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School of Health and Society

Dr Kristen Hollands

Senior Research Fellow


My training began with an undergraduate degree in Kinesiology and Neurobehavioural Assessment, followed by an MSc in Biomechanics and Motor-control of locomotion (both at the University of Waterloo, Canada) and culminated in my PhD in Neurorehabilitation Sciences (University of Birmingham, UK).


Research Interests

My research goals are to translate a better understanding of the underlying principles of the control of walking to its rehabilitation. My work spans basic laboratory based experiments (to identify impairments in walking and their putative mechanisms), systematic reviews (to examine the current statue-of-the-art in clinical evidence bases for neurorehabilitation) and randomised control trial methodologies (to test the effectiveness of new rehabilitation treatment paradigms targeted at the cause of impairments and to stimulate neuro-plasticity and functional recovery).

Qualifications and Memberships

2010 PhD Neuromotor control (from University of Birmingham).

Thesis title: "Whole body coordination during walking and turning in stroke survivors and healthy elderly"


M.Sc. Biomechanics (from University of Waterloo, Canada).


B.Sc (Hons) Kinesiology and Neurobehavioral Assessment (from University of Waterloo, Canada).


Hollands, K L & Pelton, T & Wimperis, A & Witham, D & Tan, W & Wing, A & Wing, W & Tyson, S & Vliet, P V 2016, 'Feasibility and Preliminary Efficacy of Visual Cue Training to Improve Adaptability of Walking after Stroke: Multi-Centre, Single-Blind Randomised Control Pilot Trial.', PLoS One.

Hollands, K L & Pelton, T & Veen, S V D & Sultan, A & Hollands, M 2016, 'A novel and simple test of gait adaptability predicts gold standard measures of functional mobility in stroke survivors.', Gait and Posture.

Hollands, K L 2014, 'Effects of dual task on turning ability in stroke survivors and older adults', Gait and Posture.

Vliet, P M V & PeltonVliet, T A & Hollands, K L & Wing, A M 2013, 'Neuroscience findings on coordination of reaching to grasp an object- implications for research', Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair, 27(7), pp.622-635.

Hollands, K L 2013, 'Visual Cue Training to Improve Walking and Turning After Stroke: a single blind randomised pilot trial: Trial Protocol', Trials, 14(1), p.276.

Hollands, K L 2013, 'Visual cue training to improve walking and turning after stroke: a study protocol for a multi-centre, single blind randomised pilot trial.', Trials.

Hollands, K L & Pelton, T A & Tyson, S F & Hollands, M A & Vliet, P M V 2012, 'Interventions for coordination of walking following stroke: systematic review', Gait and Posture, 35(3), pp.349-359.

Pelton, T A & Vliet, P M V & Hollands, K L 2012, 'Interventions for improving coordination of reach to grasp following stroke: a systematic review', International Journal for Evidenced Based Health Care, 10(2), pp.89-102.

Hollands, K & Pelton, T & Tyson, S 2011, 'Interventions for co-ordination of walking following stroke: a systematic review'. Gait & Posture.

Hollands, K L & Vliet, P V & Zietz, D & Wing, A & Wright, C & Hollands, M 2010, 'Stroke-related differences in axial body segment coordination during preplanned and reactive changes in walking direction.', Experimental Brain Research, 202(3), pp.591-604.

Hollands, K L & Hollands, M & Zietz, D & Wing, A & Wright, C & Vliet, P V 2010, 'Kinematics of turning 180 degrees during the timed up and go in stroke survivors with and without falls history', Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair, 24(4), pp.358-367.

Hollands, K L & Sackley, C & Berg, M V D & Lett, K & Patel, S & Wright, C & Hoppitt, T 2009, 'Effects of a physiotherapy and occupational therapy intervention on mobility and activity in care home residents: a cluster randomised controlled trial.', BMJ, 339, p.b3123.