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Dr. Louise Johnson PhD, BSc(Hons), Physiotherapy, MCSP

Honorary Research Fellow Consultant Therapist

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My research investigates factors influencing motor learning and recovery following stroke. I am particularly interested utilising an applied movement science during neurological rehabilitation. The main focus of my current research relates to the role of attention during motor learning.

I am keen to learn from knowledge from outside of healthcare, for example from the fields of sports science and psychology, to inform rehabilitation practice for people with stroke. My research is pragmatic and grounded within clinical practice, and involves both qualitative an quantitative methodologies.

I am involved in clinical academic career networks locally, previously acting as programme lead for the Consultant Practitioner Development Programme (Stroke and CVD), hosted by Health Education Wessex. I continue as a mentor on the programme.

I completed my PhD in 2014, and currently hold a Post Doctoral Research Fellowship with Health Education Wessex.


Research interests


My field of expertise is stroke rehabilitation. I am interested in the movement science approach to rehabilitation following stroke, and particularly in the role of attention during learning and recovery.

My PhD investigated the concepts of implicit and explicit learning during early gait rehabilitation post stroke. I currently hold a one year Health Education Wessex Post-Doctoral Fellowship, and am designing a further study to investigate the impact of a reduced attention strategy on motor learning in the acute phase post stroke.

I am committed to developing clinical-academic links, and have supported the development of a strong portfolio of rehabilitation research in my workplace; acting as Principal Investigator for a number of regional and international stroke rehabilitaion studies, as well as supporting the development of local MSc and PhD studies.

In 2012, I was co-applicant for a successful Wessex Innovation Grant (£19911) for a qualitative study “Understanding rehabilitation burden for families of people with stroke in receipt of Early Supported Discharge”.



Research group

Active Living and Rehabilitation

Contributor to undergraduate physiotherapy teaching (neuro module).

Since 2012, I have held the position of Consultant Therapist in Stroke at Royal Bournemouth Hospital. I have clinical responsibility for a large team of physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists and therapy assistants, working across the inpatient and early supported discharge pathway. I provide clinical expertise and consultancy to the team, and lead on quality and innovation within the stroke service.

Dr. Louise Johnson
Stroke Unit, Royal Bournemouth Hospital, Castle Lane East, Bournemouth, BH7 7DW

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