Sarah Nicholson

SarahMrs Sarah Nicholson


Stroke Association Junior Research Fellow


BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy, MPH



0131 242 6940


0131 242 6370


Room S1642, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, 51 Little France Crescent, Edinburgh EH16 5NN



I graduated from the Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen in 2007 with a BSc(Hons) in Physiotherapy. I have always had an interest in research, and went on to complete a Masters in Public Health at the University of Dundee, which I completed in 2010. I moved to Edinburgh in 2010 to begin work as a research assistant on a study looking at the feasibility and acceptability of pedometers with stroke survivors. I gained the Stroke Association Junior Research fellowship, which I started in July 2010. During this three-year fellowship I am also training for a PhD.


Ongoing research projects

Development of a behaviour change intervention as a motivational aid to increase physical activity after stroke
This 3 year fellowship encompasses completing a qualitative interview study and systematic review of barriers and motivators to physical activity after stroke, which will influence the development of the behavioural change intervention. The intervention will be designed to facilitate behaviour change by enhancing self-regulatory skills and increasing environmental supports. The proposed complex behavioural change intervention will consist of several components, including a pedometer to record and provide immediate feedback on step counts, a workbook that participants will use to help increase physical activity in a systematic way, professional support from a trained researcher, and family support (if available) to help enable the participants to stick to their plans to increase physical activity and to remain motivated to increase physical activity. I will undertake two pilot studies, an uncontrolled and a controlled pilot, to determine the feasibility and acceptability of the intervention design and then determine feasibility and acceptability of the randomisation design.

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