Professor Shea Palmer

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  • Qualifications:PhD, BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy, MCSP, FHEA
  • Position:Professor of Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation
  • Department:HAS - Allied Health Professions
  • Telephone:+4411732 88919

About me

Shea Palmer is Professor of Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation at the University of the West of England, Bristol (UWE). He completed his undergraduate training as a physiotherapist at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh in 1994. He worked clinically for 3 years in Swansea and Liverpool, before returning to Queen Margaret to undertake his PhD. He joined the academic staff at Queen Margaret in 1999 and was appointed Head of Physiotherapy in 2003. He joined UWE in 2005, first as Principal Lecturer in Physiotherapy and then as Associate Professor and Associate Head of Department (Research & Knowledge Exchange) within the Department of Allied Health Professions. Shea was appointed as Professor of Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation in 2012.

Area of expertise

Shea's primary research interests are in the assessment and management of musculoskeletal disorders, including joint hypermobility syndrome and knee osteoarthritis. His research has been funded by Arthritis Research UK, Chartered Society of Physiotherapy Charitable Trust, National Osteoporosis Society, NIHR Health Technology Assessment Programme and the Physiotherapy Research Foundation, amongst others.


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