Dr David Punt PhD

Dr David Punt

School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences
Physiotherapy Programme Lead
Senior Lecturer

Contact details

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

David is interested in both cognitive and motor difficulties that can arise following stroke, and how these interact, affecting the way people move and function; he has a particular interest in the neglect syndrome.  David undertakes experimental research that aims to understand related problems arising in stroke survivors and contributes to the development of rehabilitative strategies to help overcome them.  He retains an honorary contract with the National Health Service and works as a physiotherapist alongside the Stroke Rehabilitation Team at Moseley Hall Hospital.


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


David qualified as a physiotherapist (1990) and then worked in the National Health Service for many years, specializing in neurological rehabilitation. He completed an MSc in Clinical Neuroscience (1998) and a PhD in Psychology (2004).  He was appointed Senior Lecturer in the School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Birmingham in October 2013.


  • Motor Learning and Neuroplasticity (BSc)
  • Neurological Rehabilitation (BSc)
  • Perception & Action (BSc) - module leader
  • Neurological Rehabilitation (MSc)
  • Supervise BSc and MSc projects students across programmes in the School


  • 3rd Year Tutor

Postgraduate supervision

  • David Sardar - Visual control of bimanual movements following stroke
  • Sybille Roschka - The impact of Botulinumtoxin A on the daily lives of chronic stroke survivors with upper limb spasticity
  • Latifah Alazmi – Left/right judgment tasks involving the trunk: implications for therapy and rehabilitation


Research group: Human Movement and Rehabilitation

Research interests: Neuro-rehabilitation; stroke; the neglect syndrome, bimanual coordination, motor imagery, learned non-use


Alazmi, L., Gadsby, G. E., Heneghan, N. R., & Punt, T. D. (2018). Do trunk-based left/right judgment tasks elicit motor imagery? Musculoskeletal Science and Practice, 35, 55-60.

Rosenthal, O., Wing, A.M., Wyatt, J., Punt, D. & Miall, R.C. (2017). Mapping upper-limb motor performance after stroke  - a novel method with utility for individualized motor training,   Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation, 14, 127.

Hartnoll, S.H. & Punt, T.D. (2017). Yoga practice is associated with superior motor imagery performance, International Journal of Yoga Therapy, 27, 81-86.

Punt, T.D. (2017). Re: The development of a shoulder specific left/right judgement task: Validity & reliability, Musculoskeletal Science & Practice, 30, e87.

Ryan, C.G., King, R., Robinson, V., Punt, T.D., Dinse, H.R., Grunenberg, C., Johnson, M.I. & Martin, D. (2017). Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation using an LTP-like repetitive stimulation   protocol for patients with upper limb complex regional pain syndrome: A feasibility study,   Hand Therapy, 22, 52-63.

Farhead, N., & Punt, T. D. (2015). Silencing Sharapova’s grunt improves the perception of her serve speed. Perceptual and Motor Skills, 120, 722-730.

King, R., Johnson, M. I., Ryan, C. G., Robinson, V., Martin, D. J., & Punt, T. D. (2015). My foot? Motor imagery-evoked pain, alternative strategies and implications for laterality recognition tasks. Pain Medicine, 16, 555-557.

Silva, A. G., Punt, D., & Johnson, M. I. (2014). The clinical usefulness of head posture assessment for patients with neck pain. In S. A. Curran (Ed.), Posture: Types, exercises and health effects (pp. 15-42). New York: Nova Biomedical.

Punt, T. D., Riddoch, M. J., & Humphreys, G. W. (2013). Motor extinction: a deficit of attention or intention? Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 7, 644.

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.

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.

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

Clark, E., Hill, K. D., & Punt, T. D. (2012). Responsiveness of 2 scales to evaluate lateropulsion or pusher syndrome recovery after stroke. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 93, 149-155.

Joundi, R. A., Brittain, J. S., Punt, T. D., Green, A. L., Jenkinson, N., & Aziz, T. Z. (2012). Stimulation of the subthalamic nucleus improves velocity of ballistic movements in Parkinson's disease. Neuroreport, 23, 390-394.

Harbach, G., & Punt, D. (2012). Wheelchair navigation and unilateral neglect: can the use of technology improve performance? Posture and Mobility, 29, 20-23.

Silva, A., Punt, D., & Johnson, M. (2012). Using head posture assessment to inform the management of neck pain: a pilot focus group study. International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation, 19, 98-105.

Punt, T. D., Kitadono, K., Hulleman, J., Humphreys, G. W., & Riddoch, M. J. (2011). Modulating wheelchair navigation in patients with spatial neglect. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, 21, 367-382.

Silva, A. G., Punt, T. D., & Johnson, M. I. (2011). Variability of angular measurements of head posture within a session, within a day, and over a 7-day period in healthy participants. Physiotherapy Theory and Practice, 27, 503-511.

Silva, A. G., Punt, T. D., & Johnson, M. I. (2010). Reliability and validity of head posture assessment by observation and a four-category scale. Manual Therapy, 15, 490-495.

Silva, A. G., Punt, T. D., Sharples, P., Vilas-Boas, J. P., & Johnson, M. I. (2009). Head posture and neck pain of chronic nontraumatic origin: a comparison between patients and pain-free persons. Archives ofPhyical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 90, 669-674.

Silva, A. G., Punt, T. D., Sharples, P., Vilas-Boas, J. P., & Johnson, M. I. (2009). Head posture assessment for people with neck pain: is it useful? International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation, 16, 43-53.

Rice, N. J., Edwards, M. G., Schindler, I., Punt, T. D., McIntosh, R. D., Humphreys, G. W., Lestou, V., & Milner, A. D. (2008). Delay abolishes the obstacle avoidance deficit in unilateral optic ataxia. Neuropsychologia, 46, 1549-1557.

Punt, T. D., Kitadono, K., Hulleman, J., Humphreys, G. W., & Riddoch, M. J. (2008). From both sides now: crossover effects influence navigation in patients with unilateral neglect. Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, 79, 464-466.

Punt, T. D. (2007). Wheelchair mobility for people following stroke with perceptual problems. Posture and  Mobility, 24, 39-40.

Punt, T. D., & Riddoch, M. J. (2006). Motor neglect: implications for movement and rehabilitation following stroke. Disability and Rehabilitation, 28, 857-864.

Punt, T. D., Riddoch, M. J., & Humphreys, G. W. (2005). Bilateral movements and motor extinction: a case study. Clinical Rehabilitation, 19, 572-573.

Punt, T. D., Riddoch, M. J., & Humphreys, G. W. (2005). Don't think twice, it's all right-contralesional dependency for bimanual prehension movements. Neuropsychologia, 43, 1547-1558.

Humphreys, G. W., Riddoch, M. J., Linnell, K. J., Punt, T. D., Edwards, M. G., & Wing, A. M. (2004). Attending to what you are doing: Neuropsychological and experimental evidence for interactions between perception and action. In G. W. Humphreys & M. J. Riddoch (Eds.), Attention in Action (pp. 3-25). Hove: Psychology Press.

Punt, T. D., & Riddoch, M. J. (2002). Towards a theoretical understanding of pushing behaviour in stroke patients. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, 12, 455-472.

Punt, T. D. (2000). No success like failure: walking late after stroke. Physiotherapy, 86, 563-566.

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