Kathryn Collins

Dr Kathryn Collins

  • Senior Lecturer In Physiotherapy
  • Bournemouth Gateway Building BG504, St Pauls Lane, Bournemouth, BH8 8GP
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I graduated as a physiotherapist in 2003 from The Sage Colleges in Troy, New York, USA. I worked as a physiotherapist for nine years in Chicago, USA, specialising in neurology. During this time I enjoyed being a clinical supervisor to physiotherapy students and became interested in research. I worked on a research trial with stroke survivors; this experience further sparked my interest in pursuing research, which led me to England in 2012 to undertake a PhD. In 2016 I graduated with a PhD in Health Sciences from the University of East Anglia. After finishing my PhD I worked as a researcher and grant writer. I joined Bournemouth University in 2017 as a Physiotherapy Lecturer.


My research interests are mixed such as neuro-rehabilitation, neural plasticity, upper limb recovery after stroke, how neurological disease impacts on the well-being of stroke survivors and their quality of life, and how to better translate research into clinical practice. My PhD focused on upper limb recovery of reaching and evaluation of the corticospinal pathway; these aims were achieved through two systematic reviews and two empirical studies. The systematic reviews investigated the kinematic differences between stroke survivors and healthy controls during reach-to-grasp of an object as well as reach-to-target. The two empirical studies investigated the test-retest reliability of transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) measures of corticospinal pathway excitability in both stroke survivors within the first three months after stroke and in healthy adults across the lifespan.

Journal Articles

  • Tariq, H., Collins, K., Dunn, J., Tait, D. and Porter, S., 2024. The Delphi of ORACLE: An Expert Consensus Survey for the Development of the Observational Risk Assessment of Contractures (Longitudinal Evaluation). Clinical Rehabilitation.
  • Hughes, M., Collins, K., Easterbrook, T. and blackman, E., 2023. Involving people with lived experience in physiotherapy education – Research report two: Harnessing the expertise of people with lived experience. PyhsioOpen.
  • Tariq, H., Collins, K., Tait, D., Dunn, J., Altaf, S. and Porter, S., 2023. Factors associated with joint contractures in adults: a systematic review with narrative synthesis. Disability and Rehabilitation, 45 (11), 1755-1772.
  • Collins, K.C., Burdall, O., Kassam, J., Firth, G., Perry, D. and Ramachandran, M., 2022. Health-related quality of life and functional outcome measures for pediatric multiple injury: A systematic review and narrative synthesis. Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery, 92 (5), E92-E106.
  • Hancock, N.J., Collins, K., Dorer, C., Wolf, S.L., Bayley, M. and Pomeroy, V.M., 2019. Evidence-based practice ' on-the-go': Using ViaTherapy as a tool to enhance clinical decision making in upper limb rehabilitation after stroke, a quality improvement initiative. BMJ Open Quality, 8 (3).
  • Collins, K.C., Kennedy, N.C., Clark, A. and Pomeroy, V.M., 2018. Kinematic components of the reach-to-target movement after stroke for focused rehabilitation interventions: Systematic review and meta-analysis. Frontiers in Neurology, 9.
  • Collins, K., Kennedy, N.K., Clark, A. and Pomeroy, V.M., 2018. Getting a kinematic handle on reach-to-grasp: a meta-analysis. Physiotherapy.


  • Tariq, H., Collins, K. and Dunn, J., 2021. Developing a contracture risk assessment tool and a regional contracture strategy. In: Rehab 2021-Living and ageing with long term conditions 9-10 November 2021 Virtual.



  • Return to Work After Stroke (Bournemouth University Acorn Fund, 07 May 2018). Awarded

Conference Presentations

  • Royal London Hospital Orthopaedic and Trauma Society 10th Anniversary Academic Meeting, NIHR Funding, Where to Start?, 07 Jul 2017, London, UK
  • Congress on Neural Rehabilitation and Neural Repair, The test-retest reliability of TMS measures in sub-acute stroke, 25 May 2016, Maastricht, The Netherlands
  • Faculty of Medicine and Health Student Conference, The test-retest reliability of TMS measure early after stroke, 05 Mar 2015, Norwich, UK
  • Society for Neuroscience Conference, The test-retest reliability of TMS measures early after stroke, 15 Nov 2014, Washington, DC, USA


  • Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, Member (2016-),
  • Health and Care Professions Council, Member (2016-2018),