Dr Catherine Minns Lowe

PhD, MSc, BSc(Hons), MCSP, HCPC Registered Physiotherapist, PFHEA, Associate Professor in Research (Department of Allied Health Professions, Midwifery and Social Work)


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Catherine joined the University of Hertfordshire in 2014. After being module leader for the post graduate MSc Research Investigations modules she now supervises post graduate students and lectures on Research Methods.  In 2021 Catherine became the Musculoskeletal Research Unit Lead, and Physiotherapy Research Lead in the Department of Allied Health Professions, Midwifery and Social work. She also reviews ethics applications for the School of Health and Social Work. Her research interests include undertaking systematic reviews, randomised clinical trials and qualitative studies exploring the rehabilitation and management of musculoskeletal conditions, the promotion of physical activity, issues surrounding care with patients and the promotion of evidence based practice.

Overall, Catherine has over 80 publications to date, regularly presents research at conferences and has been lead/co investigator for research grants totalling over £2 million. She extensively peer reviews grant applications (including NIHR’s programme grants and Research for Patient Benefit Schemes, Scottish Health & Safety Executive, Physiotherapy Research Foundation, Dunhill Medical Trust) and journal articles (including Physiotherapy, Clinical Rehabilitation, Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, Disability and Rehabilitation, American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Physiotherapy Research International, Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation).  She is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Authority and was a Senior Associate Editor for BMC Systematic Reviews. Previously she was the Allied Health Professional Member of Oxford C Research Ethics Committee for NRES LREC and MREC applications, reviewing NRES applications for ethical approval and providing advice re: ethics to researchers and clinicians. She also sits on Trial Steering Committes and has been a consultant for other research studies. She is Chair of the CSP's Scientific Panel and a Director of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy's Charitable Trust.


Research interests

Catherine is interested in musculoskeletal rehabilitation research, especially research to help people live well with long term musculoskeletal conditions +/- multi-morbidity; including being/staying physically active. She is interested in improving care pathways and patient care and working with patients/people with MSK conditions to develop effective patient care.

She is also interested in research to assist the development of the physiotherapy profession.

Teaching specialisms

Catherine teaches/supervises on the following post-graduate level 7 modules: research methods, research methods (distance learning), Preparing for Research and Research Project. She is also a PhD supervisor.


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