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Dr Rosie Morris

Assistant Professor

Department: Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation

Rosie Morris

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.


  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • A proposed computer vision model for running gait assessment, Young, F., Mason, R., Moore, J., Stuart, S., Morris, R., Godfrey, A. 11 Jul 2022, 2022 44th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine & Biology Society (EMBC), Piscataway, IEEE
  • Bespoke fuzzy logic design to automate a better understanding of running gait analysis, Young, F., Stuart, S., McNicol, R., Morris, R., Downs, C., Coleman, M., Godfrey, A. 11 Jul 2022, In: IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics
  • Brain activity response to cues during gait in Parkinson’s disease: A study protocol, Vitório, R., Morris, R., Das, J., Walker, R., Mancini, M., Stuart, S. 17 Nov 2022, In: PLoS One
  • Cognition as a mediator for gait and balance impairments in GBA-related Parkinson’s disease, Morris, R., Martini, D., Ramsey, K., Kelly, V., Smulders, K., Hiller, A., Chung, K., Hu, S., Zabetian, C., Poston, K., Mata, I., Edwards, K., Lapidus, J., Cholerton, B., Montine, T., Quinn, J., Horak, F. 20 Jun 2022, In: NPJ Parkinson's Disease
  • Examination of a foot mounted IMU-based methodology for a running gait assessment, Young, F., Mason, R., Wall, C., Morris, R., Stuart, S., Godfrey, A. 6 Sep 2022, In: Frontiers in Sports and Active Living
  • Exploring the feasibility of technological visuo-cognitive training in Parkinson’s: Study protocol for a pilot randomised controlled trial, Das, J., Morris, R., Barry, G., Vitorio, R., Oman, P., McDonald, C., Walker, R., Stuart, S. 7 Oct 2022, In: PLoS One
  • Factors Influencing Habitual Physical Activity in Parkinson’s Disease: Considering the Psychosocial State and Wellbeing of People with Parkinson’s and Their Carers, Mc Ardle, R., Del Din, S., Morris, R., Alcock, L., Yarnall, A., Burn, D., Rochester, L., Lawson, R. 24 Jan 2022, In: Sensors
  • iFall: An instrumented application for falls reporting in Parkinson's disease, Morris, R., Standerline, G., Webster, E., Moore, J., Godfrey, A., Amjad, A. Feb 2022, In: Physiotherapy

  • Julia Das Exploring the feasibility and effects of technological visual training as a potential rehabilitation tool in Parkinson’s Start Date: 15/09/2022
  • Lisa Graham Detecting neurological injury and disease with a novel eye-tracking device Start Date: 15/09/2022
  • Patrick Tait Cortical control of balance in ageing and Parkinson’s disease (PD) using functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) Start Date: 01/10/2022

  • 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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