Christina is Professor of Rehabilitation Research in the School of Health Sciences. An occupational therapists by background her clinical career started in the UK where she specialised as a hand therapist. It was during her clinical work with peripheral nerve injuries that she became particularly interested in the assessment of hand sensibility and hand function. This led her to study full-time for a Masters in Rehabilitation Studies at Southampton University before joining the newly established undergraduate programme for occupational therapy and physiotherapy at UEA in 1992. She completed a PhD in 2002 on the clinical assessment of peripheral nerve injuries in the hand. Christina has held a Career Development Fellowship and Senior Research Fellowship from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) through which she has led research programmes aimed at improving outcomes for people with hand sensory disorders including carpal tunnel syndrome.

Christina is an NIHR Training Advocate and leads the Clinical Academic Careers East Hub (CLACEast) which manages the Health Education England regional internship and bridging scheme for nurses, midwifes and allied health professions. 


  Professional Qualifications and professional memberships

  • Diploma of College of Occupational Therapists
  • MSc in Rehabilitation Studies, Southampton University
  • PhD University of East Anglia
  • Member of the British Association of Hand Therapist
  • Member of the British Association of Occupational Therapists
  • Member of the Society for Rehabilitation Research


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