Portrait of Mrs Alison Lyon-Murphy Mrs Alison Lyon-Murphy

a.p.lyon@hud.ac.uk | 01484 472410


I started at the University of Huddersfield in 2003 as a Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy within the Division of Health and Rehabilitation.

After graduating from St.Mary’s School of Physiotherapy, London in 1989 I moved to Leeds. Following rotations within the Leeds Teaching Hospital Trust I specialised in adult neurology in 1992. I moved to work in Australia for a year in 1995 before returning home to take up the role of clinical specialist in neurology at St.James University Hospital, finally moving to the university in 2003, where I now work part time.

I maintain clinical currency in my chosen field  by undertaking professional development courses in the rehabilitation of neurological adults. I also treats patients on a private basis to maintain a high clinical skill level.

Research and Scholarship

I was awarded my Masters degree in Physiotherapy in 2014. My research looked at the role of dance in the management of motor and non-motor sypmtoms of Parkinson’s.

My current area of research interest is the effect foot mobility has on falls and balance in the elderly population.


I was awarded the status of Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2009

External Examining
I am currently the external examiner for the undergraduate Physiotherapy Honours degree programme at Teesside University.

Professional Membership
I hold professional membership with the following organisations;

  • Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP)
  • The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

Research Degree Supervision

I have been involved with both undergraduate and post-graduate research dissertations across a range of subject areas. My main interest lies in quantitative research methods.

Administrative Responsibilities

I am  part of a collaborative working party of three universities, which aims to develop educational resources for clinical colleagues, to aid the development of the skills needed to support students in the clinical setting. As part of this, I work closely with occupational therapy colleagues to deliver courses for clinical staff. I am also part of the team that has developed new clinical assessment documentation.

Teaching and Professional Activities

I am module leader for the second year neurology module, I input onto a podiatry module looking at how neurological principles may affect podiatric care in high risk patients.

I teach on the physiology module for the first year physiotherapy students, where I teach practical therapy skills and neurophysiology.