Christine is a Research Fellow working within the stroke rehabilitation team at the NMAHP Research Unit in Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU). Funded by GCU, her work focuses on the “Vision” workstream, within NMAHP, and in the University’s Stroke & Long Term Neurological Conditions research group. Her work explores both the impact of stroke on the visual system, and the development of rehabilitation interventions that are effective for the stroke survivor, and feasible to deliver in community settings. She has experience of a variety of research methodologies including quantitative n-of-1 designs, surveys and Cochrane reviews, plus qualitative interviews and framework analysis techniques.
Prior to this Christine was a Stroke Association Junior Research and Training Fellow. In this post she completed a PhD project into scanning training, a rehabilitation method for post-stroke visual impairment, based on training more effective and efficient eye movements. This work provided new understanding of the mechanisms by which this training appears to work, as well as providing unique evidence of intervention feasibility.
Christine’s clinical background is as an optometrist: she trained at the University of Ulster and continues to work clinically in high street practice.
Here are two training resources based on the findings of Christine’s PhD study into visual field loss due to stroke.
A factsheet on Rehabilitation tools to train better eye movements.
A video providing detailed information about the eye movement training tools available in Scotland, and how to choose and use them in clinical practice.