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Dr Katherine Baker

Senior Lecturer

Department: Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation

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Katherine is a senior lecturer in physiotherapy with a clinical background in neurological physiotherapy. After working in a range of clinical areas relating to neurology and care of older people within the NHS, Katherine came to Northumbria University in 2003 to work as part of a European team on a multicentre RCT in Rehabilitation and Parkinson’s disease and completed her PhD in the area of cueing and Parkinson's disease in 2009.

Since then Katherine has been involved in various roles within the faculty including International Development and programme leading and coordinating the revalidation of the BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy programme. Teaching interests align with Katherine’s areas of research with a focus around neurological long term conditions, physical activity and exercise, ageing and person centred care.

Campus Address

Coach Lane Campus West


  • Physiotherapy PhD June 08 2001
  • Physiotherapy BSc (Hons) September 01 1996
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2014

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Move well: design deficits in postural based exergames. What are we missing?, Tahmosybayat, R., Baker, K., Godfrey, A., Caplan, N., Barry, G. 1 Nov 2018, 2018 IEEE Games, Entertainment, Media Conference (GEM), IEEE
  • Pain in Parkinson's disease: the lived experience, Twomey, D., Stuart, S., Baker, K. Jun 2018, In: International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Movements of older adults during exergaming interventions that are associated with the Systems Framework for Postural Control: A systematic review, Tahmosybayat, R., Baker, K., Godfrey, A., Caplan, N., Barry, G. May 2018, In: Maturitas
  • A systematic review and meta-analysis of outcome measures to assess postural control in older adults who undertake exergaming, Tahmosybayat, R., Baker, K., Godfrey, A., Caplan, N., Barry, G. Apr 2017, In: Maturitas
  • Understanding the impact of deep brain stimulation on ambulatory activity in advanced Parkinson’s disease, Rochester, L., Chastin, S., Lord, S., Baker, K., Burn, D. Jun 2012, In: Journal of Neurology
  • Gait variability in Parkinson’s disease: an indicator of non-dopaminergic contributors to gait dysfunction?, Baker, K., Lord, S., Nieuwboer, A., Burn, D., Rochester, L. 2011, In: Journal of Neurology
  • Gait variability in Parkinson’s disease: Impact of dopamine and attention, Baker, K., Lord, S., Rochester, L., Nieuwboer, A. 2011, 14th International Congress of Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders
  • The pattern of habitual sedentary behaviour is different in advanced Parkinson's disease, Chastin, S., Baker, K., Jones, D., Burn, D., Granat, M., Rochester, L. Aug 2010, In: Movement Disorders
  • Evidence for motor learning in Parkinson's disease: acquisition, automaticity and retention of cued gait performance after training with external rhythmical cues, Rochester, L., Baker, K., Hetherington, V., Jones, D., Willems, A., Kwakkel, G., van Wegen, E., Lim, I., Nieuwboer, A. Mar 2010, In: Brain Research
  • Does cueing training improve physical activity in patients with Parkinson's disease?, Lim, I., van Wegen, E., Rochester, L., Nieuwboer, A., Willems, A., Jones, D., Baker, K., Hetherington, V., Kwakkel, G. 2010, In: Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair

PGR Supervision

  • James Manifield Start: 01/10/2018
  • Katherine Jones Start: 01/10/2016
  • Anastasiia Fadeeva Start: 29/06/2018
  • Gemma Bradley Start: 20/08/2014
  • Gemma Bradley “Have they got rehab potential?” – An ethnographic study exploring meaning and evaluations of rehabilitation potential for an older person following an acute admission Start: 20/08/2014
  • Frances Butler Start: 04/12/2017
  • Annette Hand Understanding Carer Strain and its Influence on the Decision Making Process of Care Home Placement for People with Parkinson's - A Mixed Methods Study Start: 23/10/2013


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