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Denise McGrath

Lecturer/Assistant Professor
School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sports Science
University College Dublin, School of Public Health Physiotherapy and Sports Science, Woodview House Belfield Dublin 4

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Dr. Denise McGrath adopts a 'systems thinking' approach to her role as an academic. She believes that integration of diverse backgrounds and perspectives is the only way to truly understand societal challenges, and to realise solutions. She therefore embraces interdisciplinarity in both education and research as a conduit for creative thinking and innovation. Her applied health-related research focuses on maximising quality of life and well-being across the lifespan. She has accrued valuable experience working at the interface of healthcare, industry, academia and community groups in the creation of clinically valid, effective, 'Connected Health' based solutions. Dr. McGrath is also engaged in fundamental science. She is seeking to understand the nonlinear complexities that govern the interactions between humans and their internal/external environments, and whether or not this can be harnessed and translated to the field of rehabilitation science. Her research in the sporting domain leverages her understanding of innovative technologies and analysis techniques applied to micro and macro movement, with the ultimate goal of enhancing sports performance. Dr. McGrath has recently returned from Harvard University, where she spent time as a visiting researcher under the Fulbright Scholarship programme (2015-2016). She has also recently been appointed to the position of Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Department of Biomechanics, University of Nebraska, Omaha. She is currently Programme Coordinator of the Health and Performance Science undergraduate degree programme at the School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sports Science. She has worked as a Lecturer in Exercise Science since 2012. She also spent a period of almost three years working in full-time research positions, both at home and in the United States, focusing on novel analyses of gait and posture in older adults. She undertook her doctoral studies in UCD in Human Movement (2010), her M.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Limerick (2003), and her B.Sc. in Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Limerick (2000). She has also pursued additional qualifications in University Teaching and Learning, Project Management, Strength and Conditioning and Bodywork therapies and has worked professionally in healthcare and sports settings.


  • BSc
    University of Limerick
  • MSc
    University of Limerick
  • PhD
    University College Dublin2009 - 2010
  • Prof Dip University Teaching & Learning
    University College Dublin


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