Dr Jacqui Morris


Health Sciences, School of Health Sciences

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Jacqui is a physiotherapist and Reader in Rehabilitation Research.  Her research aims to advance rehabilitation practice to improve the lives of those receiving rehabilitation. Her focus is mainly in stroke and older people.  

She qualified as a physiotherapist in 1984 and completed her MSc in Physiotherapy in 2003 and her PhD in 2009. She was a Clinical Research Fellow in the Alliance for Self-Care research between 2006 and 2009 before undertaking a clinical academic role as Research Lead for the Allied Health Professions in NHS Tayside/Senior Research Fellow at the University of Dundee until 2017. The role involved working with Allied Health Professionals to build their research capacity and capability and led to several major externally funded grants and PhD studentships. 

Moving into a full-time academic role, between 2015 and 2017 she worked as a Senior Lecturer in the Nursing Midwifery and Allied Health Professions Research Unit at Glasgow Caledonian University before returning to the University of Dundee as Reader in 2017.

Since completing her PhD she has contributed to securing over £5 million in external grant funding as PI and Co-investigator.

Wider professional activities

  • Steering Committee Member UK Society for Rehabilitation Research 2017- present
  • Chair Scottish Stroke Allied Health Professions Forum 2017-present
  • Advisory Member Steering Group, UK Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Neurology 2017
  • Lead, International Implementation Science Network for Rehabilitation 2016 - present
  • Expert panel member, International Self-Management Review, Auckland University of Technology 2016
  • Scientific Committee Member, UK Stroke Forum 2016 - present 
  • AHP Consultant NHS Tayside 2015-present
  • Executive member Scottish NMAHP Group for Clinical Academic Careers 2015 - present
  • Committee Member Chief Scientist Office Research Health Improvement, Protection and Services Research, Scottish Government 2013 - present
  • Lead of AHP research apprenticeship programme NHS Tayside 2009 - 2015
  • Peer Reviewer for many journals including:  Stroke, Disability and Rehabilitation, Brain Impairment, Health Expectations, International Journal of Stroke, Journal of Health Services Research and Policy, BMC Public Health, American Journal of Physical Rehabilitation
  • Peer reviewer for NIHR Health Services and Delivery Research, The Stroke Association, Health Research Board, Ireland, Chief Scientist Office, Scottish Government


  • 2014: Physical Activity in Health Award-Scottish Physical Activity in Health Alliance
  • 2014: Submitted for the 2014 REF, School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Dundee
  • 2014: Early Career Researcher Award-CMDN, University of Dundee
  • 2011: Innovation in Recruitment and Career Development-UK Advancing Healthcare Awards
  • 2010: Alliance for Self-Care Travel Award, £1500
  • 2008: Best conference abstract-UK Stroke Forum, December


Jacqui’s research focuses on development and testing of person-centred rehabilitation interventions to promote physical recovery and participation in valued life activities.  She is particularly interested in stroke rehabilitation and recovery. Specific topics include understanding and promoting change in physical activity and sedentary behaviour to facilitate healthy lifestyles, and participation in broader activities that enrich peoples’ lives.  She is also interested in how evidence-based change can be effectively implemented to improve the quality of rehabilitation practice and services. Understanding the contextual, social, psychological and behavioural aspects of rehabilitation and rehabilitation practice underpins Jacqui’s work. 

She has methodological expertise in complex intervention development, randomised controlled trials, mixed methods research, systematic reviews and qualitative research.

Jacqui leads an international group of implementation researchers in rehabilitation is an honorary Allied Health Professions Consultant in NHS Tayside and is chair of the Scottish Stroke Allied Health Professions Forum.

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