Dr David Punt PhD

Senior Lecturer

Dr David Punt

Contact details

School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabiliation Sciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT


David has a clinical and academic background in rehabilitation and neuropsychology. He is interested in cognitive neuroscience and psychology, and the application of research in these areas to rehabilitation, focusing particularly on patients following stroke.


PhD Psychology (Birmingham) – 2004
MSc Clinical Neuroscience (Surrey) - 1998
Grad Dip Physiotherapy (Liverpool) – 1990


David worked as a physiotherapist in the National Health Service for many years, specializing in neurological rehabilitation. He completed a MSc (part-time) in Clinical Neuroscience and was subsequently awarded a fellowship from the Stroke Association, completing a PhD in Birmingham exploring the impact of the neglect syndrome on movement following stroke. He subsequently worked at Leeds Metropolitan University before returning to Birmingham as Senior Lecturer in the new School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation.


Postgraduate supervision

Applications from prospective doctoral students wishing to study in David’s areas of interest are welcome. For examples, see link.


Research group: Movement Rehabilitation

Research interests: Neurorehabilitation; Stroke; Neglect, Cognitive and Motor Performance; Clinical Neuroscience, Imagery, Learned nonuse


COCKSWORTH, R. L. & PUNT, T. D. 2013. When the left hand does not know what the left hand is doing: response mode affects mental rotation of hands. Experimental Brain Research, 228, 87-95.

PUNT, T. D., COOPER, L., HEY, M. & JOHNSON, M. I. 2013. Neglect-like symptoms in complex regional pain syndrome: Learned nonuse by another name? Pain, 154, 200-203.

PUNT, T. D., RIDDOCH, M. J. & HUMPHREYS, G. W. 2013. Motor extinction: a deficit of attention or intention? Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 7, 644.

STURT, R. & PUNT, T. D. 2013. Caloric vestibular stimulation and postural control in patients with spatial neglect following stroke. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, 23, 299-316

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