Honorary & PhD student members

Honorary staff members

Professor Amar Rangan

Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, James Cook University Hospital
T: 01642 854380 | E: a.rangan@btopenworld
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PhD students

Lisa Anderson

A process and outcome evaluation of an integrated drug and alcohol service: a case study with Durham County Council.

Tracey Arnell

Development and evaluation of a postural, ergonomic and spinal health education programme for secondary school children with parental and teacher support.

Jenny Baron

The effects of long-term wear of textured shoe insoles on balance, walking ability and daily activity in people with multiple sclerosis (MS).

Cordula Braun

Predicting the outcome of conservative treatment with physiotherapy for shoulder pain in the presence of atraumatic, partial-thickness tears of the rotator cuff.
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Sarit Carlebach

How do GP practices understand and implement policy relating to end-of-life care?
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Eric Charlton

The application of Counterfactual Reasoning in Occupational Therapy intervention aimed at ameliorating the effected of chronic pain in an elderly population with a diagnosis of osteoarthritis.

Lesley Cooper

The effectiveness of pain neurophysiology education for patients with co-existing chronic pain and obesity.

Katja Ehrenbrusthoff

An investigation of sensory-motor dysfunction and retraining in patients with non-specific chronic low back pain.
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John Franklin

Investigating the relationship between physical activity and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

Samantha Gillard

Diastasis of Recti postpartum: The effect of abdominal exercises to correct the Inter-Recti distance in postnatal women with a Diastasis of Recti.

Brian Houston

The use of the Astra (R) RMT/REP mask as an inspiratory muscle trainer for people with cystic fibrosis.

Oladipo Idowu

Study of Urine, Hair and Nail as Biological Markers of Exposure of Fluoride in Low and High- Fluoride areas of Nigeria.

Alison Innerd

An exploratory trial to determine the effects of a classroom-based physical activity intervention; EXCITE on physical activity, physical fitness, health-related quality of life & the acceptability & sustainability of intervention in schoolchildren.

Susan Jones

Evaluation of a complex intervention to promote increased smoking cessation rates among pregant women in North East England.
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Lay Khoon Lau

The influence of the higher cognitive systems and various methods of cervical joint position error calculation on cervical joint position sense in idiopathic neck pain patients.

Theodora Machaira

Evaluation of 'A Fairer Start' in Stockton.

Sandra McCormack

Women's experiences of pregnancy, childbirth and early motherhood in Durham and Teesside.
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Rebekah McNaughton

Understanding patient compliance to a cardiovascular screening programme and intervention.
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Emma Mead

Using data linkage and longitudinal analyses to enhance how Local Authorities use the National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) data to help improve child health.
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Leanne Mohan

Multidisciplinary working in Children's Trusts: a study of new and changing professional roles and their alignment to the public mental health agenda for children.

Stephanie Mulrine

Death in disadvantaged communities: Experience of family caregivers.
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Omotayo Joan Olajide

Knowledge Translation in Oral Health Promotion.
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Andrew Ramtohul

Psychosis education within secondary schools in the north east of England: What are young people's, teachers' and parents' views about psychosis being taught within the curriculum?

Jonathan Robinson

Virtual rehabilitation of pain and function for people with Multiple Sclerosis (MS).
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Om Prakash Sah

Metabolism of fluoride: Effects of age and altitude.
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Maria Sajjad

Effect of physical activity on fluoride metabolism.

Claire Smith

An exploration of the meaning of occupation to people who seek asylum in the United Kingdom.

Sophie Suri

Dietary, Cardiopulmonary and Physical activity patterns in paediatric and adult obstructive sleep apnoea patients living in the North East of England.

Siobhan Taylor

How does LEAN work in Healthcare?

Jacqueline Tough

Does an accelerated pathway to percutaneous coronary intervention in recent onset angina reduce anxiety and improve quality of life compared to standard care?

Gillian Waller

How to get research findings into practice in the changing landscape of public health.

Shaun Wellburn

Management of Scoliosis: Investigating the effect of scoliosis-specific exercise and providing adolescents and adults with 3D images of their posture and body shape.

Shaun graduated from the University of Sunderland in 2010 after completing a BSc (Hons) in Sport and Exercise Science. He then commenced a PhD at Teesside University.

Shaun's PhD is titled 'Management of Scoliosis: Investigating the effect of scoliosis-specific exercise and providing adolescents and adults with 3D images of their posture and body shape' (Director of Studies Dr Josette Bettany-Saltikov).

Research interests

Shaun's research interests are around scoliosis, and information needs.


Wellburn, S., Bettany-Saltikov, J. & van Schaik, P. (2013) An evaluation of websites recommended by UK NHS Consultants to patients with Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis at the first point of diagnosis. doi: 10.1097/BRS.0b013e31829965bc

Bettany-Saltikov, J., Wellburn, S., Watson, P., Arai, L. Robinson, E. & Hamilton, S. (2011). An evaluation of the information needs of people with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis at the point of first diagnosis at the hospital clinic: Final Report. Teesside University.