Dr Helen French is a Senior lecturer in the RCSI School of Physiotherapy. She qualified from UCD School of Physiotherapy, Dublin in 1992. She worked as a Senior Physiotherapist in Orthopaedics in the Meath Hospital, Dublin and subsequently in Tallaght Hospital, Dublin. She obtained a MSc. (Physiotherapy) in 1999 in TCD School of Physiotherapy, Dublin. From 2001 she worked as a Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist (Musculoskeletal) in Tallaght Hospital, Dublin before her appointment as Lecturer in Physiotherapy in the School of Physiotherapy, RCSI in 2004. She was promoted to Senior lecturer in 2015.
She has held previous positions of Honorary Secretary of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists (ISCP), Chairperson of the ISCP Education and Professional Development standing committee, Chairperson of the Chartered Physiotherapists in Musculoskeletal Therapy (CPMT) clinical interest group, member of the ISCP International Affairs committee and members of the Education Working Group of the European Region of the World Congress of Physical Therapy (WCPT).
Dr French completed her PhD in 2011, funded by a HRB Fellowship for the Therapy Professions and was awarded a HRB-Fulbright Scholarship (2017-2018) which she undertook in Boston University. Her research areas of interest are rehabilitation interventions for hip osteoarthritis and other hip joint pathologies, the role of biomechanics/movement control and pain mechanisms in hip pathologies.