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My research is focused primarily on balance, falls and physical activity among older people in general and more specifically, people with Parkinsons disease. I am interested in exploring these areas using a range of research methodologies – from qualitative methods, to epidemiology and intervention och implementation approaches.  

Breiffni Leavy

Lecturer

My research is focused primarily on balance, falls and physical activity among older people in general and more specifically, people with Parkinsons disease. I am interested in exploring these areas using a range of research methodologies – from qualitative methods, to epidemiology and intervention och implementation approaches.  

About me

I completed my PhD in 2015 at Uppsala university, where my dissertation investigated fall-related hip fracture using a varied methodological perspectives. I then wished to focus on the group of people at highest risk for falling- people with Parkinsons disease. I chose therefore Erika Franzéns' group at Karolinska Institutet as a post-doc, where I studied the clinical effectivess and implementation of highly challenging balance training for this group. I am also employed at the Research and Development department at Stockholms sjukhem where I am planning my upcoming projects involving tailoring rehabilitation which can be delivered at home to people with Parkinsons disease, using mobile health technology.  

Teaching portfolio

I teach at graduate and post-graduate level at the physiotherapy program at Karolinska institutet. I also supervise masters students and co-supervise a doctoral student. I am course coordinator the Physiotherapy for Children and Older adults. 

Education

I graduated as a physiotherapist from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland in 2000. I completed my masters at Uppsala University in 2007, and my PhD at Uppsala in 2015. Since then I have completed courses in intervention and implementation science as well as pedagogy at university level. 

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