Since April 2016 Karen has been working as project manager and research fellow on an NIHR funded study, PROPEL. This project is designed to evaluate the implementation of individualised Pelvic Floor Muscle Training (PFMT) for women with pelvic organ prolapse across three diverse study sites. Prior to this Karen worked as a research follow on a CSO funded audiovisual intervention development and feasibility study, SCooP, aimed at increasing chest physiotherapy in young children with Cystic Fibrosis. She worked on this project while completing the write up of her PhD which was submitted in September 2015. Karen completed her PhD within the Unit titled ‘Exploring decision making and patient involvement in prosthetic prescription’.
She joined the NMAHP Research Unit in 2009 as a research assistant to work on the MIRAS, Mothers in Research Agenda Setting study, and later an evaluation of a Scottish Government initiative designed to normalise birth. Before joining the Unit Karen worked as a research assistant at the National Centre for Prosthetics and Orthotics (NCPO) where she worked on a number of orthotics related projects. This followed on from her undergraduate degree undertaken at the NCPO where she trained as a Prosthetist/Orthotist and graduated in 2008.