Imperial College London

Prof 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 Allied Health Professionals at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and Professor of Practice (Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy). 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 Hypermobility Spectrum Disorder.

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 a founding member of the London hub of the Council for Allied Health Professional Research. She has been a Physiotherapy Advocate for the National Institute of Health Research. 

Prof Alexander 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.



Newington L, Alexander CM, Wells M, et al., 2023, Development of a framework and research impact capture tool for nursing, midwifery, allied health professions, healthcare science, pharmacy and psychology (NMAHPPs), Bmc Health Services Research, Vol:23, ISSN:1472-6963

Clunie G, Belsi A, Roe J, et al., 2023, “Is there something wrong with your voice?” A qualitative study of the voice concerns of people with laryngotracheal stenosis, International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders, Vol:58, ISSN:1368-2822, Pages:376-389

Newington L, Alexander C, Kirby P, et al., 2022, Reflections on contributing to health research: A qualitative interview study with research participants and patient advisors, Plos One, Vol:17, ISSN:1932-6203

Clunie G, Anderson C, Hughes C, et al., 2022, “A major quality of life issue”: A survey-based analysis of the experiences of adults with laryngotracheal stenosis with mucus and cough, Annals of Otology, Rhinology and Laryngology, Vol:131, ISSN:0003-4894, Pages:962-970


Woodbridge H, Alexander C, Jones M, et al., 2022, Exploring the barriers to early physical rehabilitation and investigating its safety in critically ill patients receiving vasoactive drugs. Rising Star - ICS Gold Medal., Intensive Care Society State of the Art 2021 Congress, SAGE Publications

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