Following an extensive clinical career as a neuro-physiotherapist in the NHS, culminating as clinical specialist in Stroke, Sue is now a Reader in the School of Allied Health Professions at Keele University. She completed her PhD in 2004 on "Definition and effects of physical therapy treatment for sensorimotor dysfunction in the hemiplegic upper limb after stroke".
Her research since then has involved the evaluation of complex interventions for people with neurological conditions, and exploring experiences of living with a long-term neurological condition. In particular, her research has focussed on stroke survivors’ responses to somatosensory retraining using mechanical cutaneous stimulation and joint / soft tissue manipulation / mobilization applied to the hand, and more recently to the foot, and has received funding from Research into Ageing, Stroke Association, and National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).
Sue teaches the neurology component of the Physiotherapy programmes at Keele, and has supervised many undergraduate and post-graduate student projects. Sue also leads the Prevention, Performance and Rehabilitation research theme at Keele, is the School Post-graduate Research Student Lead, and is an experienced doctoral examiner and doctoral student supervisor of topics including those involving people living with Stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s, and Cerebral Palsy.