Dr Kavi Jagadamma (PhD, PgCert, PGDEI, BSc) is a Senior Lecturer in the Dietetics, Nutrition & Biological Sciences, Physiotherapy, Podiatry & Radiography Division. He is also an Associate member of Centre for Health, Activity and Rehabilitation Research and Centre for Person Centred-Practice Research.

  • Overview
  • Research Interests
  • Research Publications
  • Funded Projects
  • Teaching & Learning
  • Activities & Awards

I started my career in a voluntary organisation in India working as a physiotherapist and co-ordinator of early intervention services for at-risk children. This role included co-ordination of family centred early intervention services at two different centres, which supported families from low socioeconomic backgrounds. After three years of working as a practitioner I joined PhD at Queen Margaret University and completed an exploratory study investigating the effects of tuning of ankle foot orthoses and footwear using 3D motion analyses on gait, function and quality of life of children with cerebral palsy. I joined Queen Margaret University as a lecturer in 2010. I am Fellow of Higher Education Academy and is involved in design and delivery of modules at undergraduate and post graduate levels. I am also part of various research activities, predominantly in the area of long term neurological conditions. I am one of the founder directors of Health Design Collective, a community interest company for user-centred product design in health care. I am also Academic Champion for Enterprise and Entrepreneurship for the Division. 

Affiliations/Memberships to Other Organisations:

  • Fellow of Higher Education Academy
  • Member of Indian Association of Physiotherapy
  • Associate Member of Society for Rehabilitation Research

Professional Social Media:

Research/Knowledge Exchange Centre Membership:

I have been involved in design, development and implementation of various research and service development projects focusing on people living with long-term conditions. Some of the projects I have led or been part of include - 

  • Perspectives of stroke survivors on community based exercise
  • Exercise behavior of children with cerebral palsy and their barriers and facilitators to exercise.
  • Effects of a pragmatic community based exercise on gait and function of young adults with cerebral palsy
  • Effects of RaceRunning on Cardiometabolic disease risk factors and functional mobility in young people with Cerebral Palsy
  • Learn-to-Cycle for children with movement disorders
  • Characterisation of foot-drop for people living with Multiple Sclerosis

I am also involved in supervision of Doctoral students (PhD and Professional Doctorate), systematic reviews and development discussion that relate to my areas of active research interests. 

Active Research Interests:

  • Measurement of function and gait with particular interest in 3D motion analysis
  • Facilitating exercise and physical activity in people living with stroke
  • Interventions to improve function and quality of life of people living with long term neurological conditions
  • Rehabilitation technologies
  • Facilitating physical activity participation in children and young people who are living with cerebral palsy

Research Methods:

  • Quantitative study designs to evaluate effectiveness of interventions, reliability and validity of measurements etc.
  • Qualitative methods employing face-to-face interviews and focus groups
  • Systematic reviews
  • Audit and Service evaluation studies


Please see my research publications in eResearch – Queen Margaret University’s repository

Research Grants & Contracts Funding:

Perspectives of stroke survivors on community based exercise, funded by Edinburgh Lothian Health Foundation.

Principal Investigator (2016 -2018)

QMU Innovation fellowship - 2018-2019 and 2020-2021

Multiple small grants for Health Design Collective CIC, a social enterprise for user-centred product design in healthcare


I am currently the Collaborative Academic Lead for MSc Musculoskeletal Medicine programme. I also co-ordinate multiple cross school modules. I enjoy working with students from various countries and have developed modules to support transition into UK higher education. I also have particular interest in decolonising curriculum, embedding enterprise in curriculum and technology enhanced learning. Some of the key areas of my teaching and learning are:

- Enterprise and Entrepreneurship in healthcare practice

- Foundation sciences of physiotherapy practice relevant to human movement and function

- Applied neurosciences relevant to neurological rehabilitation including neuropsychology and principles of motor control and learning

- Audit, service evaluation and research - design and implementation

- Measurement and evaluation for impact in practice

I supervise dissertations at Master's and Undergraduate level on various programmes. I have been involved in design and development of various programmes including Advancing Practice framework, Undergraduate Master of Physiotherapy (MPhys) and MSc Physiotherapy (pre-registration). 


  • As a co-director of social enterprise Health Design Collective, I was Runner-up in the ‘Social Enterprise’ category of Converge Challenge 2018.
  • Recipient of QMU Innovation fellowship in 2018 and 2020