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Guiomar Garcia Jalon



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My research revolves around three inter-related fields: epidemiological evaluation of the CP population at national and international level, the exploration of participation and integration of those with a diagnosis of CP and the evaluation of clinical services used by children and young people with CP. I have designed, conducted and published a number of randomised controlled trials and mixed methodology studies. Currently I am a research fellow at the Northern Ireland Cerebral Palsy Register and Principal Investigator in a study assessing the potential for data linkage methodology to assess the prevalence of pain among people with CP.


I am interested in the moved towards a social model of disability which considers disability to result from the interaction between individuals and their environment rather than being a characteristic of the individual. This has important consequences regarding participation of people with impairments in an inclusive society. In the area of research, I am currently exploring the use of data linkage to use pain medication as a proxy to assess the prevalence of pain among those with a CP diagnosis in Northern Ireland.

In my spare time I volunteer with the Special Olympics as a swimming coach. While still focusing on competition, when I coach and work with the swimmers in the club, my aim is to teach them to be safe in the water, to be effective swimmers and learn a skill they can take with them for the rest of their lives. They have showed me their capacity for learning and have pushed me to think of different ways to convey what I am trying to teach them.


Curren - Tutorial sessions for Evidence Based Nursing module - School of Nursing and Midwifery

2009 – 2012  Part time Lecturer - University of Ulster

  • Physiology lectures – Module of Physiology, year one BSc (hons) Physiotherapy
  • Neurorehabilitarion lectures year two BSc (hons) Physiotherapy

2006 - 2007 Tutorial Assistant – University of Ulster. Supervision support for one undergraduate project and two master projects.

  • Psychometric qualities of the Fatigue Impact Scale, the Fatigue Severity Scale and the Multiple Sclerosis Impact Scale-29
  • The effectiveness of an energy conservation programme on fatigue, its impact on quality of life and self efficacy.
  • Focus groups: experiences and views of the participants regarding energy conservation programmes.

2005 - 2006 Practical Demonstrator – University of Ulster

  • SPSS workshops – Module of Research Methods, year three BSc (hons) Physiotherapy
  • Neurorehabilitation practical sessions – Module of Neurorehabilitation year two BSC (hons) Physiotherapy


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