Professor Marion Walker leads a multi-professional team of over 25 people with a dynamic research portfolio that has gained both national and international recognition. This active research community has worked hard to raise the profile and standing of all allied health professions (Occupational therapists, physiotherapists, speech and language therapists and psychologists) in stroke rehabilitation research.
Professor Marion Walker's research expertise lies predominantly in the field of randomised controlled trials of stroke rehabilitation. This is her chosen research methodology as she believes it is the most influential in guiding clinical practice. Her PhD was the largest occupational therapy randomised controlled trial of its time, which was later published as a leading article in The Lancet (impact factor 25.800). She has subsequently conducted multiple stroke rehabilitation evaluations which have greatly influenced NHS clinical care, both in the UK and abroad. Professor Marion Walker's research expertise has also extended into the field of implementation research where she has written seminal papers influencing this new and innovative area of research. She has successfully led a £4 million programme of work in stroke rehabilitation implementation research incorporating four studies, bringing them all to successful completion. Her research leadership and expertise has also been recognised by NIHR who have awarded her NIHR Senior Investigator status acknowledging her as one of the top 200 clinical academics (all fields) in England.
Professor Marion Walker is regarded as a world leader in her research field with her expertise regularly sought from international colleagues. She is an international advisor for stroke and stroke rehabilitation research in Sweden, Norway and Australia. In 2014 she initiated a Memorandum of Understanding between the University of Kebangsaan Malaysia and the University of Nottingham; signed in Feb 2015 by Professor Christine Ennew the Provost of University Nottingham Malaysia Campus at a ceremony in Kuala Lumpur. This MoU has led to joint PhD studentships and a key study investigating the unmet needs of stroke survivors in mainland Malaysia.