Dr Annabel Masson PhD, MSc, BSc (Hons) PG Cert, MCSP HCPC

Dr Annabel Masson

School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences
Research Associate

Contact details

Address
School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TT
UK

Dr Annabel Masson is a dual qualified and highly experienced Chartered Physiotherapist and Ergonomist. Having worked extensively in industry, academia and healthcare she has a particular interest in spinal pain, Occupational and Public Health, bariatrics and all aspects of musculoskeletal health and rehabilitation with the emphasis on qualitative and mixed methodologies. 

Qualifications

  • BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy
  • MSc Work Design and Ergonomics
  • PG Cert Weight Management
  • PhD 

Biography

Dr Annabel Masson received her BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy from the University of Birmingham in 1997. After completing an MSc in Work design and Ergonomics in 2000, again from the University of Birmingham she worked as a lecturer in physiotherapy before returning to clinical practice to develop and lead an Occupational Health Physiotherapy Service for a large NHS Trust. She undertook her PhD at Loughborough University entitled ‘Including Plus Size People in Workplace Design’, which utilised a mixed methodological approach to explore the physical issues affecting overweight/obese individuals within the working environment.

In 2016, she was appointed as Programme Lead/Senior lecturer for the MSc (pre registration) in Physiotherapy at Birmingham City University before moving to Birmingham University in October 2017 to pursue her passion for research within CPR Spine.

Teaching

Specialist teaching across programmes in areas of spinal pain, Occupational and Public Health, bariatrics and all aspects of musculoskeletal health and rehabilitation.

Postgraduate supervision

Dr Masson is experienced in supervising research at undergraduate and postgraduate level. She is currently supervising student(s) in the field of spinal fusion surgery using qualitative methodologies.

She is also interested in supervising projects within the fields of:

  • Patient journey
  • Ergonomics and Work Design
  • Physiotherapy and bariatrics 

Research

Research group: Centre for Precision Rehabilitation of Spinal Pain (CPR Spine)

Annabel’s current research at CPR Spine focuses on exploring the patient journey following spinal fusion surgery using qualitative methods (interviews and patient diary analysis). This patient driven data will then be used to inform the development of a risk stratification tool and stratified rehabilitation with a view to matching the right treatment to the right patients at the right time. Other research interests include the characteristics of the plus size population and implications on physiological and biomechanical parameters and ergonomics/human factors in healthcare using both qualitative and quantitative methodologies

Research identifiers

Linkedin : https://www.linkedin.com/in/annabel-masson-69908686/

Research Gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Annabel_Masson

Other activities

  • Member of the Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors
  • Member of Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (AACP)
  • Member of Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Occupational Health and Ergonomics (ACPOHE)

Publications

Masson, A. Hignett, S. Gyi, D. (2016) Including Plus Size People in Workplace Design – who are we designing for?  Proceedings of 4rd International Conference on Wellbeing at Work. Amsterdam, 29-31 May 2016

Korsten, L. Gyi, D. Masson, A. (2016) Plus size and inclusivity in design.  Proceedings of Ergonomics and Human Factors Conference. Daventry, UK. 19-21 April

Masson, A. Hignett, S. Gyi, D. (2016) Plus size anthropometry: is designing for the 95th percentile enough? Proceedings of Ergonomics and Human Factors Conference. Daventry, UK. 19-21 April

Masson, A. Hignett, S. Gyi, D. (2015) Anthropometric Study to Understand Body Size and Shape for Plus Size People at Work. Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Ergonomics Modelling, Usability & Special Populations / 6th International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics. Las Vegas, USA.  26- 30 July

Masson, A. Hignett, S. Gyi, D. (2015) Anthropometric Study to Understand Body Size and Shape for Plus Size People at Work. Procedia Manufacturing 3, pp. 5647-5654.

Masson, A. Hignett, S. Gyi, D. (2014) Exploring and describing workplace Issues for plus size people. Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Ergonomics Modelling, Usability & Special Populations / 5th International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics. Krakow, Poland.  21- 25 July

Masson, A. Hignett, S. Gyi, D. (2014) Exploring workplace issues for plus size people. Proceedings of 3rd International Conference on Wellbeing at Work. Copenhagen, 26-28 May 2014

In press

Rushton, A. Staal, JB. Verra, ML.  Emms, A. Reddington, M. Soundy, A. Cole, AA. Willems, P. Benneker, L. Masson, A.  Heneghan, NR. (2017). The patient journey following lumbar spinal fusion surgery [LSFS]: protocol for a multicentre qualitative analysis of the patient rehabilitation experience [FuJourn]. BMJ Open.