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Denis Martin

Denis Martin

About Denis Martin

Professor Martin is a Professor of Rehabilitation and Director of the Centre for Rehabilitation Sciences. He graduated from the University of Ulster in 1988 with a BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy. He was awarded his DPhil from the University of Ulster in 1993 and received an MSc Applied Statistics from Napier University in 2000.

Before coming to Teesside in 2006 he was a Principal Research Fellow in the Centre for Health and Social Care Research at Sheffield Hallam University. Before that, Professor Martin was a Director of the Scottish Network for Chronic Pain Research and Award Coordinator of the MSc Pain at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh.

Professor Martin is an experienced supervisor of postgraduate degrees including eight PhD completions in the area of pain and disability. He is also Vice chair of the Pain and Older People Special Interest Group of the British Pain Society and is Section Editor in Rehabilitation for the Journal of Pain Management. He holds membership of the International Association for the Study of Pain, the British Pain Society, the Physiotherapy Pain Association, and was previously Chair of the Scientific Panel of the Charitable Trust of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.

Professor Martin is also Chair of Pain Association Scotland, a not-for-profit organisation that provides training and support of self-managing of chronic pain.

Research interests and activities

Professor Martin’s research interests lie in assessing and managing the impact of pain and disability, in which he has published widely and led or collaborated on many projects. These include exploring the experiences of people with chronic pain for the development of the chronic pain module for the DIPEx website, and the development of a community-based management of chronic pain with Pain Association Scotland.

His work includes pain and older people, the application of digital technology to augment rehabilitation, and the use of footwear in rehabilitation. His projects have received around £2m funding from bodies including the Research for Patient Benefit Programme, the ESRC, the National Lotteries Charities Board, the Chief Scientist Office in Scotland, the Health Foundation, the Physiotherapy Research Foundation and the British Geriatrics Society.



In the news

  • Digital experts looking to get beyond the `audition' stage in international healthcare project
    North East Connected, 18/10/2017
    Researchers at Teesside University are part of the international project which will to help provide support for people with a variety of health conditions.


  • Physios should give patients a voice and listen to their stories
    Frontline, 23/11/2016
    Denis Martin, professor of rehabilitation at the health and social care institute at Teesside University, spoke about his work with patients who experience chronic pain.


  • ER-WCPT: Physios should give patients a voice and listen to their stories
    The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, 17/11/2016
    Denis Martin talks about his work with patients living with chronic pain.


  • Persistent musculoskeletal pain tackled
    Fuse, 25/08/2014
    A Fuse Associate from Teesside University is undertaking a programme of work to improve understanding of persistent pain and to research the effectiveness of new treatments.


  • 20 new ideas from UK universities that will change the world
    Times Higher Education [online] 09/06/14
    Comic book superheroes are being used in an innovative way to help children understand more about older relatives suffering from chronic pain, says Professor Denis Martin as Universities Week illustra


  • comic book to help children understand chronic pain
    Medical Xpress (Web), 28/08/2014
    Comic book superheroes are being used to help children understand more about older relatives suffering from chronic pain in an innovative project led by a Teesside University academic.


  • Using comic book characters to help children understand chronic pain.
    BBC Radio Newcastle, Jon Harle and Anne Leuchars, 31/07/2013, 16:19:36, 4:59
    Research done by Professor Denis Martin


  • Comic book heroes to the rescue
    The Journal (Newcastle Upon Tyne), 31/07/2013, p.18
    Academics from Teesside and Northumbria universities have been working with Medikidz to use comics to help children comprehend what the adult with chronic pain is experiencing.


  • Comic book heroes to rescue
    Evening Gazette, 25/07/2013, Northumbria University (Web), 25/07/2013
    Teesside University professor Denis Martin is part of a team which has been working to use comics to help children understand what the older adult with chronic pain is experiencing.


  • Comic book to help children understand pain
    BBC Tees, 25/07/2013; Healthcanal (Web) 25/7/2013
    Professor Denis Martin, of Teesside University, has been working with other university academics and Medikidz to produce a comic which helps children to comprehend the chronic pain suffered by older r


  • Comic books to help children understand chronic pain
    Love Middlesbrough (Web), 23/07/2013
    Teesside University Professor Denis Martin has been working with Medikidz and academics at the University of Dundee, University of Aberdeen, University of Greenwich and Northumbria University, to use