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.