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Samantha Harrison

01642 738412
Job title:
Reader - Research
School of Health & Social Care
Health & Social Care research

About Samantha Harrison

Samantha Harrison

Samantha Harrison
Reader - Research, School of Health & Social Care
T: 01642 738412
Research: Health & Social Care research

Dr Samantha Harrison graduated from Northumbria University in 2006 with a joint-BSc (Hons) in Psychology and Sport Science and completed an MSc (pre-registration) in Physiotherapy in 2009 at Leeds Beckett University. The same year she began working at Glenfield Hospital, Leicester in the pulmonary rehabilitation department where her time was split between research and the clinical service.

She was awarded her PhD in 2014 from the School of Psychology, University of Leicester which comprised of a mixed-methods study exploring illness perceptions following an acute exacerbation of COPD to inform tailored strategies to enhance pulmonary rehabilitation.

In 2013 Samantha moved to Toronto, Canada to complete her international post-doctoral training in respiratory medicine and pulmonary rehabilitation, at West Park Healthcare Center. She also delivered teaching in cardio-respiratory in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Toronto.

In September 2015 she returned to the UK to commence her position as a Senior Lecturer in Health Sciences at Teesside University.

Samantha has over 20 peer-reviewed journal articles and has secured in excess of $100,000 CAD in competitive funding. She is a peer reviewer for several renowned journals such as; Thorax, Chest, European Respiratory Journal and Chronic Respiratory Disease. She has been an invited speaker at a number of international meetings including; the Canadian Respiratory Conference (2014, 2015) and the American Thoracic Society (ATS) Congress (2015), and is scheduled to give an invited presentation at the European Respiratory Society (ERS) Congress, 2016. She is a member of the ERS and the ATS and sits on the ATS pulmonary rehabilitation assembly program committee.

Research interests

Samantha’s research interests are primarily in the area of respiratory medicine, specifically COPD and thoracic surgery. She is interested in exploring the extra-pulmonary (pain and impaired balance) and psychological effects of COPD and developing interventions to compliment pulmonary rehabilitation. Within thoracic surgery she is involved in the development of an enhanced recovery service at James Cook University Hospital. She is also developing a program of work to assess the effects of robot-assisted thoracic surgery on patient-centred outcomes. These research interests fit within the Rehabilitation Sciences and Exercises Sciences themes of HSCI. 

Samantha has experience in conducting both qualitative and quantitative methodologies and systematic reviewing.

Current Projects

The views of health care providers’ and individuals with COPD on the role of pain in pulmonary rehabilitation
Principal Investigator: Dr Samantha Harrison 
Co-investigators: Professor Denis Martin, Dr Cormac Ryan, Professor Dina Brooks (University of Toronto Canada), Dr Annemarie Lee (West Park Healthcare Center, Canada).

Intermittent fasting interventions for the treatment of overweight and obesity in adults aged 18 years and over: A systematic review
Principal Investigator; Dr Louisa Ells
Co-Investigators: Dr Samantha Harrison, Professor Greg Atkinson, Dr Victoria McGowan, Professor Sharon Hamilton, Ms Gillian Waller

Applications have been made to explore interventions to enhance recovery after thoracic surgery, to examine patient-centred outcomes following robot-assisted thoracic surgery and to explore psychological processes associated with engagement in pulmonary rehabilitation following an acute exacerbation of COPD. 

A randomized controlled trail of balance training for fall reduction in individuals with COPD 
Principle Investigators: Professor Dina Brooks (University of Toronto, Canada) and Dr Marla Beauchamp (McMaster University Canada).
Co-invesitgators: Jenny Alison (University of Sydney, Australia), Pat Camp (University of British Columbia, Canada), Gail Dechman (Dalhousie University, Canada), Samantha Harrison, Anne Holland (La Trobe University, Australia), Annemarie Lee, West Park Healthcare Center, Canada), Alda Marques (University of Aveiro, Portugal), Rahim Moineddin (University of Toronto, Canada), Jacquelin Sandoz (University of Ottawa, Canada), Elizabeth Skinner (Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Australia), Michael Strickland (University of Alberta, Canada), Feng Xie (McMaster University, Canada).

Media coverage

How to incorporate balance training in COPD rehab
MD Magazine, 10/2015.

Self-management in COPD and chronic lung disease
ATS, Pulmonary rehabilitation assembly, 09/2015

Chronic Lung Disease linked to greater risk of falls 
Reuters, Life, 08/2015.


Selected publications

Harrison S.L, Beauchamp M, Sibley K, Araujo T, Romano J, Goldstein R.S, Brooks D. (2015). Minimizing the evidence-practice gap- Incorporating balance pulmonary disease. BMC pulmonary medicine, 15:73.

Harrison S.L, Janaudis–Ferreira T, Desveaux L, Goldstein R, Brooks D. (2015). Self-management following an acute exacerbation of COPD: A systematic review. Chest, 147(3): 646-661.

Harrison S.L, Robertson N, Graham C.D, Williams J, Steiner M.C, Morgan M.D.L, Singh S.J. (2014). Can we identify patients with different illness schema following an acute exacerbation of COPD: A cluster analysis? Respiratory Medicine, 108(2): 319-328.

Harrison S.L, Greening N. J, Williams J. E. A, Morgan M D.L, Steiner M, Singh S. (2012) Have we underestimated the efficacy of pulmonary rehabilitation in improving mood? Respiratory Medicine, 101 (6):838-844.

View Samantha Harrison's Publications on TeesRep

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.

  • How to Encorporate Balance Training in COPD Rehab
    MD Magazine, 15/10/2015
    A research study by Dr Samantha Harrison.

  • Self-management in COPD and chronic lung disease
    American Thoracic Society, September 2015
    A podcast by Dr Samantha Harrison.

  • Chronic lung disease linked to greater risk for falls
    Reuters, online, 14/08/2015
    Comment from Dr Samantha Harrison.