Dr Manjula Manikandan is a postdoctoral researcher in the CP-Life Research Centre from March 2023. Manjula’s first degree was a Bachelor in Physiotherapy, which was completed in India in 2009. She received her MSc in Applying Physiotherapy from the Sheffield Hallam University, UK in 2014.
Manjula recently received her PhD from RCSI (2022) that examined health service use among adults with cerebral palsy using mixed methods approach. Her PhD was supervised by Dr Jennifer Ryan (RCSI) Dr Aisling Walsh (RCSI) and Dr Claire Kerr (Queen’s University Belfast). During this doctoral research she worked with the Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) contributors, with lived experience of cerebral palsy to input in all stages of her research and published a perspective article co-authored with the PPI contributors.
Manjula is currently working as a postdoctoral researcher on Relate-CP, a project investigating mental health and wellbeing in children and young people with cerebral palsy in Ireland.