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Maternal and Child Health



My research aims to improve the health, well-being and provision of clinical services for children and young people with physical disabilities, in particular, those with cerebral palsy.  My work explores the efficacy of therapeutic interventions, the use of measurement tools and service provision for this population, as well as knowledge translation with allied health professionals that work with children with cerebral palsy and their families.

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Dr Kerr is open to MSc/PhD applicants interested in paediatric neurodisability and rehabilitation.

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School of Nursing and Midwifery

Claire Kerr Research Theme Profile

Dr Kerr is a Lecturer in the School of Nursing & Midwifery.







  • British Academy of Childhood Disability-Castang Foundation Fellow in Childhood Neurodisability (2017-2018)
  • Association of Paediatric Chartered Physiotherapists (UK) Neurodisability Specialist Committee Member (2019-)
  • Developed resources for children with cerebral palsy undergoing lower limb orthopaedic surgery and their families
  • Northern Ireland Cerebral Palsy Register selected as one of ten ‘test-bed’ projects for new NIHR Draft Standards for Public Involvement in Research (2018-2019)


Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences

School of Nursing and Midwifery

Maternal and Child Health


Research students

PhD Title: Sleep disturbances in children with cerebral palsy

Name: Mary-Elaine McCavert
Years of Study: 2017-2020
Country: UK

PhD Title: Middle-eastern immigrant parents’ experiences of child health services in Northern Ireland

Name: Nadira Karim
Years of Study: 2016-2019
Country: Iraq

PhD Title: Health visitor interventions for premature babies post discharge from neonatal intensive care

Name: Emma McCall
Years of Study: 2016- (PT)
Country: UK

PhD Title: Evidence-based assessment of practices by allied health practitioners working with children with cerebral palsy

Name: Bridget O’Connor
Years of Study: 2014-2019 (PT)
Country: Australia

Alumni: where are they now?

Dr Karen McConnell

PhD Title: Management of the upper limb in children with cerebral palsy

Years of Study: 2009-2012
Country: UK
Current position: Research Fellow, QUB


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