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Dr Dorit Kunkel PhD

Senior Research Fellow, Senior Research Adviser for the RDS

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Dr Dorit Kunkel is a Senior Research Fellow within Health Sciences, University of Southampton. She has clinical experience as a physiotherapist and joined the University of Southampton as an MSc student in 1997 and completed her PhD in 2002. She has specialised in fall prediction, characterisation of fall events in people with stroke and in recent years her work has mainly focused on exploring novel interventions to promote independence and stability among people with stroke and other conditions. Dorit has 15 years’ experience in managing research studies and successful recruitment of participants to research studies and trials.

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Dr Dorit Kunkel joined the Research Design Service South Central team in November 2017 as a Senior Research Adviser. Dorit is a physiotherapist by background with a specialty in neurological rehabilitation and 17 years’ experience in managing mixed methods research studies and trials.

In 1997 Dorit started her MSc part-time and then progressed to a PhD. In this research she explored specific fall-related factors, examined issues surrounding balance and attention using exploratory studies and an experimental design. Dorit successfully completed her PhD in 2002. Her PhD research work led to a funded study on predicting people who are at risk of falls following a stroke.

In 2004 Dorit was appointed as a Senior Research Fellow on the Stroke Association Rehabilitation Research programme which explored recovery and rehabilitation following a stroke. Dorit specialised in fall prediction and characterisation of fall events in people with stroke. In recent years, she was the Principal Investigator on a feasibility randomised controlled trial with an embedded qualitative study exploring dance for Parkinson’s, and  a mixed methods study exploring foot problems and footwear in people with stroke and Parkinson’s. Her current research is focused on exploring novel interventions to promote independence and stability, with the overarching goal of improving the quality of life of people with Parkinson’s and stroke.

Research interests

Falls experienced by people with stroke.
The influence of competing tasks on gait, balance and falls.
Predicting falls in people with stroke.
STARR Programme. Recovery and Rehabilitation following stroke
Stroke rehabilitation

Research group

Active Living and Rehabilitation

Affiliate research group

Primary Care, Population Sciences and Medical Education

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Dr Dorit Kunkel
University of Southampton Health Sciences Building 45 Highfield Southampton SO17 1BJ

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