Division: Dietetics, Nutrition & Biological Sciences, Physiotherapy, Podiatry & Radiography

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Chee-Wee Tan (PhD, BSc (Hons), Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council) is a Lecturer in the Dietetics, Nutrition & Biological Sciences, Physiotherapy, Podiatry & Radiography Division. He is also an Associate member of the Centre for Health, Activity and Rehabilitation Research.

  • Overview
  • Research Interests
  • Research Publications
  • Teaching & Learning

I’m a clinical and research physiotherapist who has worked in South East Asia and the UK since 1999. I completed my PhD in 2008 at Queen Margaret University looking at the how persons with chronic pain make decisions about sensation and perceptions. I’ve taught and researched at Queen Margaret University since 2005. I’m currently the Convener of the University’s Research Ethics Panel. I lead, advise and manage the governance, review and organizational matters surrounding research ethics for the entire university. I’m also actively collaborating with academics and clinicians across disciplines to improve and enhance the lives of persons with long term conditions.

Affiliations/Memberships to Other Organisations:

  • World Confederation of Physical Therapy Network for HIV/AIDS
  • Oncology, Hospice and Palliative Care Network: Nominations Director since 2011

Professional Social Media:

Research/Knowledge Exchange Centre Membership:

The theme threading through all my research interests is the exploration of pain and fatigue mechanisms. I’m interested in the multidimensional nature of pain and fatigue and how it impacts on people. The current clinical populations I’m working with are cancer survivors, persons with multiple sclerosis and persons with chronic pain (fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, low back pain etc). I collaborate with clinicians and scientists in an interdisciplinary manner to maximize the impact of research findings. This enriches the experiences of persons with clinical conditions and the researchers themselves. My goal is to benefit persons with clinical conditions through our findings and our interactions with them.

I enjoy mentoring PhD, postgraduate students and younger colleagues to help develop their full potential and to enhance their career aspirations.

Active Research Interests:

  • Pain and fatigue mechanisms and their impact on persons with long term conditions.
  • Interventions to improve quality of life for people living with Multiple Sclerosis
  • Experiences of women who have received treatment for breast cancer, including ways of facilitating physical activity participation.
  • Ways of identifying negative effects of treatment for breast cancer (e.g. lymphoedema), and helping to reduce the risk of their development and reduce their impact on people who are living with them.
  • Biological, cognitive and psychosocial mechanisms of acupuncture

Research Methods:

  • Experimental/clinical pain and fatigue measurement
  • Psychophysical theory & methods
  • Diagnostic test methodology
  • Audit/Service Evaluation and Clinical Improvement studies


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

I train and teach students to become the next generation of dedicated physiotherapists. My particular areas of expertise are oncological and musculoskeletal rehabilitation, pain management and electrophysical agents. My primary topics of interest relate to integrating research and practice. This is reflected in my promotion of clinically-based dissertations at all levels in the physiotherapy subject area. I have supported students on all programmes to publication and presentation regarding their dissertations.  I’m particularly enthusiastic in exploring the pragmatic use of online technologies for learning and teaching.


  • UG Level 1 – Understanding Movement & Function (P1124). Coordinator.
  • UG Level 2 – Neuromusculoskeletal Practice 1 (P2136). Tutor.
  • UG Level 3 - Neuromusculoskeletal Practice 1 (P3126). Tutor.
  • UG Level 4 – Contemporary & Emerging Issues in Physiotherapy Practice (P4145). Tutor.
  • UG Level 4 – Applied Research: Honours Project (P4145). Coordinator.
  • PG – Applied Functional Anatomy (PM073). Coordinator.
  • PG – Neuromusculoskeletal Practice 1 (PM076). Tutor.
  • PG - Neuromusculoskeletal Practice 1 (PM077). Tutor.
  • PG – Current & Emerging Roles within Physiotherapy Practice (PM081). Tutor.
  • PG - Meaningful Clinical Change: Measurement in Practice (PM092). Coordinator.