Caroline Alexander is the Lead Clinical Academic for Therapies at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust. She continues to be a Physiotherapy clinician and also has a Motor Control Laboratory situated in the Physiotherapy Department of the hospital. She is an Adjunct Reader and member of the Human Performance group in the Department of Surgery and Cancer at Imperial College London.
Caroline received her Physiotherapy Professional Qualification in 1987 from Guy’s Hospital School of Physiotherapy, her MSc in Advanced Physiotherapy and PhD in Physiology from University College London in 1994 and 2002 respectively. She has held clinical academic positions within the Physiotherapy Department of Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust since 2003.
Her research interests include investigation of the cortical and reflex control of movement using transcranial magnetic stimulation and electrical stimulation of peripheral nerves. She is particularly interested in the control of movement in healthy people and in people with musculoskeletal problems. She recently completed a five year NIHR Senior Clinical Lectureship in 2017 when she studied factors relevant to exercise prescription for people who are hypermobile.
She is a member of the Musculoskeletal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists, the Health and Care Professions Council, the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, the Physiological Society and the Society for Neuroscience, and is the Treasurer of the London hub of the Council for Allied Health Professional Research. She is also a mentor and Physiotherapy Advocate for the National Institute of Health Research. The Advocates are a cohort of passionate and proactive researchers working both individually and as a group to act as ambassadors for health research careers, promoting the NIHR training and career opportunities and supporting and advocating for non-medical professions and for individuals who wish to begin or continue a research career. See http://www.nihr.ac.uk/our-faculty/academic-training-advocates.htm
She supervises BSc, MSc, MRes and PhD projects undertaken at Imperial College and other universities nationally.