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    Research Interests

    Dr. Claire Kerr is a Lecturer in Rehabilitation.  Her research aims to improve the health, well-being and provision of clinical services for children and young people with physical disabilities, in particular, those with cerebral palsy.  Her work explores the efficacy of therapeutic interventions, the use of measurement tools and service provision for this population, as well as knowledge translation with allied health professionals that work with children with cerebral palsy and their families.
    School of Nursing and Midwifery Academic Lead for Public Involvement in Research
    Member of School of Nursing and Midwifery Staff Development Committee
    Member Faculty MDLS Research Innovation Translation Committee
    Member Faculty MDLS Public Engagement Group
    Member Faculty MDLS Research Ethics Committee Working Group
    Honorary Fellow, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, Melbourne, Australia
    British Academy of Childhood Disability-Castang Foundation Fellow, 2017-2019
    Association of Paediatric Chartered Physiotherapists (Northern Ireland), Secretary
    Association of Paediatric Chartered Physiotherapists (UK), Neurodisability Specialist Committee member
    Regional Representative (NI) to British Academy of Childhood Disability
    - Lecturer: Evidence Based Nursing 3 (BSc Nursing)
    - Personal tutor
    Post-registration and postgraduate taught
    - Lecturer: Musculoskeletal Care: Skills and Principles (Post-registration Nursing)
    - Lecturer: Musculoskeletal Care: Fracture Trauma Nursing (Post-registration Nursing)
    - Lecturer: Musculoskeletal Care: Orthopaedic Nursing (Post-registration Nursing)
    - Dissertation Supervisor, MSc Advanced Professional Practice/Caring for Children and Young People with Complex Health Needs

    1. O’Connor B (part-time PhD), Australian Catholic University, Melbourne: Evidence-based assessment practices by allied health practitioners working with children with cerebral palsy (with Shields [La Trobe University], Imms and Adair [Australian Catholic University])
    2. McCall E (part-time PhD), Queen’s University Belfast: The role of the health visitor in working towards positive outcomes for neonatal graduates and their families: developing a home-based, early intervention for pre-term infants (with Alderdice [University of Oxford], McNeill [QUB] and Franck [University of California, San Francisco])
    3. McCavert (full-time PhD), Queen’s University Belfast: Sleep disturbances in children with cerebral palsy (with Perra [QUB])
    4. Karim N (full-time PhD), Queen’s University Belfast: Qualitative study of Middle Eastern immigrant parents’ experiences of child healthcare services in Northern Ireland (with Boyle and Lohan [QUB])
    5. Egbon J (part-time MSc), Queen’s University Belfast: Prevalence of co-morbid neurodevelopmental disabilities in children with cerebral palsy (with McConnell [QUB])
    6. Zhou J (part-time MSc), Queen’s University Belfast (with Noble [QUB])

    1. Kerr C (PI) and McConnell [QUB]. Acceptability and feasibility of vestibular nerve stimulation (VeNS) in children with cerebral palsy: an industry-academic collaboration (2019; Medical Research Council, Proximity to Discovery)
    2. Nugent C [UU], Kerr C and Cleland I [UU]. Developing a digital toolkit for objective clinical assessment of activity (2019-2020; Northern Ireland Connected Health Innovation Centre/Invest NI
    3. Eastwood K, Kerr C, Perra O, Young I [all QUB]. Investigation of the link between maternal body mass index in early pregnancy and incidence of cerebral palsy in Northern Ireland (2018-2019; Queen’s University Belfast School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biological Sciences Scholarship Award)
    4. Kerr C & Perra O. (Co-PI’s) Northern Ireland Cerebral Palsy Register. Public Health Agency, Northern Ireland (2017-2020).
    5. Kerr C (PI). Knowledge Transfer Fellowship: post-operative musculoskeletal rehabilitation in cerebral palsy. (2016-2019; Centre of Research Excellence-Cerebral Palsy; Australian National Health and Medical Research Council)

    1. Sustaining Physical Activity in Community Environments (SPACE): Helping children with cerebral palsy achieve healthy physical activity habits for the future – a pilot study (2017-18 ACU Faculty of Health Sciences project grant)
    2. Improving the lives of children with disability using postural supportive equipment: scoping collaborative industry-academic-clinical opportunities (2017 Medical Research Council Proximity to Discovery Award)
    3. Improving long-term social, emotional, physical and educational outcomes for children and young adults with neurodisability (2017 DfE - Global Challenges Research Fund
    4. Cerebral Palsy Check Up: providing the best service at the best time (2013-16 Australian National Health and Medical Research Council)
    5. Goal Attainment Scaling for Allied Health Students (2015 Australian Catholic University Teaching Development Grant)
    6. Development of a powered wheelchair simulator for children with cerebral palsy and motor disorders; a pilot study (2012 Trauma and Rehabilitation Translational Research Group, Northern Ireland)

    Willingness to take PhD students


    PhD projects

    Open to MSC/PhD applications in paediatric neurodisability and rehabilitation

    Frequent Journals

    • Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology

      ISSNs: 0012-1622

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1469-8749


      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 2.19 SJR 1.623 SNIP 1.6


    • Gait and Posture

      ISSNs: 0966-6362

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1879-2219


      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 2.65 SJR 1.164 SNIP 1.492


    • Disability and Rehabilitation

      ISSNs: 0963-8288

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1464-5165

      Informa Healthcare

      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 2.16 SJR 0.846 SNIP 1.018


    • Physical and Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics

      ISSNs: 0194-2638

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1541-3144

      Informa Healthcare

      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 1.48 SJR 0.661 SNIP 0.791


    • Journal of pediatric orthopedics

      ISSNs: 0271-6798

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1539-2570

      Lippincott Williams and Wilkins

      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 1.69 SJR 0.97 SNIP 1.259


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