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PhD Queens University Belfast 2006-2010
BSc (Hons) Psychology Queens University Belfast 2002-2005
Chartered Member of British Psychological Society (BPS)
Fellow of Higher Education Teaching Academy
Society of Neuroscience (SFN)
I completed an undergraduate degree in Psychology at Queens University Belfast, during which time my particular area of interest was recovery after Brain injury. After I finished my undergraduate degree, I completed two summer research internships at Harvard University and Boston University.
The studies I was involved in were focused around learning and memory in individuals with Brain injury. After completing my internships I started a PhD in 2006 at Queens University Belfast, and following my PhD I took up a lectureship in Stroke recovery here at the University of East Anglia.
Key Research Interests
My research interests are primarily in the neurophysiology of recovery of motor control post stroke and brain injury. My PhD concentrated on the exploitation of neuroplasticity through rehabilitation or non-invasive methods of stimulation techniques, to enhance the recovery of function in the upper limbs. Other areas I am interested in are, Neuroplasticity, Movement control, Non- invasive methods of stimulation, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), Paired associated stimulation (PAS), Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS). I am additionally interested in neuropsychology and the psychosocial aspects of recovery.
PhD supervision - Current student: Kathryn Collins: The neuromuscular correlates and predictors of recovery of upper limb motor function following Stroke
Fiona Ellis: Using virtual reality technology in Stroke rehabilitation
Areas of interest - Non-invasive methods of Cortical Stimulation (tDCS, TMS,PAS), Upper limb motor recovery after stroke
Grants/Funding - Wolfson Equipment Grant
Buick, A, Kennedy,N.C & Carson R.G (2016) Characteristics of Corticospinal Projections to the Intrinsic Hand Muscles in Skilled Harpists. Neuroscience Letters
Pomeroy, V. M., Ward, N. S., Johansen-Berg, H., van Vliet, P., Burridge, J., Hunter, S. M., Lemon, R. N., Rothwell, J., Weir, C. J., Wing, A., Walker, A. A., Kennedy, N., Barton, G., Greenwood, R. J. & McConnachie, A. (2014 ) FAST INdiCATE Trial protocol. Clinical efficacy of functional strength training for upper limb motor recovery early after stroke: Neural correlates and prognostic indicators : In : International journal of stroke : official journal of the International Stroke Society. 9, 2, p. 240-245
- R.G. Carson, B.D Nelson, Alison R Buick, T.J, Carroll.; N.C Kennedy& R, Mac Cann. (2013) Characterising changes in the excitability of corticospinal projections to proximal muscles of the upper limb. Brain Stimulation
Carson, R. G. & Kennedy, N. C. (2013) Modulation of human corticospinal excitability by paired associative stimulation In : Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. 7, p. 823
Kennedy, Niamh and Carson, Richard (2010) Changes in Corticospinal Excitability Induced by Simultaneous Isometric Contractions and Paired Associative Stimulation. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 91 (10). e53-e53. ISSN 00039993
Carson, RG, Kennedy, NC, Linden, MA and Britton, L (2008) Muscle-specific variations in use-dependent crossed-facilitation of corticospinal pathways mediated by transcranial direct current (DC) stimulation. Neuroscience Letters, 441. pp. 153-157.
Kennedy, NC and Carson, RG (2008) The effect of simultaneous contractions of ipsilateral muscles on changes in corticospinal excitability induced by paired associative stimulation. Neuroscience Letters, 445. pp. 7-11.
Crothers, IR, Linden, MA and Kennedy, N (2007) Attitudes of children towards peers with acquired brain injury (ABI). Brain Injury, 21 (1). pp. 47-52.
Conference or Workshop Item
Kennedy, Niamh C and Carson, Richard G (2010) The effect of simultaneous contractions of ipsilateral forearm muscles on changes in corticospinal excitability induced by associative pairing of cortical and afferent stimulation (PAS): intra-cortical mechanisms. In: Society for Neuroscience, November 2010.
Deputy Lead Athena SWAN/ Equality and Diversity in School of Helath Sciences
Early Career Representative on Research Advancement Committee,
Module coordinator of Pre-Reg MSc OT/PT Research,
Module coordinator of Introduction to Research Methods
Research Group or Lab Membership
Professor Valerie Pomeroy, Dr Celia Clarke,Dr Simon Horton, Kath Mares, Nicola Hancock.
Areas of Expertise
UndergraduateNeuroanatomy, Stroke and Motor speech disorders-SLT, Human Sciences: Neurophysiology, psychology- BSc OT and PT
Neurophysiology, Psychology, Research methods and dissertation
MSc Stroke, Introduction to Research Methods
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Tedesco Triccas, L., Kennedy, N., Smith, T. & Pomeroy, V., Jun 2019, In: Physiotherapy. 105, 2, p. 163-173 11 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Literature review › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile17 Citations (Scopus)31 Downloads (Pure)
Collins, K., Kennedy, N., Clark, A. & Pomeroy, V., Jun 2018, In: Physiotherapy. 104, 2, p. 153-166 14 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile12 Citations (Scopus)13 Downloads (Pure)
Kinematic components of the reach-to-target movement after stroke for focused rehabilitation interventions: Systematic review and meta-analysisCollins, K. C., Kennedy, N. C., Clark, A. & Pomeroy, V. M., 25 Jun 2018, In: Frontiers in Neurology. 9, 472.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile22 Citations (Scopus)16 Downloads (Pure)
Buick, A., Kennedy, N. & Carson, R., 26 Jan 2016, In: Neuroscience Letters. 612, p. 87–91 5 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review2 Citations (Scopus)
Characterising lower limb muscle activity and test-retest repeatability of EMG measures in healthy adults during upright pedallingSammon, E., Hancock, N., Kennedy, N. & Pomeroy, V., 25 Jul 2014, In: International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation. 21, Sup7
Research output: Contribution to journal › Special issue › peer-review