Helen began her career as a physiotherapist and has worked in the UK and Australia combining clinical practice with research. She worked clinically for 14 years in the NHS and was awarded the MSc in Sports Medicine dissertation prize from the University of Nottingham for her work on back pain. Helen has been involved in a wide range of clinical and public health research for over 25 years.
Prior to completing a PhD in Medicine at the University of Warwick in 2007, she was the Director of Physiotherapy Research at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre, Oxford. In this role she led a number of randomised controlled trials of physiotherapy and surgical interventions as a Primary Investigator. During her career Helen has secured over £1.3 million in competitive research funding from the MRC, CSO, CSP, ARUK and SISCC and won several prizes for her work on arthritis and chronic low back pain.
Whilst working at the Scottish Collaboration for Public Health Research and Policy unit in Edinburgh she became increasingly aware of the need to bridge the gap between evidence and policy/ practice, particularly for hard to reach disadvantaged groups.
Helen joined the Implementation Science group at NMAHP Research Unit, University of Stirling in 2014 and went on to teach in the Faculty of Health and Sport Science. Helen moved to Edinburgh Napier University in 2017 to join the School of Health and Social Care.
Helen has experience of trial design, implementation science, evidence synthesis and data linkage. Her research includes promoting and integrating evidence into practice, particularly interventions that support long-term self management for people with musculoskeletal disorders and promotion of physical activity.