Karen McConnell


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Research Interests

Research statement

Dr. Karen McConnell was awarded a PhD by the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Queen’s University Belfast in 2012. Her doctoral research evaluated management of the upper limb in children with cerebral palsy. Karen recently worked as a Research Assistant on an inter-disciplinary collaborative project that aimed to develop relationships between Queen’s University Belfast and James Leckey Design Ltd. She is currently working as Research Fellow to the Northern Ireland Cerebral Palsy Register (NICPR) within the School of Nursing and Midwifery. Her research interests include trends in the prevalence and characteristics of cerebral palsy over time, the effectiveness of therapeutic interventions for the cerebral palsy population, and patient and public involvement in research.


Leadership Roles

Member of Association of Paediatric Chartered Physiotherapists (APCP) committee, Northern Ireland


Teaching Roles

Teaching Assistant: Musculoskeletal Care: Orthopaedics, Post-registration Nursing


Completed Research

McConnell, Johnston and Kerr. (2009-2012) Management of the upper limb in children with cerebral palsy (2009-2012). PhD studentship awarded to McConnell, funded by Department of Education and Learning, Northern Ireland

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Cerebral Palsy Medicine & Life Sciences
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Northern Ireland Medicine & Life Sciences
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Therapeutics Medicine & Life Sciences
Interviews Medicine & Life Sciences

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Projects 2019 2019

Research Output 2011 2019

6 Citations (Scopus)
Cerebral Palsy
Upper Extremity

Constraint induced movement therapy in children with hemiplegia

Kerr, C., McConnell, K. & Johnston, L., 12 May 2012.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper


Marcia Mackie Travel Scholarship

Karen McConnell (Recipient), 2011

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activities 2018 2019

  • 1 Other
  • 1 Invited or keynote talk at national or international conference
  • 1 Invited talk

NI Cerebral palsy register: a 'test-bed' for UK draft standards for patient and public involvement in research

Karen McConnell (Advisor), Claire Kerr (Advisor)
28 Jan 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Measuring the Impact of Cerebral Palsy Registers

Oliver Perra (Advisor), Claire Kerr (Advisor), Karen McConnell (Advisor)
04 Nov 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited or keynote talk at national or international conference

Draft Standards for Public Involvement in Research: test-bed project

Claire Kerr (Recipient), Oliver Perra (Recipient), Karen McConnell (Recipient)
Apr 2018Apr 2019

Activity: Other activity typesOther