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PhD, FBCA (Hon), FFEAC (Hon), FCC (Hon) MCPP


  • BSc (Jt Hons) Physiology/Pharmacology (University of Manchester)
  • PhD Neurophysiology/Pharmacology (University of St Andrews)
  • Post-Doctoral experience (University of Bristol medical school: Playfair Institute Toronto)
  • Sabbatical research (Max Planck Inst. Bad Nauheim: Marine Biological Inst. Plymouth)


Full-Time Lecturing Positions:

1989-99: Anglo-European College of Chiropractic
1999-2013: Welsh Institute of Chiropractic, University Of Glamorgan


Head of Clinical Technology and Diagnostics Research Unit
Chair of FLSE ethics sub-committee
Module leader for: CH2S03 (Pathology), CH4H07 (Research project 2)
Module designer and deliver components of CH2S02 (Neurophysiology), BI2S07 (Now CH3S12 Research Project 1),
CH3D04 (Chiropractic Diagnosis) responsible for the Clinical Pharmacology component.
Award leader for chiropractic BSc Hons programme from 2000 to 2004.


Padayachy K, Vawda GHM, Shaik J, McCarthy PW 2010. The immediate effect of low back manipulation on serum cortisol levels in adult males with mechanical low back pain. Clinical Chiropractic 13 (4) 246-252
Lark S, McCarthy PW 2010. Active cervical range of motion recovery following the rugby off-season. J Sports Med Phys Fitness. 50 (3) 318-25
卓夫,罗中明,李永波, McCarthy PW 2010. 香港中文大学双语教学经验的借鉴与思考. (Bilingual teaching experience in the Chinese University of Hong Kong) Jiaoshuyuren 7 number 21, p71-75.
Lark S, McCarthy PW 2010. The effects of a rugby playing season on cervical range of motion. J Sports Sci. 28 (6) 649-55.
Cascioli, V, Heusch, AI, McCarthy PW 2011. Does prolonged sitting with limited legroom affect the flexibility of a healthy subject and their perception of discomfort? International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics, 41 (5) 471-480.
Lark S, Rowe D, McCarthy PW 2011. Reliability of the Parallel Walk Test for the Elderly. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 92 (5) 812-7.
Liu Z, Cascioli V, Heusch AI, McCarthy PW 2011. Studying thermal characteristics of seating materials by recording temperature from 3 positions at the seat-subject interface. Journal of Tissue Viability 20 (3). 73-80.
Cascioli V, McCarthy PW, Heusch AI, Liu Z. 2011. Settling down time following initial sitting and its relationship with comfort and discomfort. Journal of Tissue Viability. 20 (4) 121-129.
Liu Z, Li E, Li J, Cascioli V,Heusch AI,McCarthy PW 2012. Objective evaluation of sitting comfort based on body-seat interface temperature (in Chinese). Journal of Chinese Ergonomics. 18 (1) 62-65.
Zhuofu Liu, Zhongming Luo, Jiang Wei, Meimei Liu, Tianye Chen, Liang Chen, Andrew I Heusch, Vincenzo Cascioli and Peter W McCarthy 2013. Noise Removal Applied to a Temperature Signal from Body and Seat Contact Surface Based on the EMD Method. International Journal of Signal Processing, Image Processing and Pattern Recognition 6(4), 431-439.
Kier A, George M, McCarthy PW 2013. Survey based investigation into general practitioner referral patterns for spinal manipulative therapy. Chiropr Man Therap. 21(1):16-24
Liu Z, Wang L, Luo Z, Heusch AI, Cascioli V, McCarthy PW 2015. Microenvironment temperature prediction between body and seat interface using autoregressive data-driven model. J Tissue Viability. Aug 20. pii: S0965-206X(15)00071-6. doi: 10.1016/j.jtv.2015.08.001
McCarthy PW, Hume PJ, Heusch AI, Lark SD 2015. Wearing American Football helmets increases cervicocephalic kinaesthetic awareness in “elite” American Football players but not controls. Chiropractic and Manual Therapies, doi: 10.1186/s12998-015-0077-4


  • Fellow of British Chiropractic Association (Hon.)
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Chiropractors (Hon.)
  • Fellow of the European Academy of Chiropractic (Hon.)
  • Member of College of Practitioners in Phytotherapy
  • Member of the Physiological Society
  • Member of the Society for Back Pain Research
  • Council member of Publication Ethics and Integrity


College of Chiropractic (Research committee/ Ethics sub-committee)
Advisor to British Chiropractic Association
Editorial board member for Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine.
Associate Editor for Chiropractic and Manual Therapy
Reviewer for various Journals
Invited speaker at Professional Research and Development Meetings for the Chiropractic profession around the UK and in Europe.

External Examiner

  • PhDs examined at:
    University of Hull
    University of Exeter.
    University of Surrey.
  • Other Postgraduate theses:
    Macquarrie University, Sydney (Australia).
    Technikon Natal (South Africa).
  • BSc programme Validations (external advisor):
    Napier University Edinburgh;
    University of East London.


Impact of design and / or elite performance on normal biomechanics and neurophysiological control of function.
Examples include: seating design and thermal comfort (various commercial research),
neck function and elite performance (Rugby, football and numerous other professional sports).


Recent and on-going collaborations:
Neck injury in elite rugby and other sports: B Zietsman, C King (St Mary’s Twickenham), S Lark, (Massey University, New Zealand). Collaborating teams have included Bath and Northampton RFCs; Australian Rugby League team, Welsh Touch, collegiate American Football, professional ice hockey teams, international swimming squads etc. More recently collaboration has included WRU’s female International squad and female Touch Rugby squad.
Ergonomics of seating and objective factors that affect perceived comfort: Z Liu (Univ. of Harbin, China), V Cascioli (Murdoch University, Western Australia), AI Heusch (Univ of South Wales)
Raynaud’s phenomenon: AI Heusch, L McCarthy (Univ of South Wales), TonusEurope Ltd, Surviva Ltd, Pulse Innovate Ltd and others.

External funded activities:
2015 British Winter Olympic talent athletes (technological feasibility study)
2015-17 Chiropractic Research Council (Patient centred care study: PhD) £18,000.
2014-15 KEF/WDA Collaborative Industrial Research Partnership (CIRP) award (Raynaud’s Phenomenon) £49,000
2012-14 KEF/WDA Collaborative Industrial Research Partnership (CIRP) award (Raynaud’s Phenomenon) £110,000
2013/14 KESS studentship: bed design for chronic pain sufferers: £22,000
2011/12 KESS studentship: study of protection for sufferers of Raynaud’s phenomenon £78,000.
2010/12 KEP funded project, collaboration with design faculty at Swansea Met Uni and PDR of Cardiff Met Uni (Design for Successful Ageing) £200,000.
2006/8 Design of a system to objectify the perceived comfort/discomfort associated with seating surfaces. Collaboration with local industry and academic partners. CIRP/WAG £200,000
2005 Can neck dysfunction exacerbate the perception of tinnitus? CPA (tinnitus CROM study) £1,500.
2004/5 Design of a device/system to objectify the degree of vasospasm induced by a simple authentic vibrational challenge to the hands. KEF/WDA (HAVS) £79,000
For further details on other projects visit

Areas of Expertise

Primarily sensory neurophysiology and objective assessment of its role, factors in daily life that can affect it and the potential technology that can be used to replace or enhance this function.

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