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Assoc Professor Catherine Doody

Assoc Professor

Catherine Doody

Associate Professor
School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sports Science
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University College Dublin, School of Public Health Physiotherapy and Sports Science, Health Sciences Centre Belfield Dublin 4


Catherine Doody is an Associate Professor in the School of Public Health Physiotherapy and Sports Science. She qualified in Physiotherapy in UCD, completed an MSc in Physiotherapy in the University of East London, and completed her PhD in UCD. She is founder director of the taught MSc Neuromusculoskeletal Physiotherapy which is a specialist Musculoskeletal programme with international accreditation from the International Association of Orthopaedic Manipulative Physical Therapists. She is a module co-ordinator for a number of Musculoskeletal modules on the BSc Physiotherapy programme and contributes to 3 taught MSc programmes. She completed an MSc in Mindfulness Based Interventions in UCD in 2017 and teaches an elective module in Mindfulness for undergraduate Health Professional and Veterinary Medicine students. She was the recipient of 2 President's Teaching Awards in UCD in the area of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy. Her research interests are in the area of chronic musculoskeletal pain in relation to the identification and classification of Musculoskeletal related pain states according to underlying neurophysiological pain mechanisms and the evaluation of multidisciplinary approaches for the treatment of chronic pain. She has supervised PhD and MSc students and has received research funding from the Health Research Board, Irish Research Council, EuroSpine and the ISCP (research bursaries) and is a founder co-director of the Centre for Translational Pain Research in UCD. She is currently a member of the Physiotherapy Registration Board.


  • Dip Physio
    University College Dublin
  • Dip TP
  • MSc
    University of East London
  • PhD
    University College Dublin