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Academic Biography

Professor Martin is a Professor of Rehabilitation and Director of the Centre for Rehabilitation Sciences. He graduated from the University of Ulster in 1988 with a BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy. He was awarded his DPhil from the University of Ulster in 1993 and received an MSc Applied Statistics from Napier University in 2000.

Before coming to Teesside in 2006 he was a Principal Research Fellow in the Centre for Health and Social Care Research at Sheffield Hallam University. Before that, Professor Martin was a Director of the Scottish Network for Chronic Pain Research and Award Coordinator of the MSc Pain at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh.

Professor Martin is an experienced supervisor of postgraduate degrees including eight PhD completions in the area of pain and disability. He is also Vice chair of the Pain and Older People Special Interest Group of the British Pain Society and is Section Editor in Rehabilitation for the Journal of Pain Management. He holds membership of the International Association for the Study of Pain, the British Pain Society, the Physiotherapy Pain Association, and was previously Chair of the Scientific Panel of the Charitable Trust of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.

Professor Martin is also Chair of Pain Association Scotland, a not-for-profit organisation that provides training and support of self-managing of chronic pain.

Summary of Research Interests

Professor Martin’s research interests lie in assessing and managing the impact of pain and disability, in which he has published widely and led or collaborated on many projects. These include exploring the experiences of people with chronic pain for the development of the chronic pain module for the DIPEx website, and the development of a community-based management of chronic pain with Pain Association Scotland.

His work includes pain and older people, the application of digital technology to augment rehabilitation, and the use of footwear in rehabilitation. His projects have received around £2m funding from bodies including the Research for Patient Benefit Programme, the ESRC, the National Lotteries Charities Board, the Chief Scientist Office in Scotland, the Health Foundation, the Physiotherapy Research Foundation and the British Geriatrics Society.

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Research Output

Balance Impairment in individuals with COPD: A Systematic Review with Meta-Analysis

Loughran, K., Atkinson, G., Beauchamp, M., Dixon, J., Martin, D., Rahim, S. & Harrison, S., 10 Mar 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Thorax.

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  • Inter-individual differences in the responses to pain neuroscience education in adults with chronic musculoskeletal pain: A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials.

    Watson, J., Ryan, C., Atkinson, G., Williamson, P., Elington, D., Whittle, R., Dixon, J. & Martin, D., 25 Apr 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Pain. p. 1-38 38 p.

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  • An exploration of the experiences and educational needs of patients with Failed Back Surgery Syndrome receiving spinal cord stimulation.

    Ryan, C., Eldabe, S., Chadwick, R., Jones, S., Button, H., Brookes, M. E. & Martin, D., 11 Apr 2019, In : Neuromodulation. 22, 3, p. 295-301 7 p.

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    Press / Media

    DigitalCity driver behind £174m tech economy

    Denis Martin


    2 items of Media coverage

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    Three new PhD studentships at Teesside University

    Alan Batterham, Alison Innerd, Louisa Ells, Cormac Ryan, Liane Azevedo & Denis Martin


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    Collaborative project will help patients to self-manage back pain

    Sharon Hamilton, Cormac Ryan, Denis Martin & Shaun Wellburn


    4 items of Media coverage

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    The effect of textured surfaces on postural sway and lower limb muscle activity during quiet standing in healthy young and older adults

    Author: Hatton, A. L., 12 Nov 2010

    Supervisor: Dixon, J. (Supervisor), Rome, K. (External person) (Supervisor) & Martin, D. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


    Exergaming acceptance and experience in healthy older people and older people with musculoskeletal pain.

    Author: Khoo, Y., 7 Feb 2014

    Supervisor: Martin, D. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


    Exploring everyday functioning in older adults with chronic pain: New insights with new technology

    Author: Wilson, G., 17 Sep 2014

    Supervisor: Martin, D. (Supervisor), Jones, D. (External person) (Supervisor) & Schofield, P. (External person) (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis