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

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Dr Elaine Coulter (PhD, BSc (Hons), MCSP) is a Lecturer in the Dietetics, Nutrition & Biological Sciences, Physiotherapy, Podiatry & Radiography Division.

  • Overview
  • Research Interests
  • Funded Projects
  • Teaching & Learning

Dr Elaine Coulter trained as a Physiotherapist at Glasgow Caledonian University (2003-2007). Following this she obtained her PhD in 2012, investigating walking and wheelchair physical activity after Spinal Cord Injury, while working clinically in the NHS. Over the next four years Elaine successfully balanced her clinical and research interests while working at University of Ulster, Glasgow Caledonian University, NHS Ayrshire and Arran, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and laterally at the University of Glasgow as a full-time post-doctoral researcher. Elaine continues to work as a Physiotherapist with the Scotland Cerebral Palsy Football Team since 2008.

Affiliations/Memberships to Other Organisations:

  • Honorary Research Fellow, University of Glasgow
  • Member of euRIMS- Mobility SIG
  • Member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy
  • HCPC Registered Physiotherapist

Professional Social Media:

Dr Coulter’s research involves evaluating the effectiveness of rehabilitation strategies and the impact of physical activity and sedentary behavior in a variety of patient groups with long-term conditions, such as Spinal Cord Injury, Multiple Sclerosis, Diabetes, Axial Spondyloarthritis.

Active Research Interests:

  • Development and effectiveness of telerehabilitation to support self-management of long-term conditions (Multiple Sclerosis, Axial Spondyloarthritis, Spinal Cord Injury)
  • Exercise telerehabilitation for Diabetes in the South Asian population
  • Physical activity and sedentary behavior profiles in people with Multiple Sclerosis
  • Effectiveness of physical activity and sedentary behavior interventions in people with Multiple Sclerosis
  • Validity of the activPAL physical activity monitor for people moderately affected by Multiple Sclerosis
  • Use of Physiotherapy and specialist services in people with progressive forms of Multiple Sclerosis
  • High intensity interval training for people with progressive Multiple Sclerosis

Research Methods:

  • Evaluating the effectiveness of therapeutic interventions using quantitative and qualitative methods
  • Systematic reviews
  • Cross-sectional observational
  • Validity and reliability

Research Grants & Contracts Funding:

Paul L, Coulter EH, Freeman J, Weller B, Miller L, Mattison P, McConnachie A, Wu O. Web-based Physiotherapy for People affected by Multiple Sclerosis. Funded by MS Society (2015-2016). Total value: £234,589


Other Funding:

Paul L., McDonald MT., Siebert S., Brandon M., Coulter EH., McConnachie A., Cook D. WEB-based Physiotherapy for people with Axial Spondyloarthritis (WEB-PASS) - a cohort Study. Funded by Arthritis Research UK (2015-2017). Total value: £79,940

Paul L, Coulter EH. Physiotherapy for people with primary progressive MS. Funded by Bevan PhD Studentship (2014-2017). Total value: £64,000

Paul L, Coulter EH. Web-based Physiotherapy for People following a Spinal Cord Injury. Funded by Queen Elizabeth National Spinal Injury Unit (2014-2015). Total value: £10,000

Dr Coulter teaches on a number of undergraduate, pre-registration and post-graduate modules within the fields. I particularly enjoy working with students who come from varied countries and cultures and have a focus on facilitating transitions of neurological and musculoskeletal rehabilitation and advanced clinical skills. Her primary topics of interest relate to complex interventions and integrating research into practice; promoting clinically relevant dissertations and supporting students to publish their work.


  • BSc(Hons) Physiotherapy, P2136, Neuromusculoskeletal Practice 1
  • BSc(Hons) Physiotherapy, P2138, Neurological Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation
  • MSc (pre-registration) Physiotherapy, PM076, Neuromusculoskeletal Studies 1
  • MSc (pre-registration) Physiotherapy, PM078, Neurological Rehabilitation and Physiotherapy
  • MSc (pre-registration) Physiotherapy, PM048, Dissertation supervision
  • MSc Advancing Clinical Practice, PM086, Advancing Clinical Skills