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Denise McGrath

Lecturer/Assistant Professor

School Of Public Hlth, Phys & Sports Sci
Woodview House
Belfield
Dublin 4

Tel: 017163453
Email: denise.mcgrath@ucd.ie

Biography

Dr. Denise McGrath adopts a 'systems thinking' approach to her role as an academic. She believes that integration of diverse backgrounds and perspectives is the only way to truly understand societal challenges, and to realise solutions. She therefore embraces interdisciplinarity in both education and research as a conduit for creative thinking and innovation. Her applied health-related research focuses on maximising quality of life and well-being across the lifespan. She has accrued valuable experience working at the interface of healthcare, industry, academia and community groups in the creation of clinically valid, effective, 'Connected Health' based solutions. Dr. McGrath is also engaged in fundamental science. She is seeking to understand the nonlinear complexities that govern the interactions between humans and their internal/external environments, and whether or not this can be harnessed and translated to the field of rehabilitation science. Her research in the sporting domain leverages her understanding of innovative technologies and analysis techniques applied to micro and macro movement, with the ultimate goal of enhancing sports performance.

Dr. McGrath has recently returned from Harvard University, where she spent time as a visiting researcher under the Fulbright Scholarship programme (2015-2016). She has also recently been appointed to the position of Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Department of Biomechanics, University of Nebraska, Omaha. She is currently Programme Coordinator of the Health and Performance Science undergraduate degree programme at the School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sports Science. She has worked as a Lecturer in Exercise Science since 2012. She also spent a period of almost three years working in full-time research positions, both at home and in the United States, focusing on novel analyses of gait and posture in older adults. She undertook her doctoral studies in UCD in Human Movement (2010), her M.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Limerick (2003), and her B.Sc. in Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Limerick (2000). She has also pursued additional qualifications in University Teaching and Learning, Project Management, Strength and Conditioning and Bodywork therapies and has worked professionally in healthcare and sports settings. 

Professional

Honours and Awards

Year: 2015.
Title: Fulbright Award
Year: 2016.
Title: Adjunct Assistant Professor
Year: 2006.
Title: Ad Astra Postgraduate Scholar

Associations

Association: Performance Analysis Interest Group, Irish Institute of Sport and Sports Institute Northern Ireland, Function/Role: Member
Association: National Strength and Conditioning Association, Function/Role: Member
Association: British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences, Function/Role: Member
     

Conference Contributions

Molly, M; McGrath, D; Wallace, ES (2015) A Comparison of Natural Knee and Total Knee Arthroplasty Golfers. [Oral Presentation], 20th Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science, Malmo , 24-JUN-15 - 27-FEB-16.
McGrath, D (2015) [Invited Oral Presentation], Braintalk Parkinson's meeting, Cork , 07-SEP-15 - 07-SEP-15.
McGrath, D; Breslin, G (2014) Multidisciplinary Project Teamwork with Industry:students' perspectives. [Oral Presentation], Centre for Higher Education Research and Practice Annual Conference, Jordanstown , 23-JAN-14 - 23-JAN-14.
Hough, ML; Myers, SA; Harrison, SJ; Wurdeman, SR; McGrath, D; Stergiou, N (2014) Improving Elderly Gait Using a Structured Auditory Stimulus. [Poster Presentation], 7th World Congress of Biomechanics, Boston , 06-JUL-14 - 11-JUL-14.
Morrison, A; McGrath, D; Wallace, ES (2013) Golf coaching-biomechanics interface: starting with the coach. [Oral Presentation], 18th Annual Conference of the European College of Sport Science, Barcelona , 26-JUN-13 - 29-JUN-13.
McGrath, D; Greene, BR; Sheehan, K; Kenny, RA; Caulfield, B (2013) Day-to-day variability of home-based measures of postural sway in older adults. [Oral Presentation], 37th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Biomechanics, Omaha , 04-SEP-13 - 07-SEP-14.
Yentes, JM; Hunt, N; Schmid, KK; Kaipust, JP; McGrath, D; Stergiou, N (2013) Sample entropy outperforms approximate entropy with small data sets. [Oral Presentation], 37th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Biomechanics, Omaha , 04-SEP-13 - 07-SEP-13.
Davidson, AJ; Vallabhajosula, S; Tan, CW; Mukherjee, M; Siu, KC; Yentes, JM; McGrath, D; Myers, SA (2012) Impact of dual-tasking on lower joint dynamics during stair ascension. [Poster Presentation], 36th Annual meeting of the American Society of Biomechanics, Gainesville , 15-AUG-12 - 18-AUG-12.
Cutler, EL; Wurdeman, SR; Huisinga, JH; McGrath, D; Myers, SA; Stergiou, N (2012) Margin of stability as a metric for balance impairment in multiple sclerosis. [Poster Presentation], 36th Annual meeting of the American Society of Biomechanics, Gainesville , 15-AUG-12 - 18-AUG-12.
Hunt, N; Haworth, JL; McGrath, D; Myers, SA; Stergiou, N (2012) Manipulation of the structure of gait variability with rhythmic auditory stimulus. [Oral Presentation], 36th Annual meeting of the American Society of Biomechanics, Gainesville , 15-AUG-12 - 18-AUG-12.
McGrath D, Wurdeman SR, Yentes JM, Hunt N, Myers SA, Stergiou N. (2012) Energy cost of maintaining balance during a perturbed gait task is related to gait variability. [Poster Presentation], 36th Annual meeting of the American Society of Biomechanics, Gainsville , 15-AUG-12 - 18-AUG-12.
Yentes, JM; Wurdeman, SR; Pipinos, II; Johanning, JM; McGrath, D; Myers, SA (2012) Positive ankle work is affected by peripheral arterial disease. [Poster Presentation], 36th Annual meeting of the American Society of Biomechanics, Gainesville , 15-AUG-12 - 18-AUG-12.
McGrath, D; Patterson, M; Caulfield, B (2011) Higher incidence of fatigue-induced asymmetrical between-limb strategies in Chronic Ankle Instability (CAI). [Poster Presentation], 16th Annual Conference of the European College of Sport Science, Liverpool , 06-JUL-11 - 09-JUL-14.
McGrath, D; Caulfield B. (2010) Evaluation of a Novel Functional Fatigue Protocol. [Poster Presentation], 18th Congress of the International Society of Electrophysiology and Kinesiology, Aalborg , 16-JUN-10 - 19-OCT-10.
McGrath, D; Caulfield, B (2010) Fatigue: a case for single subject analysis. [Poster Presentation], 15th Annual Conference of the European College of Sport Science, Antalya , 23-JUN-10 - 26-JUN-10.
Delahunt E, Crognale D, Green B, Lonsdale C, McGrath D.; (2009) Acute effects of whole-body vibration on knee joint drop landing kinematics and dynamic postural stability. [Oral Presentation], International Society of Biomechanics in Sports Annual Scientific Meeting, University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland , 17-AUG-09 - 21-AUG-09.

Committees

Committee : Dietitians Registration Board, CORU
Committee : Health Promoting University Working Group
   

Languages

French:
   

Journals Edited

Sports Medicine: Reviewer.
Scientific Reports: Editorial Board member.
Journal Of Sports Sciences: Reviewer.
Annals Of Biomedical Engineering: Reviewer.
Sensors: Reviewer.
Journal Of Applied Biomechanics: Reviewer.
Gerontology: Reviewer.
European Journal Of Applied Physiology: Reviewer.
Journal Of Physical Activity And Ageing: Reviewer.
Plos One: Reviewer.
Laterality: Reviewer.
Ieee Transactions On Rehabilitation Engineering : A Publication Of The Ieee Engineering In Medicine And Biology Society: Reviewer.
Journal Of Neuroengineering And Rehabilitation: Reviewer.
Ieee Transactions On Biomedical Engineering: Reviewer.
Journal Of Biomechanics: Reviewer.
 

Publications

 

Book Chapters

McGrath, D (2016) 'Fractals' In: Stergiou, N (eds). Nonlinear Analysis for Human Movement Variability. Boca Raton: CRC Press. [Details]
 

Peer Reviewed Journals

Stergiou, N; Kent, JA; McGrath, D (2016) 'Human Movement Variability and Aging'. Kinesiology Review, The Academy Papers 5 (1):15-22. [Details]
Morrison, A; McGrath,D; Wallace, ES (2016) 'Motor abundance and control structure in the golf swing'. Human Movement Science, 46 :129-147. [Details]
McGrath, D; Greene, BR; Sheehan, K; Walsh, L; Kenny, RA; Caulfield, B (2015) 'Stability of daily home-based measures of postural control over an 8-week period in highly functioning older adults'. European Journal of Applied Physiology, 115 (2):437-449. [Details]
Thompson, P; Nilsson,D; Boyce, K; McGrath, D (2015) 'Evacuation models are running out of time'. Fire Safety Journal, 78 :251-261. [Details]
Hunt, N; McGrath, D; Stergiou, N (2014) 'The Influence of auditory-motor coupling on fractal dynamics in human gait'. Scientific Reports, 4 (5879). [Details]
Doheny EP, McGrath D, Ditroilo M, Mair JL, Greene BR, Caulfield B, De Vito G, Lowery MM (2013) 'Effects of a low-volume, vigorous intensity step exercise program on functional mobility in middle-aged adults'. Annals of Biomedical Engineering, 41 (8):1748-1757. [DOI] [Details]
Yentes, JM; Hunt, N; Schmid, KK; Kaipust, JP; McGrath, D; Stergiou, N (2013) 'The appropriate use of approximate entropy and sample entropy with short data sets'. Annals of Biomedical Engineering, 41 (2):349-365. [Details]
Kaipust, JP; McGrath, D; Mukherjee, M; Stergiou, N (2013) 'Gait variability is altered in older adults when listening to auditory stimuli with differing temporal structures'. Annals of Biomedical Engineering, 41 (8):1595-1603. [Details]
McGrath, D. and Greene, B.R. and Oâ¿¿Donovan, K.J. and Caulfield, B. (2012) 'Gyroscope-based assessment of temporal gait parameters during treadmill walking and running'. Sports Engineering, :1-7. [Details]
McGrath, D; Pipinos, II; Johanning, J; Myers, SA (2012) 'Peripheral Arterial Disease affects the frequency content of ground reaction force'. Clinical Biomechanics, 27 (10):1058-1063. [Details]
Greene, BR,McGrath, D,Walsh, L,Doheny, EP,McKeown, D,Garattini, C,Cunningham, C,Crosby, L,Caulfield, B,Kenny, RA (2012) 'Quantitative falls risk estimation through multi-sensor assessment of standing balance'. Physiological Measurement, 33 :2049-2063. [DOI] [Details]
Greene, BR,Foran, TG,McGrath, D,Doheny, EP,Burns, A,Caulfield, B (2012) 'A Comparison of Algorithms for Body-Worn Sensor-Based Spatiotemporal Gait Parameters to the GAITRite Electronic Walkway'. Journal of Applied Biomechanics, 28 :349-355. [Details]
McGrath, D,Greene, BR,Walsh, C,Caulfield, B; (2011) 'Estimation of minimum ground clearance (MGC) using body-worn inertial sensors'. Journal of Biomechanics, 44 :1083-1088. [DOI] [Details]
Greene, B.R. and McGrath, D. and Oâ¿¿Neill, R. and Oâ¿¿Donovan, K.J. and Burns, A. and Caulfield, B. (2010) 'An adaptive gyroscope-based algorithm for temporal gait analysis'. Medical and Biological Engineering and Computing, 48 (12):1251-1260. [Details]

Other Journals

Morrison, A; McGrath, D; Wallace, E (2014) 'Changes in Club Head Trajectory and Planarity Throughout the Golf Swing' Procedia Engiineering 72 :144-149. [Details]

Conference Publications

Egan, S; Brama, P; McGrath D (2016) Leveraging Advances in Human Gait Analysis for Application in the Field of Equine Science: A Scoping Review 8th International Conference on Canine and Equine Locomotion [Details]
Egan,S; Cahill,A; Gilsenan,J; Keating,R; McGrath, D (2015) Evaluation of Adaptive Gait Capabilities Should Be Included in Falls Risk Assessment 24th Annual Meeting of the European Society for Movement Analysis in Adults and Children [Details]
Thompson,P; Nilsson,D; Boyce,K; Molloy, M; McGrath, D (2015) Exploring the biomechanics of walking and crowd flow 6th International Human Behaviour in Fire Conference [Details]
Greene, BR; McGrath, D; Caulfield, B (2014) A comparison of cross-sectional and prospective algorithms for falls risk assessment Medicine and Biology in Engineering and Computing (EMBC) 2014 Annual Conference of the IEEE [Details]
McGrath, D. and Doheny, E.P. and Walsh, L. and McKeown, D. and Cunningham, C. and Crosby, L. and Kenny, R.A. and Stergiou, N. and Caulfield, B. and Greene, B.R. (2012) Taking balance measurement out of the laboratory and into the home: Discriminatory capability of novel centre of pressure measurement in fallers and non-fallers Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC), 2012 Annual International Conference of the IEEE , pp.3296-3299 [Details]
Doheny, E.P. and McGrath, D. and Greene, B.R. and Walsh, L. and McKeown, D. and Cunningham, C. and Crosby, L. and Kenny, R.A. and Caulfield, B. (2012) Displacement of centre of mass during quiet standing assessed using accelerometry in older fallers and non-fallers Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC), 2012 Annual International Conference of the IEEE , pp.3300-3303 [Details]
McGrath, D. and Greene, B.R. and Doheny, E.P. and McKeown, D.J. and De Vito, G. and Caulfield, B. (2011) Reliability of quantitative TUG measures of mobility for use in falls risk assessment Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC, 2011 Annual International Conference of the IEEE , pp.466-469 [Details]
Walsh, L. and Greene, B.R. and McGrath, D. and Burns, A. and Caulfield, B. (2011) Development and validation of a clinic based balance assessment technology Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC, 2011 Annual International Conference of the IEEE , pp.1327-1330 [Details]
Greene, B.R. and McGrath, D. and Foran, T.G. and Doheny, E.P. and Caulfield, B. (2011) Body-worn sensor based surrogates of minimum ground clearance in elderly fallers and controls Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC, 2011 Annual International Conference of the IEEE , pp.6499-6502 [Details]
Patterson, M. and McGrath, D. and Caulfield, B. (2011) Using a tri-axial accelerometer to detect technique breakdown due to fatigue in distance runners: A preliminary perspective Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC, 2011 Annual International Conference of the IEEE , pp.6511-6514 [Details]
Greene, B.R. and McGrath, D. and O'Donovan, K.J. and O'Neill, R. and Burns, A. and Caulfield, B. (2010) Adaptive estimation of temporal gait parameters using body-worn gyroscopes Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC), 2010 Annual International Conference of the IEEE , pp.1296-1299 [Details]
Bennis C, McGrath D, Coghlan N, Knapp B, Caulfield B. ; (2010) A Common Awareness and Knowledge Platform for Studying and Enabling Independent Living Pervasive Health 2010 Conference (AGEMAP Workshop), Munich, Germany, March 2010 [Details]
McGrath, D., Greene, B, O¿Donovan, K.J, Caulfield, B. ; (2010) The use of SHIMMER to detect stride time in running gait 8th Conference of the International Sports Engineering Association, Vienna, July 2010 [Details]
O Donovan K, Greene B, McGrath D, O'Neill R, Burns A, Caulfield B ; (2009) SHIMMER: A new tool for temporal gait analysis 31st Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society Conference [Details]
                                                                                                                                       

Research

Research Interests

  • Ageing
  • Nonlinear patterns in human behaviour; the relationship with adaptability
  • Exercise in Parkinson's Disease
  • Connected Health
  • Patient-centered Research
  • Human Movement and Rehabilitation
  • Analysis of Sports Performance (Human and Equine)
  • Enhancement of Sports Performance (Human and Equine)
  • Innovative Technologies 
  • Movement Dynamics during Evacuation



Previously Funded Research Projects:
 
UCD Research Studentship
Adaptability: Can we connect the dots? 
Sponsor: Institute for Sport and Health
Role: Principle Investigator
¿24,000; 2014-2015

EU Joint Programming Initiative: A Healthy Diet for a Healthy Life, (DEDIPAC)
State-of-the-art in contextual physical activity monitoring
Sponsor: Medical Research Council, UK
Role: Principle Investigator
£9,700; 2013 

European Cooperation in Science and Technology, EU (COST Trans-domain pilot)
European Network for the Joint Evaluation of Connected Health Technologies
Sponsor: EU 
Role: Secondary Proposer
2014

University of Nebraska at Omaha, USA (Faculty Research International Grant)
A USA-Ireland partnership to promote research in the area of rehabilittation
Sponsor: 
University of Nebraska at Omaha
Role: Co-investigator
$5,000; January 2014

Major Research Instrument; 
Acquisition of ETG-4000 24 Channel Optical Topography System for Research, Training and Outreach Activities.
Sponsor: 
National Science Foundation, USA 
Role: Co-Investigator
 
$235,000; Sept 2012

UNEMED Proof of Concept
Use of Gait Analysis to Assess the Likelihood of Falls in At-Risk Populations
Role: Co-investigator
Sponsor: 
University of Nebraska Medical Centre 
$100,000 Sept 2012

Industry-led Project
2-year project: Home and clinic-based falls risk assessment of gait and balance in the elderly.
Sponsor: Intel 
Role: Co-proposer
Nov 2011 

Research Projects

Sponsor : University College Dublin (UCD)
Title : Novel sensing technology applied to equine gait analysis, leveraging lessons from the human perspective
Start Date / End Date : 01-AUG-16 / 31-JAN-18
Sponsor : Enterprise Ireland (EI)
Title : MSCA ITN - Integrative Medicine Progress in Europe: Time for us to Act (IMPETUS-ACT)
Start Date / End Date : 20-OCT-16 / 20-JUL-17
Sponsor : University College Dublin (UCD)
Title : OBRSS Research Support Scheme
Start Date / End Date : 01-NOV-16 / 31-OCT-19
Sponsor : Irish Research Council (IRC)
Title : Leveraging Novel Insights from Human Movement Analysis to Revolutionise Equine Athletic Training and Health
Start Date / End Date : 01-OCT-17 / 30-SEP-19
Sponsor : University College Dublin (UCD)
Title : Taking the lead in response to need: A model for community-based learning through research at UCD
Start Date / End Date : 01-FEB-17 / 31-AUG-18
Sponsor : Renew Health Ltd
Title : Interaction of Renew external counter pulsation therapy with neuromuscular function, fatigue and biomarkers of muscle damage in a sports population
Start Date / End Date : 04-SEP-17 / 03-SEP-18
Sponsor : Irish Research Council (IRC)
Title : A community-based exercise programme for Parkinson¿s Disease: capturing the holy grail of exercise adherence using a mixed-methods approach (Better PD)
Start Date / End Date : 01-MAR-16 / 30-AUG-17
Sponsor : Irish Research Council (IRC)
Title : Performance Analysis in Professional Irish Rugby Union: Mapping Future Success
Start Date / End Date : 01-OCT-15 / 30-SEP-19
Sponsor : Enterprise Ireland (EI)
Title : PuttFix
Start Date / End Date : 05-APR-15 / 05-JUL-15

Recent Postgraduates

  • Improving elderly gait with a structured auditory stimulus: a training and retention study (External MSc Committee Member: Michael Hough, University of Nebraska at Omaha 2013-2015)
  • Golf coaching-biomechanics interface: a mixed methods study (PhD advisor: Andrew Morrison, University of Ulster 2012-2015)
  • Kinematic and kinetic analysis of the golf swing in post knee arthroscopy patients (PhD co-supervisor: Martin Molloy, University of Ulster 2012-2014)
  • An investigation of the drop jump as a performance diagnostic in rugby (PhD co-supervisor: Lisa Costley, University of Ulster 2013)

Current Postgraduate Students

Gabriel Signorelli, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)   -   Thesis Co-Supervisor
Denise Martin, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)   -   Thesis Supervisor
Vincent Hammond, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)   -   Thesis Supervisor
Sonja Egan, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)   -   Thesis Supervisor

Teaching

       

Developing as a Teacher

Dr. McGrath is currently undertaking the Professional Diploma in University Teaching and Learning
 

Collaborators

Internal Collaborators

Prof. Pieter Brama, School of Veterinary Medicine
Prof. Brian Caulfield, Director of Personal Sensing, Insight Centre for Data Analytics
Prof. Giuseppe de Vito, Professor of Performance Science
Prof. Colin Boreham, Director of the Institute of Sport and Health
Dr. Donal Holland, School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering
Dr. David McKeown, School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering
Dr. Barry Greene, Kinesis Health 

External Collaborators

Dr. Conor Walsh, Harvard Biodesign Lab, Harvard
Dr. Terry Ellis, Centre for Neurorehabilitation, Boston University 
Prof. Nick Stergiou, Biomechanics Research Facility, University of Nebraska
Dr. Mukul Mukherjee, Biomechanics Research Facility,University of Nebraska
Prof. Richard Carson, Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience of Ageing, Trinity College Dublin
Dr. Karen Boyce, Built Environment Research Institute, University of Ulster 
Dr. Daniel Nilsson, Department of Fire Safety Engineering, Lund University
Dr. Pete Thompson, Autodesk Ltd.
Prof. Eric Wallace, Director of the Sport and Exercise Research Institute, University of Ulster
Move4Parkinsons
IRFU 
Fujitsu Ireland