Department of Life Sciences

Visiting address
1058 Parkstead House, Whitelands

Phone: +44 (0)20 8392 3546


Siobhan's research includes study into the alterations made in performing movements as a result of altered musculoskeletal biomechanics. She researches the effect of ageing and the influence of physical activity on biomechanics and functional mobility. She also researches the design of protheses for and movement patterns of active lower limb amputees. Siobhan teaches on various courses including anatomy and human movement and biomechanics.

Positions Held

2000 - present:
Senior Lecturer, Biomechanics

1996 - 2000:
Lecturer in Biomechanics, Dept of Sport Sciences, Brunel University


Ph.D., University of Ulster, Biomechanics, 1997
Title: The evaluation and development of a lower limb prosthesis.
B.A., Univeristy of Limerick, Physical Education and Mathematics, 1992

Research interests

My main research interest is focussed on the biomechanics of amputee and, to inform the interpretation of results, non-amputee movement. Using motion and forceplate analysis I analyse the compensatory mechanisms used by amputees to produce movement. I also analyse the mechanics of the prosthesis with a view to enhancing the design of the prosthesis.

Research Expertise

Three-dimensional gait analysis for amputees;
Biomechanical analysis for disabled sport;
Development and evaluation of equipment for amputees and other disabled sport;
Biomechanical analysis for able-bodied sport.
Other Expertise:
Short courses on the use of biomechanics in sport and rehabilitation
Physical Education
Industrial Relevance:
Ergonomic and biomechanical assessments of equipment use and office design;
Gait assessment (eg for post office workers, police etc)

Research projects

Travel Scholarship from BASES 2 (1998) to attend 9th World Congress of the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics, Amsterdam
BRIEF award (£10000) (1997) Cricket Throwing
D.Phil. studentship award, Dept. of Education in Northern Ireland (1993-6)
Bursary for Best Student Abstract (1994) The Ulster Biomedical Engineering Society
DePuy International Student Paper Prise for best Student Presentation (1995) The Ulster Biomedical Engineering Society.
National Rehabilitation Board Research Scholarship (Ire), (1995) Awarded for D.Phil. research which is of benefit to people with disabilities.

Professional affiliations

International Society of Prosthetics and Orthotics
International Society of Biomechanics
British Assoc. of Sport and Exercise Sciences

Consultancy work

Gait Analysis



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