Imperial College London

Dr Caroline Alexander

Faculty of MedicineDepartment of Surgery & Cancer

Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer; Adjunct Reader







Department of PhysiotherapyCharing Cross HospitalCharing Cross Campus





Caroline Alexander is the Lead Clinical Academic for Therapies at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and Adjunct Reader. She has a Motor Control Laboratory situated in the Physiotherapy Department of Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust. She is also a member of the Human Performance group in the Department of Surgery and Cancer led by Alison McGregor (Professor of Musculoskeletal Biodynamics, Surgery & Cancer).

She received her Physiotherapy Professional Qualification in 1987 from Guy’s Hospital School of Physiotherapy,  her MSc in Advanced Physiotherapy and PhD in Physiology from University College London in 1994 and 2002 respectively. She has held a position as a clinical specialist and researcher within the Physiotherapy Department of Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust since 2003.  

Her research interests include investigation of the cortical and reflex control of movement using transcranial magnetic stimulation and electrical stimulation of peripheral nerves. She is particularly interested in the control of movement in healthy people and in people with musculoskeletal problems such as Joint Hypermobility Syndrome and shoulder instability.

She is a member of the Musculoskeletal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists, the Health and Care Professions Council, the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, the Physiological Society and the Society for Neuroscience, and is the Treasurer of the London hub of the Council for Allied Health Professional Research. She is also a Physiotherapy Advocate for the National Institute of Health Research. The Advocates are a cohort of passionate and proactive researchers working both individually and as a group to act as ambassadors for health research careers, promoting the NIHR training and career opportunities and supporting and advocating for non-medical professions and for individuals who wish to begin or continue a research career. See 

She is an NIHR mentor for non-medic clinical academics and supervises BSc, MSc, MRes and PhD projects undertaken at Imperial College and other universities nationally.



Alexander C, Bates A, McGregor A, 2021, Adaptation of balance reactions following anterior perturbations in people with Joint Hypermobility Syndrome, Bmc Musculoskeletal Disorders, ISSN:1471-2474

Clunie G, Roe J, Alexander C, et al., 2021, Voice and swallowing outcomes following airway reconstruction in adults: a systematic review, The Laryngoscope, Vol:131, ISSN:0023-852X, Pages:146-157

Newington L, Alexander CM, Wells M, 2020, What is a clinical academic? Qualitative interviews with healthcare managers, research-active nurses and other research-active healthcare professionals outside medicine., J Clin Nurs

Castro-Sánchez E, CM A, C A, et al., 2020, Evaluation of a personal protective equipment (PPE) support programme ('PPE Helpers') for staff during the COVID-19 pandemic in London, Journal of Hospital Infection, ISSN:0195-6701

Aldera M, Alexander C, McGregor A, 2020, Prevalence and incidence of low back pain in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: a systematic review, Journal of Epidemiology and Global Health, Vol:10, ISSN:2210-6006, Pages:269-275

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