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Assoc Professor Caitriona Cunningham

Assoc Professor

Caitriona Cunningham

Associate Professor
School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sports Science
01 716 6512
University College Dublin, School of Public Health Physiotherapy and Sports Science, Health Sciences Centre Belfield Dublin 4


Educated at UCD (B.Physio, PhD) and University College London (MSc), Caitriona Cunningham gained international clinical experience, specialising in Musculoskeletal (MSK) Physiotherapy prior to her academic appointment at UCD. Caitriona is driven to positively influence clinical practice and health services through research, health professional education and engagement with professional and healthcare networks nationally and internationally. Her research focuses on musculoskeletal health with current projects regarding: Advanced Practice MSK services, Bone health and fracture prevention and Promotion of physical activity and exercise in health and disease. Her research findings have been widely published in international refereed journals and conferences with regular invited lectures and international research, editorial and health service consultancy roles. As a former Associate Dean of Teaching and Learning at UCD School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sports Science, she promotes excellence in teaching and education developments, leading on major curriculum enhancement projects and encouraging widening participation in education across a range of health and sports programmes. She continues to teach across undergraduate, graduate entry and specialist MSc Physiotherapy programmes, with specific focus on musculoskeletal health and exercise and she is Director of UCD’s Pre Physical Therapy Study Abroad Programme. As a member of the Physiotherapy Steering Group of the International Fragility Fracture Network and through her ongoing research, health service collaborations and community exercise programmes, she drives best practice in prevention and management of fragility fractures. Caitriona previously held the position of Chairperson of the Chartered Physiotherapists in Education (ISCP) employment group in Ireland and current professional memberships include the Musculoskeletal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (UK), International Federation of Orthopaedic and Manipulative Therapists Teachers' Group and the Chartered Physiotherapists in Sport and Exercise Medicine.


  • Assistant Professor
    University College Dublin, Ireland13 Feb 2002 - 27 Jun 2019
  • Associate Professor
    University College Dublin, Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sports Science, Dublin, Ireland28 Jun 2019


  • Senior Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist
    St Vincent's University Hospital, Physiotherapy, Dublin13 Jan 1998 - 16 Jan 2002
  • Private Musculoskeletal Practitioner
    Sandymount Physiotherapy, Ireland10 Oct 2001 - 10 Mar 2004
  • Private Musculoskeletal Practitioner
    Belgravia London Physiotherapy, London, United Kingdom1 Sep 1997 - 22 Dec 1997
  • Clinical Physiotherapist
    Mercy Hospital and Medical Center Chicago, Chicago, United States15 Jul 1992 - 19 Oct 1993
  • Clinical Physiotherapist
    St. Vincent's University Hospital, Physiotherapy, Dublin, Ireland3 Jan 1992 - 7 Jul 1992
  • Clinical physiotherapy
    St Joseph's Rheumatology Centre, Harold's Cross2 Jul 1991 - 31 Dec 1991
  • Team Physiotherapist
    Wanderers Rugby Club, Dublin, Dublin, Ireland5 Nov 1991 - 23 Apr 1992


  • B. Physiotherapy
    University College Dublin
  • MSc Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy
    University College London
  • PhD
    University College Dublin
  • Prof Dip University Teaching & Learning
    University College Dublin


  • Member of the ISCP
    Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists, Dublin, Ireland4 Sep 1991
    Professional Body for Physiotherapists in Ireland- Member Organisation of the World Confederation of Chartered Physiotherapists
  • Membership of the Musculoskeletal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists
    Musculoskeletal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists, London, United Kingdom1 Sep 1997
    Professional Organisation of Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapists with membership based on successful completion of clinical membership examinations
  • Physical Therapy Licensing exams, USA
    Illinois State Board, United States18 Nov 1992


  • Musculoskeletal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists
    University College London, Physiotherapy, London, United Kingdom1 Sep 1996 - 1 Sep 1997
    Musculoskeletal PhysiotherapyResidency
  • Teaching and Learning
    University College Dublin, Centre for Teaching and Learning, Dublin, Ireland
    Multiple short CPD courses
  • Certificate in Education Technology
    UCD Media Services, Media services, Dublin, Ireland
    Education TechnologyOther
  • Health Service Management Training Programme
    St Vincent's University Hospital-Health Services Executive, Health Services Executive Human Resources, Dublin, Ireland1 Jul 1998 - 15 Aug 1998
  • Higher Diploma in University Teaching and Learning
    University College Dublin, Ireland13 Sep 2013 - 20 May 2015


  • Irish
    Can speak