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Thava Priya Sugavanam


Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Rehabilitation 

I joined NDORMS in April 2017. I will be primarily working on the Overview of systematic reviews and meta-analyses on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT-O). I am currently working on the implementation of the Back Skills Training (iBeST) programme. iBeST focusses on the accessibility and usefulness of the BeST online learning programme for professionals, and how the above training is translated into clinical practice through a service evaluation. My current work also includes a systematic on exercise for rehabilitation of fragility fractures of the lower limb in older adults.

I qualified as a Physiotherapist in 2003 and worked clinically for three years in India. I moved to the UK in 2006 to undertake a Master's degree in Physiotherapy at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh. On completion, I briefly worked clinically before pursuing my PhD at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh. At this time, I worked part time as a Lecturer in Physiotherapy at the same institution. My PhD, awarded in 2015, was a mixed methods study (including a systematic review) that focussed on person centred goal setting for exercise after stroke.

I worked as a Research Assistant at Plymouth University for NIHR South West Peninsula CLAHRC (PenCLAHRC) from 2014 for three years. During this time, I primarily worked on Person Centred Coordinated Care (P3C) project developing and validating a questionnaire (P3CEQ) to tap people's experience of P3C. I also worked on multiple systematic reviews and qualitative research projects.

My interests include goal setting, physical activity, sedentary behaviour and systematic reviews.