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Theresa Harvey-Dunstan

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences



After graduating as a Physiotherapist from Keele University in 1997, Theresa worked at Rotherham General Hospital and then at Queens Medical Centre, Nottingham, where she worked across a range of cardio-respiratory and medical specialties. During this time she developed an interest in the acute and stable management of chronic respiratory disease and in pulmonary rehabilitation. In 2005, Theresa moved to Glenfield Hospital in Leicester to work as a clinical specialist extended scope physiotherapist, delivering a specialist role for patients with a range of acute cardio-respiratory admissions.

After completing a Masters degree in Respiratory Physiotherapy she developed a desire to be involved in further research and as such transferred to the Centre for Exercise and Rehabilitation Science (CERS) within the Leicester Biomedical Research Centre - Respiratory Unit, working with an internationally recognised pulmonary rehabilitation team. There, Theresa contributed to the completion of the largest published post exacerbation pulmonary rehabilitation study to date, before embarking on a PhD with Professors Mike Morgan and Sally Singh. She was awarded her PhD in 2018 for her thesis "Comprehensive comparison of the properties of common exercise outcome measures for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease". This study was supported through the MRC COPD/MAP consortium and results were envisaged to assist pharmaceutical and industry partners in identifying and qualifying exercise as a biomarker for use in future trials. Additional roles include Co-chair for the British Thoracic Society Pulmonary Rehabilitation Special Advisory Group, serving as a faculty member of the British Thoracic Society Fundamentals of Pulmonary Rehabilitation course, as a committee member of the American Thoracic Society Pulmonary Rehabilitation Programme Committee (2014-2018) and committee member of the East Midlands Thoracic Society.

As an Assistant Professor, Theresa plans to developing her skills as an educator and continue to develop as a postdoctoral researcher while contributing to the Division of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation Science.

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