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 Karen Visser

Karen Visser

Senior Lecturer: Physiotherapy

School of Healthcare Sciences

Email:
visserks@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 206 87692
Location:
Room 3.18a, Ty Dewi Sant, University Hospital of Wales, Heath Park, Cardiff, CF14 4XN

Research Interests

  • Paediatric Orthopaedic and Neurological Rehabilitation
  • Paediatric Physical Activity Participation and Health Promotion
  • Four year BSc Hons degree in Physiotherapy, Stellenbosch University, South Africa, 1989.
  • MSc in Physiotherapy, Cardiff University, 2008.
  • Post Graduate Certificate in University Learning and Teaching, Cardiff University, 2011.
  • Practical Leadership for University Management award from the Institute of Leadership and Management, London, 2016.

I worked for over 18 years, 1989-2008, as a physiotherapist in a variety of contexts and countries and have experience in both orthopaedic and neurological rehabilitation. I am interested in combining advances in both these areas when managing patients with neurological pathologies, particularly in the paediatric population. Research includes investigation of strengthening programmes for children with cerebral palsy, muscle length interventions and outcomes, as well as physical activity participation interventions for children and young people with disabilities.

I am currently a Senior Lecturer on both the undergraduate and postgraduate physiotherapy degree programmes in the School of Healthcare Sciences, Cardiff University.

I completed an MSc in Neurorehabilitation, Cardiff University, 2008 and a Postgraduate Certificate in University Teaching and Learning (PCUTL), Cardiff University, in 2011. I was the Undergraduate BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy Programme Manager, 2012-2016 and completed a Practical Leadership for University Management award from the Institute of Leadership and Management in 2016. I was the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy Wales Education Officer, 2013-2017. I am committed to on-going reflective practice in Learning and Teaching and combining scholarship with research. Due to my collaborative working practices, I was elected as Chair of School Meetings, 2014 -2017. I am currently a part-time PhD student investigating systems of physical activity participation for children and young people with neurological disabilities.

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I started work as a Lecturer at Cardiff University in September 2004 and successfully completed a Postgraduate Certificate in University Learning and Teaching in 2011. My teaching involves Undergraduate neurology, physiology, physiotherapy clinical skills and physiotherapy practice, research, and personal and professional development, as well as teaching on a Postgraduate Masters (MSc) in Physiotherapy.

I was the BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy Programme Manager from 2012-2016 and played a significant role in the accreditation and revalidation of the new Undergraduate BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy Programme, implementation 2014. The new revalidated programme included Inter-professional Education (IPE) Modules and I lead a large IPE module including six healthcare professions, 2015-2019.

I am committed to collaborative practices and producing skilled, caring and compassionate practitioners. As Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) Wales Education Officer (2013-2017) I have contributed at a national level to debate on physiotherapy education and curriculum. My research and scholarship involving paediatric populations has informed the paediatric and health promotion topics within Undergraduate and Postgraduate taught modules. I am a member of the CSP Association of Paediatric Chartered Physiotherapists and British Academy of Childhood Disability, as well as a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. I am involved as a volunteer in the Cardiff Race Running Dragons Club for children with a range of disabilities. I also volunteer within the community as an accredited LTA Level 2 Tennis Coach.

At first working part-time as a Lecturer, 2004-2009, I moved into full-time work as a Lecturer in September 2009. I obtained Academic Promotion to Senior Lecturer on a Teaching and Scholarship pathway in August 2017.

PhD Research in progress: Systems analysis of physical activity participation for children and young people with neurological disabilities, including a systematic review on physical activity participation interventions for children and young people with neurological disabilities.

Pedal Power: Does participation in adapted dynamic cycling affect lower limb muscle strength and length, activity levels, and quality of life for children and young people with Cerebral Palsy? This was a three-year (2009 -2011) collaborative research project investigating the effects of adapted dynamic cycling for children and young people with cerebral palsy. This project used both quantitative and qualitative methods.

A scoping project: Scoping for opportunities to develop rehabilitation research in Wales. September 2008 - June 2009. The Welsh Assembly Government funded this one-year collaborative research project.

A Pilot Study on the Effects of a Lower Limb Strengthening Home Exercise Programme for Children with Cerebral Palsy (2008) -   MSc Research: A single subject research design investigating the use of a strengthening home exercise programmes for children and young people with Cerebral Palsy - effects on strength, gait and spasticity investigated, as well concordance levels.