Imperial College London

Dr Caroline Alexander

Faculty of MedicineDepartment of Surgery & Cancer

Professor of Practice (Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy)







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.



Bates A, McGregor A, Alexander C, 2021, Comparing sagittal plane kinematics and kinetics of gait and stair climbing between hypermobile and non-hypermobile people; a cross-sectional study, Bmc Musculoskeletal Disorders, Vol:22, ISSN:1471-2474, Pages:1-9

Newington L, Wells M, Adonis A, et al., 2021, A qualitative systematic review and thematic synthesis exploring the impacts of clinical academic activity by healthcare professionals outside medicine, Bmc Health Services Research, Vol:21, ISSN:1472-6963

Clunie GM, Belsi A, Roe JWG, et al., 2021, Not just dyspnoea: swallowing as a concern for adults with laryngotracheal stenosis undergoing airway reconstruction, Dysphagia, ISSN:0179-051X

Kennedy DL, Vollert J, Ridout D, et al., 2021, The responsiveness of quantitative sensory testing-derived sensory phenotype to disease-modifying intervention in patients with entrapment neuropathy: a longitudinal study, Pain, ISSN:0304-3959, Pages:1-1

Bates A, McGregor A, Alexander C, 2021, Adaptation of balance reactions following anterior perturbations in people with Joint Hypermobility Syndrome, Bmc Musculoskeletal Disorders, Vol:22, ISSN:1471-2474

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