Meet the Students

Current PhD Students

Phillip Smith (PhD Student Rep)

Training Intensity Distribution & Periodisation in Road Cyclists

Supervised by Dr Nicolas Berger & Dr Jonathan Taylor


I previously completed my BSc & MSc at Teesside, including a period as an intern at Middlesbrough F.C. Most of my previous work has been related to cycling performance, both in research, and in practice as a coach. My PhD will examine long-term training structure with the aim of improving race performance by manipulating training load.  

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Nathan Skidmore

Virtual Reality for the management of Persistent Pain

Supervised by Prof. Denis Martin, Prof. Cormac Ryan and Dr Jagjit Mankelow


Having completed an MSc at TU in Sports Therapy and Rehab in 2018, I became a British Association of Sports Rehabilitators (BASRaT) registered therapist. I have worked with both professional and semi-professional sports clubs alongside working as a private practitioner working with patients with musculoskeletal conditions. Having reduced my workload associated with primary care, I now work as a research assistant with the European Federation of Pain, supporting the delivery of pain science education and international projects associated with the creation and dissemination of pain related science.

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Kathryn Carruthers

Parenting Through A Porthole: Exploring the experiences of parents of preterm infants prior to and during the COVID-19 pandemic through an occupational lens

Supervised by Dr Dorothy Hannis, Dr Jonathan Robinson and Dr Alan Armstrong


I am a HCPC registered Occupational Therapist with a professional background in paediatrics and special interest in neonatal care. My research interests are also aligned to these fields. I have a particular interest in premature labour and birth following my own personal lived experience and prior professional work. I also have an interest in creative dissemination methods as I am dual trained in the creative arts (photography/videography specialism with an interest in illustration) and I am a co-director of a creative business (CARRO Studio) in this field. 

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