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Prof Nicola Adams

Professor of Rehabilitation

Department: Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation

Nicola Adams joined the University of Northumbria in January 2010 having previously worked at the University of Nottingham.

HLS_Nicola -Adams _Northumbra -University -Professor -of -Rehabilitation _255I joined the University of Northumbria in January 2010 having previously worked at the University of Nottingham. Prior to this I worked as Reader in Health and Social Care and Head of the Centre of Research in Healthcare at Liverpool John Moores University. 

I have a longstanding interest in chronic musculoskeletal pain conditions and completed a PhD in 1992 in Northern Ireland which was funded by a Department of Health research scholarship. My research interests reflect my professional backgrounds and focus on conditions at the interface of psychology, medicine and rehabilitation in which I have published extensively including contribution to national and European Guidelines.  

I am a reviewer for a number of scientific, academic and professional journals and grant awarding bodies. I currently serve on the regional NIHR- Research for Patient Benefit Committee. 

0191 215 6620


BSc (Hons) MCSP PhD CPsychol

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

  • Chronic pain syndromes in adults and children
  • Fibromyalgia and chronic widespread pain syndromes
  • Chronic musculoskeletal and rheumatological disorders
  • Evidence of effectiveness of rehabilitation interventions for musculsokeletal long term conditions
  • Psychosocial aspects of health and illness

Sponsors and Collaborators

  • Newcastle Foundation Hospitals Trust
  • Arthritis Research UK
  • Newcastle Fibromyalgia Support Group
  • University of Malaga

Current/Recent Projects

  • Management of Pain in Older People, Guidelines Group. British Geriatrics Society 2011
  • Methotrexate knowledge. Arthritis Research UK 2012
  • NIHR-Public Health Research. Physical activity intervention for older people 2013
  • Person centred intervention for fibromyalgia. Newcastle Foundation Hospitals NHS Trust

Key Publications

Sands A and Adams N. Rheumatologist versus patient-initiated follow-up for rheumatoid arthritis (2009) Journal of Pain Management 1, 391-400

Westwater-Wood S, Adams N and Kerry R (2010) The use of proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation in physiotherapy practice. Physical Therapy Reviews 15 (1) 1-7.

Majumdar A, Adams N, Mason L, Wallymahmed A. (2011). Acupuncture for musculoskeletal pain: A survey of UK acupuncturists. J Alt Med Res 3, 103-114

Cuesta-Vargas A and Adams N (2011). A pragmatic community based intervention of multimodal physiotherapy plus deep water running for fibromyalgia.Clinical Rheumatology 30:1455-1462

Cuesta Vargas A, Adams N et al (2012). Deep water running and general practice in primary care for non-specific low back pain versus general practice alone: randomised controlled trial. Clinical Rheumatology 31: 1073-1078

Adams N, Azulla A, Bone M, Jones D, Kraggs R, Martin D, Schofield P. (2013) Guidance on the Management of Pain in Older People. Age and Ageing 42: i1-i157

Connell L and Adams N.  Patients’ experiences and perspectives of somatosensory impairment after stroke.

Physiotherapy  (2013)


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