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Academic / Professional qualifications

MSc Medicine & Science in Sport & Exercise

BSc (Hons) Prosthetics and Orthotics

Research Interests

Objective measurement of free-living physical behaviours in people with limb absence.

Healthcare professionals understanding of current UK physical activity guidelines.

Physical activity promotion by healthcare professionals.

Motivations and barriers to prosthesis users (amputees) participation in physical activity.

Personal Statement

I have enjoyed employment at the University of Strathclyde for over 21 years and am a Teaching Fellow of Prosthetics and Orthotics in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. I'm involved in undergraduate and postgraduate course design and implementation related to lower limb prosthetic rehabilitation and the care of prosthetic limb users.

Expertise & Capabilities

I have teaching, research and knowledge exchange expertise in prosthetics rehabilitation, the professional aspects related to the care of people living with limb absence. I have experience of organising, facilitating and speaking at national and international rehabilitation medicine and rehabilitation engineering conferences. I have engaged with national and international media agencies in promoting technological advances in rehabilitation engineering.

Teaching Interests

My teaching interests are centred on lower limb prosthetic rehabilitation in particular the care of people who have trans-tibial, ankle disarticulation and partial foot prosthetics. I help students understand the professional skills required to work with clinical populations, in particular supporting students to enhance their communication and interpersonal skills. I also enjoy working with Year 4 students undertaking projects in prosthetics and rehabilitation medicine related areas.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Strathclyde

Master of Science, University of Strathclyde

Bachelor of Science, University of Strathclyde

External positions

Chair of the Board of Trustees, Neurosciences Foundation (The)

2015 → …


  • prosthetics
  • physical activity
  • rehabilitation medicine
  • amputees
  • disability
  • sport
  • exercise
  • rehabilitation engineering

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Projects 2008 2009

SPEEAD: Sporting Prosthetics for Everyday and Elite Athletes with a Disability

Deans, S. & Sexton, S.


Project: Internally funded project

Research Output 2008 2017

Interrater reliability of directly-observed stepping and reclining in lower limb amputees in a laboratory setting

Rowe, D., Deans, S., Kirk, A., McGarry, A., Mitchell, H., Sloan, L. & Walker, A., 20 Jun 2017.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster

Open Access

Reliability and validity of the activPAL for measuring stepping and reclining in unilateral lower limb amputees

Rowe, D., Deans, S., Kirk, A., McGarry, A., Mitchell, H., Sloan, L. & Walker, A., 20 Jun 2017. 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster

Open Access
Reproducibility of Results
Lower Extremity
Acoustic waves



Strathclyde Teaching Excellence Award 2015

Sarah Deans (Recipient), 14 May 2015

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


Activities 2009 2018

Bionics in the 21st Century

Sarah Deans (Interviewee)
4 May 2018

Activity: Other activity typesTypes of Public engagement and outreach - Media article or participation

National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Collaboration in Child Prosthetics (External organisation)

Sarah Deans (Advisor)
Mar 2017 → …

Activity: Membership typesMembership of committee