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Dr Rosie Morris

Senior Lecturer

Department: Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation

Rosie Morris

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

My research focuses on the relationship between mobility (including gait, turning, balance and falls) and cognition in older adults and people with neurological condictions (e.g. Parkinson’s disease, Dementia etc.), and the importance of this relationship to clinical practice; particularly Physiotherapy. To conduct my research and understand the relationships involved I use novel digital technologies that could be applied within clinical practice in the future. Ultimately, my research aims to develop new understanding of neurological impairment and enhance clinical assessment and rehabilitation. 


I completed my NIHR funded doctoral research at Newcastle University, which focused on gait as a biomarker for cognitive decline in people with Parkinson’s disease with additional work focusing on the gait-cognition relationship in people with PD in the ‘real-world’ environment. I completed a postdoctoral training year at Newcastle University working on a project that focused on non-invasive vagus nerve stimulation as an intervention to increase cholinergic output and how this related to gait and cognition performance. Following this I became a postdoctoral fellow at Oregon Health and Science University (USA), where my main focus was on a large NIH-funded national study (Pacific-UDALL) assessing the role of Parkinson’s disease genotype and how this influences the gait-cognition relationship.


Key Publications

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  • Cholinergic Basal Forebrain Volumes Predict Gait Decline in Parkinson's Disease, Wilson, J., Yarnall, A., Craig, C., Galna, B., Lord, S., Morris, R., Lawson, R., Alcock, L., Duncan, G., Khoo, T., O'Brien, J., Burn, D., Taylor, J., Ray, N., Rochester, L. 1 Mar 2021, In: Movement Disorders
  • Relationship between Sensorimotor Inhibition and Mobility in Older Adults with and without Parkinson's Disease, Martini, D., Morris, R., Madhyastha, T., Grabowski, T., Oakley, J., Hu, S., Zabetian, C., Edwards, K., Hiller, A., Chung, K., Ramsey, K., Lapidus, J., Cholerton, B., Montine, T., Quinn, J., Horak, F. 1 Apr 2021, In: Journals of Gerontology - Series A Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences
  • Validation of an inertial-based contact and swing time algorithm for running analysis from a foot mounted IoT enabled wearable, Young, F., Stuart, S., Morris, R., Downs, C., Coleman, M., Godfrey, A. 16 Jul 2021, 43rd Annual International Conference of the IEEE-EMBS, Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
  • Acupuncture for whiplash-associated disorder following road traffic collision: a physiotherapy service evaluation, Stuart, S., Armstrong, M., Sewell, J., Dixon, C., Morris, R. 1 Aug 2020, In: Acupuncture in Medicine
  • Cognitive function in people with and without freezing of gait in Parkinson’s disease, Morris, R., Smulders, K., Peterson, D., Carlson-Kuhta, P., Mancini, M., Nutt, J., Horak, F. Dec 2020, In: NPJ Parkinson's Disease
  • Effects of the agility boot camp with cognitive challenge (ABC-C) exercise program for Parkinson's disease, Jung, S., Hasegawa, N., Mancini, M., King, L., Carlson-Kuhta, P., Smulders, K., Peterson, D., Barlow, N., Harker, G., Morris, R., Lapidus, J., Nutt, J., Horak, F. 1 Dec 2020, In: npj Parkinson's Disease
  • Gait measurement in chronic mild traumatic brain injury: A model approach, Stuart, S., Parrington, L., Morris, R., Martini, D., Fino, P., King, L. 1 Feb 2020, In: Human Movement Science
  • Gait Progression Over 6 Years in Parkinson’s Disease: Effects of Age, Medication, and Pathology, Wilson, J., Alcock, L., Yarnall, A., Lord, S., Lawson, R., Morris, R., Taylor, J., Burn, D., Rochester, L., Galna, B. 15 Oct 2020, In: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
  • Lateralized Connectivity between Globus Pallidus and Motor Cortex is Associated with Freezing of Gait in Parkinson's Disease, Miranda-Domínguez, Ó., Ragothaman, A., Hermosillo, R., Feczko, E., Morris, R., Carlson-Kuhta, P., Nutt, J., Mancini, M., Fair, D., Horak, F. 1 Sep 2020, In: Neuroscience

Professional Activity


  • Neurosciences PhD May 30 2017
  • Physiotherapy MSc January 01 2013
  • Neurosciences BSc (Hons) June 01 2010
  • Member Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) 2019

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