Dr. Joseph McVeigh PRS Executive Committee

Dr. Joseph McVeigh is Head of Discipline of Physiotherapy at University College Cork (UCC).

Dr Joseph McVeigh
Dr. Joseph McVeigh

Before joining UCC Joseph was a member of faculty at Ulster University where he was Course Director of the BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy and the MSc Sport and Exercise Medicine programmes.

He obtained a BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy from Ulster University in 1992 and he was employed in the NHS as a staff grade then senior physiotherapist, specialising in the rehabilitation of long-term musculoskeletal conditions.

In 1999 Dr. McVeigh was appointed to one of the first joint clinical-academic posts in physiotherapy in the Northern Ireland, and he was was subsequently appointed as a Lecturer in Physiotherapy at Ulster University in 2003.

He was awarded a Fellowship (2013) and Senior Fellowship (2016) of the Higher Education Academy and has acted as External Examiner at St George’s University of London and Manchester Metropolitan University.

Joseph has more than 15 years research experience investigating the effectiveness of physiotherapy interventions in people with long-term conditions, and has published extensively exploring non-pharmacological interventions in chronic musculoskeletal disease, focusing on improvements in quality of life and physical activity. 

His initial area of research was chronic pain and fibromyalgia syndrome, although this has now expanded to include a range of long-term conditions. Dr McVeigh has research experience across a range of methodologies including systematic reviews and meta-analyses, randomised controlled trials and has conducted a number of studies using qualitative and survey methodologies. He has more the 130 research outputs including 50 peer reviewed papers.

Dr. McVeigh was Editor-in-Chief of Physiotherapy Practice and Research (2009 -2019) and is presently Section Editor for Archives of Rehabilitation Research and Clinical Translation, the open access sister journal of Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

He is a peer reviewer for multiple journals, and a member of The World Association of Medical Journal Editors and a member of The International Society of Physiotherapy Journal Editors and he is keen to support emerging researchers in physiotherapy has been an invited PhD External Examiner for PhD students in the University of Seville, the University of Granada, Stellenbosch University, Keele University, University of Limerick and Northumbria University.  He is currently supervising nine PhD students.

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