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Professor Katie Sheehan, BSc DipStat PhD MCSP fHEA


Professor of Rehabilitation

Centre: Neuroscience, Surgery and Trauma

Twitter: @KatieJSheehan


Professor Katie Sheehan is a health services researcher and physiotherapist with experience from Ireland, Canada, and the UK.

Katie is available for PhD and postdoctoral supervision in rehabilitation, bone and joint health, and/or ageing (as they relate to health services research). She is particularly keen to support aspiring allied health professional researchers.

Katie is driven by the potential for rehabilitation to enable people to recover what matters to them following illness/injury. Her research focuses on improving access to- and delivery of- quality rehabilitation across the care continuum to optimise outcomes of fragility fractures in older adults. She has a strong track record in secondary analysis of linked audit data, qualitative interview studies, and complex intervention development to meet this focus. 
Katie has published over 60 peer-reviewed publications and been awarded more than £1.9 million in grant funding from UKRI, NIHR, and charities for her research.

Katie is the Chair-elect of the Scientific Committee of the Global Fragility Fracture Network, and Chair of the National Falls and Fragility Fracture Audit Programme Scientific and Publications Committee. She serves on the Royal Osteoporosis Society and NIHR Health Services and Delivery Research funding panels.

Katie is a Fellow of both the UK Young Academy and the Young Academy of Europe where she advocates for clinical academics and early career researchers. 


Research Interests:

Professor Katie Sheehan is keen to support the next generation of rehabilitation researchers to achieve their ambitions of optimising patient care. She is happy to support research in the areas of rehabilitation, bone and joint health, and/or ageing (as they relate to health services research).

Katie’s own research focuses on: 

1.    Access, delivery and outcomes of care after fragility fracture
2.    Stratified approaches to care after fragility fracture
3.    Observational data analysis (competing risk, prediction modelling, causal inference)
4.    Qualitative interview studies
5.    Development of complex interventions 

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