Lecturer

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

Tel: 0131 474 0000

Dawn Walker is a Lecturer in the Dietetics, Nutrition & Biological Sciences, Physiotherapy, Podiatry & Radiography Division.

  • Overview
  • Research Interests
  • Teaching & Learning
  • Activities & Awards

I have 15 years of clinical experience as a Diagnostic Radiographer. I started my career in 1997 in NHS Fife, where I spent 10 years working in many areas of Radiography.  During that time, I studied at Postgraduate level, training as a Sonographer and working in several areas of Ultrasound. 

In 2007, I moved to NHS Forth Valley, initially working as a Clinical Specialist Sonographer and then progressing to the role of Ultrasound Team Leader.

In 2011, I commenced at Queen Margaret University as a lecturer in Radiography and have progressed within that role. Initially, my input was mainly to teaching and learning on the undergraduate Radiography programmes, however, I now have Programme leadership of several postgraduate programmes, I teach on several school-wide modules and have an involvement in Research, mostly from an ultrasound perspective.

Affiliations/Memberships to Other Organisations:

  • Registered Member of HCPC

My research interests are predominately ultrasound based but cover a range of studies. In 2012, I was involved in the Quality assurance of FMD ultrasound measurement of the brachial artery (PhD study). More recently (2015/2016) I was involved in a study of professional footballers using ultrasound for fitness profiling.  As a sonographer, I scanned the rectus femoris and vastus lateralis muscles of the thigh to obtain muscle thickness measurements and pennation angles.  This data was utilised alongside force measurements and biomechanical studies to obtain a profile of each footballer.  From this, I have developed an interest in sports physiology, which I can hopefully develop with my interest and skill in ultrasound.

Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology;

Cross-sectional Imaging, with a specialist interest in Ultrasound Physics, scan technique and image interpretation;

Governance and professional issues

Inter-professional education, particularly teamwork and Myers Briggs personalities within a team.

Program Leader:

  • MSc Medical Imaging (Ultrasound)
  • MSc Mammography

Teaching:

  • Appraising the Evidence C3014 Conversion Course
  • Introduction to the Human Body (R1018) Level 1 (Co-ordinator)
  • Interprofessional Education (R1046) Level 1
  • Clinical Practice in Diagnostic Imaging (R028/029) Level 2
  • Diagnostic Practice (R3025) Level 3 (Co-ordinator)
  • Clinical Practice in Diagnostic Imaging (R3034) Level 3      
  • Clinical Practice in Diagnostic Imaging (R4033) Level 4     
  • Research Project (R4006) Level 4
  • Breast Ultrasound (RM033)    Pg (Co-ordinator)
  • Musculoskeletal Ultrasound (RM054) Pg (Co-ordinator)
  • Introduction to Radiodiagnostic Imaging (RM051) Masters
  • Fundamentals of Diagnostic Imaging (RM052) Masters
  • Advanced Diagnostic Imaging (RM053) Masters (Co-ordinator)
  • Practice Based Learning (R4022, R4023, R4024, R4025) Masters
  • Research Methods for Health Professionals (PM009) Masters
  • Physics and Instrumentation of Ultrasound (RM070) Masters (Co-ordinator)
  • Professional Issues Related to Medical Imaging (RM071) Masters (Co-ordinator)
  • Musculoskeletal Ultrasound in Clinical Practice (RM074) Masters (Co-ordinator)
  • Obstetric Ultrasound in Clinical Practice (RM072) Masters (Co-ordinator)
  • General Medical Ultrasound in Clinical Practice (RM010) Masters (Co-ordinator)
  • Breast Ultrasound in Clinical Practice (RM073) Masters (Co-ordinator)

Activities are listed below:

 

2011                Validation of MSc Diagnostic Radiography

2015                Validation of BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography

2016                Review and Validation of MSc Diagnostic Radiography

2016                Validation of MSc Medical Imaging

2016                Review and Validation of MSc Mammography