapy (2015)
  • Physiotherapy Research Society (2012-2014)

Publications

2020

2019

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2010

2007

Teaching

Teaching

Masters level

  • Clinical Kinaesiology and Tissue Pathology (HCT 226)
  • Musculoskeletal Diagnosis and Treatment (HCT 139)
  • Assessment and Treatment of Sports Injury (HCT 022)
  • Diagnosis of Sports Injury (HCT021)
  • MSc Research methods and data analysis (HCT 206)
  • MSc dissertation module (HCT117)

Professional Doctorate in Advanced Healthcare Practice:

  • Applied Quantitative Methods in Healthcare Research (NRT 108)

Research

2018

  • UK Government Department of Work and Pensions Health and Work Challenge Grant. Back-on-Line: technology to keep people with back pain in work. £178,696 (PI)
  • Arthritis Research UK. Biomechanics and Bioengineering Centre 5 year renewal. £2m (Co-Ap)
  • European Social Fund (ESF) Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarship (KESS) PhD Studentship £62,020 (PI)
  • Cardiff University Academically led international mobility award, Malaysia £5,500.00 (PI)

2017

  • Health and Care Research Wales RCBC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship. Physio-in-the-PocketTM sensor technologies for personalised rehabilitation of back pain. £112,778 (PI)
  • Cardiff University Strategic Development Fund. £5,000.00 (Co-Ap)
  • Cardiff Undergraduate Research (CUROP) “See how you move 2”. £6,000.00 (Co-Ap)

2016

  • Society of Back Pain Research Travelling Fellowship to Insight Centre, Ireland £1,000  (PI)
  • Wellcome Trust & Cardiff University International Seedcorn Travelling Fellowship £10,345 (PI)
  • Cardiff University Academically led international mobility award, Australia, University of Queensland and Griffiths University £10,150.00 (Co-Ap)

2015

  • Cardiff Undergraduate Research (CUROP) “See how you move 1”. £6,000.00 (Co-A)
  • Arthritis Research UK Clinical Studies Group Think Tank Award £3,000 (PI)
  • Enterprise and Innovation Equipment Grant, Cardiff University £3,165 (PI)

2014

  • Health and Care Research Wales, All Wales School of Primary Care Research Starter Grant, Classification-Based Group Functional Therapy (CLASTER) in Subgroups of Chronic Low Back Pain (PI) £28,550

2011

  • Cardiff University PhD Studentship £60,000
  • Silicon Coach, New Zealand. Equipment support for PhD study £15,000

Supervision

I supervise PhD students conducting research and development of digital health technologies including virtual reality, sensors, video motion tracking; deploying artificial intelligence and machine learning tools.

I am interested in supervising students in the following areas:

  • Use of technologies (wearables, IMU sensors, video tracking) for e-rehab
  • Improved self-management of musculoskeletal and neurodegenerative disorders
  • Digital platforms for sport injury prevention and management
  • Data mining for individualised rehab

Current PhD projects: I currently supervise 6 PhD students conducting research and development of digital health technologies including virtual reality, sensors, video motion tracking; deploying artificial intelligence and machine learning tools. Selected projects: 

  • Run Healthy - Run Strong: Digital platform for sports injury prevention and self-management (PhD: Kathleen Walker)
  • Wearable technologies for tracking physical activity of people with Huntington Diseases (PhD: Vincent Poile)
  • Back-to-Fit: e-rehab for back pain (PhD: Akushla Senarath Rathnayake)
  • Feasibility and acceptability of virtual reality interventions in people with back pain (PhD: Anfal Astek)
  • Physical activity levels in adults with congenital heart disease and its effect on exercise capacity and quality of life (Professional Doctorate: Lynda Shaughnessy)

Current supervision

Dalal Alothman

Research student

Vincent Polie

Research student

Lynda Shaughnessy

Research student

Past projects

Dr Dalal Alothman 

  • Back-on-Line: Self-assessment and self-management for back pain

Dr Rebecca Hemming

  • Spinal kinematics during daily function tasks in subgroups of low back pain