Projects per year
Academic / Professional qualifications
MSc Medicine & Science in Sport & Exercise
BSc (Hons) Prosthetics and Orthotics
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.
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.
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.
Doctor of Philosophy, University of Strathclyde
Award Date: 1 Jan 2016
Master of Science, University of Strathclyde
Award Date: 1 Jan 2005
Bachelor of Science, University of Strathclyde
Award Date: 1 Jan 1993
Chair of the Board of Trustees, Neurosciences Foundation (The)2015 → …
- physical activity
- rehabilitation medicine
- rehabilitation engineering
Physical activity guidelines and promotion: an online survey of United Kingdom's prosthetic rehabilitation healthcare professionalsDeans, S., Kirk, A., McGarry, A. & Rowe, D., 1 Aug 2020, In : Prosthetics and Orthotics International. 44, 4, p. 192-201 10 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › ArticleOpen AccessFile4 Downloads (Pure)
Reliability and criterion-related validity of the activPAL™ accelerometer when measuring physical activity and sedentary behavior in adults with lower limb absenceDeans, S., Kirk, A., McGarry, A. & Rowe, D., 28 Jul 2020, In : Journal for the Measurement of Physical Behaviour.
Research output: Contribution to journal › ArticleOpen AccessFile5 Downloads (Pure)
Physical behaviours in adults with lower limb absence : motivations and barriers; the role of healthcare professionals; measurement; and free-living patternsAuthor: Deans, S., 12 Sep 2018
Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis
Deans, Sarah (Recipient), 15 Mar 2014
Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)
National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Collaboration in Child Prosthetics (External organisation)
Sarah Deans (Advisor)Mar 2017 → …
Activity: Membership types › Membership of committee