Professor of Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy
Doreen joined NMAHP RU in 2008 as a Research Fellow. She worked for many years as a physiotherapist with a special interest in pelvic floor dysfunction and was awarded a PhD by the University of Ulster in 2006. Her Thesis was entitled ‘Urinary dysfunction in people with Multiple Sclerosis’. Research interests are related to bladder, bowel and pelvic floor dysfunction focussing on the neurogenic population, catheters usage, and prolapse. Her primary area of research expertise is securing funding for and then managing large randomised controlled trials to provide clinically relevant information.
For example, the ‘AMBER’ study was a National Institute for Health Research (Health Technology Assessment Program: HTA) funded randomised controlled trial which recruited 200 participants looking at the effectiveness of abdominal massage for the relief of constipation in people with MS. Doreen is the Chair of the Physiotherapy Committee of the International Continence Society, and is involved with committees such as the West of Scotland ethics committee, National Institute Clinical Effectiveness Guideline Development Group for Urinary Incontinence and Prolapse, HTA grant reviewer, MS Society Grant Panel member.