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Academic Biography

Dr Jonathan Robinson is a Senior Lecturer in Research Methods at Teesside University. He came to work within the School of Health and Life Sciences following the completion of a BSc in Sports Therapy, an MSc in Physiotherapy, and a PhD in Rehabilitation. Jonathan was awarded a Doctoral Scholarship within the University in 2009 and his PhD thesis is titled ' The Effects of Exergaming Technology on Postural Sway, User-Acceptance and Flow Experience in People with Multiple Sclerosis'.

During his PhD Jonathan acted as a physiotherapy researcher on a number of research projects, investigating the effects of textured insoles in people with Multiple Sclerosis.

Jonathan teaches research methods and statistical analysis across a range of clinical programmes such as Nursing, Radiography, Paramedic Practice, Occupational Therapy, Dental Practice, and Physiotherapy, from BSc to Doctoral degrees. Jonathan has a particular interest in the Systematic Review methodology and leads on several modules focused on the completion of Systematic Reviews, as well as delivers internal and external workshops on this process.

Jonathan has been the Postgraduate Tutor in the School of Health and Life Sciences since 2018 - and is responsible for processing PhD applications submitted to the School, supporting current PhD students at annual review, as well as offering pastoral care. Jonathan also sits on the Postgraduate Research Assessment Board.  

In 2023, Jonathan was awarded an 'Outstanding Teaching' award after being nominated by Teesside University students. He was shortlisted from 60 staff nominations across the University. 

Summary of Research Interests

Jonathan's research interests are based around the relatively new concept of exergaming – the use of computer gaming technology as an exercise or rehabilitation tool. Through the completion of his PhD, these interests have extended out to clinical groups; specifically, people with Multiple Sclerosis.

Topics of interest include:

  • Exergaming
  • Virtual rehabilitation
  • Active Video Games or AVGs
  • Exercise in Multiple Sclerosis in general
  • Balance Training

Additional research interests:

  • Clinician Burnout
  • Sleeping Patterns

Academic Responsibilities

 - Module Leader

 - Postgraduate Tutor

External Roles and Professional Activities

 - Advisor for the NIHR Research Design Service North East & North Cumbria (NENC)

External positions

Peer-reviewer for the academic journal Gait & Posture.

Peer-reviewer for the academic journal Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience.

Advisor for the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Research Design Service, North East & North Cumbria (NENC).., NIHR

A member of the Postgraduate Research Assessment Board, Teesside University.

A member of the SHLS Research & Innovation Sub-Committee.

Postgraduate Tutor within the School.

A member of the Research Centre for Rehabilitation.


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