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Dr Heather Gray is the Head of Department of Physiotherapy & Paramedicine at Glasgow Caledonian University. Prior to joining Glasgow Caledonian University she worked as a Physiotherapist for 11 years in NHS Scotland. 

Heather is the inaugural Chair of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy's (CSP) Professional Committee, responsible to the CSP's 60,000 members for the strategic leadership of issues relating to physiotherapy education and professional practice. She is a member of the CSP's Equity, Diversity & Belonging Reference (EDB) Group, involved in developing its EDB Strategy. 

Heather spent four years as a Researcher at the University of Glasgow in Public Health and in Scotland’s Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professions Research Unit, and has completed numerous educational consultancy projects with NHS Education for Scotland. She is a member of Scottish Government’s AHP Vocational Rehabilitation priority work stream, and had led on three cross-university strategic projects in relation to personal tutoring, partnership working and student mental health.

Current project: Currently, Heather is leading a Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) Collaborative Cluster project on supporting the mental wellbeing of students through developing inclusive curricula, with a focus on international, BAME and LGBTQ+ HEI student communities. 

Qualifications: She attained her BSc Physiotherapy at Queen's College, Glasgow, MSc Physiotherapy at Queen Margaret University, PgC Occupational Health Physiotherapy at University of East Anglia, and PgC Teaching & Learning in Higher Education at Glasgow Caledonian University. 

She was awarded her Doctorate from Glasgow Caledonian University in 2012 where she researched physiotherapists' assessment of work-related psychosocial risk factors (Blue Flags) in non-specific low back pain.

Publications & Editorship: Heather has published over 25 peer-reviewed journal articles and regularly presents and leads workshops at many international conferences. She is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Physical Therapy Education' a peer-review journal that over the past 30 years has advanced the scholarship of physical therapy education in all its dimensions by disseminating scholarly works of discovery, application, and integration.

PhD Students: She is currently supervising 3 doctoral students (Peter Glover; Michelle Rutherford & Cameron Black).

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Devlopment Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education

External positions

Chair of Professional Committee, Chartered Society of Physiotherapy

Associate Editor - Journal of Physical Therapy Education

Member of Chartered Society of Physiotherapy's Equity, Diversity & Belonging Reference Group

Member of Scottish Government's AHP Vocational Rehabilitation Steering Group


  • Physical Therapy
  • Inclusion
  • Curriculum design
  • EDI
  • Back pain
  • Psychologically informed practice


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