Alex is a core-funded Senior Research Fellow, having joined the NMAHP Research Unit in 2008.
Alex has particular expertise relating to systematic reviews of complex interventions, leading methodological work, completing and supporting systematic reviews across the Unit. She is an associate editor with the Cochrane Stroke Group, an author on 11 Cochrane systematic reviews and 2 Cochrane overviews, and is on the methodological committee for Cochrane Rehabilitation. In 2020 Alex became joint Co-ordinating Editor for Cochrane Stroke.
Alex has an active interest in public involvement in research and has led and contributed to a number of research prioritisation projects, including three with the James Lind Alliance (JLA).
She led the ACTIVE project, funded by Cochrane Training, aimed at supporting review authors have meaningful involvement of patients and the public in systematic reviews. Prior to joining NMAHP Research Unit, Alex spent 10 years (1998-2008) working with Professor Peter Langhorne, carrying out Cochrane systematic reviews of complex stroke rehabilitation interventions and promoting evidence-based practice to allied health professionals working in stroke rehabilitation.
She was awarded her PhD in 1998, having carried out a small randomised controlled trial exploring the effectiveness of different approaches to physiotherapy for people with stroke, after originally qualifying as a Chartered Physiotherapist in 1993.