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Allison Cooper joined the Older People and Ageing Research and Development Network (OPAN) as Stroke Research Portfolio Development Fellow in May 2008. Allison is a core member of OPAN and works specifically with the OPAN Stroke Research Group to build stroke research capacity in Wales. Previously Allison was a Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist in Gwent Healthcare NHS Trust where she specialised in neurological, stroke and vestibular rehabilitation.

She completed her PhD at Cardiff University in 2006 with a thesis entitled “The relationship of hemiparetic gait patterns to underlying neurological impairment and its relevance to physiotherapeutic intervention”. This research aimed to further knowledge of the nature of neurological impairments following stroke, in particular, those related to the causes of muscle weakness, the relationship of spasticity and muscle contracture and muscle activation patterns during gait. Her research interests continue in the field of stroke rehabilitation in particular stroke patient activity levels, gait and facial movement impairment.

Career History

Start Date End Date Position Held Location
2008 Present OPAN Stroke Research Portfolio Development Fellow Swansea University
2009 Present Honorary Lecturer, School of Healthcare Studies Cardiff University
1997 2008 Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist Gwent Healthcare NHS Trust
1994 1997 Superintendent Physiotherapist Glan Hafren NHS Trust
1983 1994 Senior Physiotherapist Gwent Health
1982 1983 Rotational Junior Physiotherapist South Tees Health Authority

Key Grants and Projects

  • A novel system of activity monitoring to measures functional recovery from stroke during rehabilitation 2010 - 2013

    , NISCHR

  • Survey of vision services provided for stroke patients in Wales 2012 - 2013

    , WSPCR

  • Nottingham Fatigue After Stroke (NotFAST study) 2013 - 2016

    , The Stroke Association

Research Groups

  • Using 3D video imaging to measure post-stroke facial movement an

    OPAN funded research development group

  • Enhancing physical activity during acute stroke rehabilitation

    Exploring the role of the psychosocial environment in behaviour change and identity transition; OPAN funded research