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


  • 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
2013-to date: Faculty of Life Sciences and Education, University of South Wales.


Chair of FLSE ethics sub-committee


• Liu Z, Li J, Liu M, Cascioli V, McCarthy PW 2019. In-Depth Investigation into the Transient Humidity Response at the Body-Seat Interface on Initial Contact Using a Dual Temperature and Humidity Sensor Sensors 19 (6), 1471
• Stuber KJ, Langweiler M, Mior S, McCarthy PW 2018. A pilot study assessing patient-centred care in patients with chronic health conditions attending chiropractic practice. Complementary Therapies in Medicine 39, 1-7
• Roula MA, Ramaraju S, McCarthy P 2018. Brain stimulation and brain computer interfacing. Proceedings of the 32nd International BCS Human Computer Interaction Conference
• Liu Z, Yuan Y, Liu M, Cascioli V, McCarthy PW 2018 Investigating thermal performance of different chairs at the user-seat interface by a temperature sensor array system while participants perform office work. Journal of tissue viability 27 (2), 83-89
• Ramaraju S, Roula MA, McCarthy PW 2018 Modelling the effect of electrode displacement on transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) Journal of neural engineering 15 (1), 016019
• Liu Z, Chang L, Luo Z, Cascioli V, Heusch AI, McCarthy PW 2017 Design and development of a thermal imaging system based on a temperature sensor array for temperature measurements of enclosed surfaces and its use at the body-seat interface. Measurement 104, 123-131.
• Liu Z, Cheng H, Luo Z, Cascioli V, Heusch AI, Nair NR, McCarthy PW 2017 Performance Assessment of a Humidity Measurement System and Its Use to Evaluate Moisture Characteristics of Wheelchair Cushions at the User-Seat Interface. Sensors (Basel). 2017 Apr 5;17(4). pii: E775. doi: 10.3390/s17040775.
• Izzidien A, Ramaraju S, Roula MA, McCarthy PW 2016 Effect of Anodal tDCS on Event-Related Potentials: A Controlled Study. BioMed Research International 2016;2016:1584947. Epub 2016 Nov 10.
• Cascioli V, Heusch AI, Liu Z, McCarthy PW 2016: A methodology using In-Chair Movements as an objective measure of discomfort for the purpose of statistically distinguishing between similar seat surfaces Applied Ergonomics 54:100-109. Impact Factor: 1.713
• 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. 24(4):131-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jtv.2015.08.001
• Liu Z, Luo Z, Wei J, Liu M, Chen T, Chen L, Heusch AI, Cascioli V, McCarthy PW, 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.
• 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.
• Liu Z, Luo Z, Cascioli V Mazzeo L Heusch AI, McCarthy PW. 2011 Initial Study of Body-Seat Interface Measurement Parameters Chinese Journal of Instrument Technique and Sensor. 336 (1): 92-95
• Cascioli V, Heusch AI, and 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). pp. 471-480.
• Liu Z, Cascioli V, Heusch AI, McCarthy PW. 2011Studying thermal characteristics of seating materials by recording temperature from 3 positions at the seat-subject interface. Journal of Tissue Viability 20 (3). pp. 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). pp. 121-129.

• Zietsman BB, McCarthy PW. 2018 Elite female rugby players’(union versus touch): comparative study of cervical spine function (IN REVIEW)
• McCarthy PW, Hume PJ, Heusch AI, Lark SD 2016 Wearing American Football helmets increases cervicocephalic kinaesthetic awareness in “elite” American Football players but not controls. Chiropractic & Manual Therapies 23 (1), 1
• Lark S, McCarthy PW. 2010 Active cervical range of motion recovery following the rugby off-season. J Sports Med Phys Fitness. Sep; 50(3):318-25.
• Lark SD, McCarthy PW. 2010 The effects of a rugby playing season on cervical range of motion. J Sports Sci. Apr;28(6):649-55.

• Stuber KJ, Langweiler M, Mior S, McCarthy PW 2018 A pilot study assessing patient-centred care in patients with chronic health conditions attending chiropractic practice. Complementary Therapies in Medicine
• Wotherspoon, S. and McCarthy, PW 2016. The factors and motivations behind United Kingdom chiropractic professional association membership: a survey of the Welsh Institute of Chiropractic Alumni. Chiropractic & Manual Therapies, 24(1). DOI: 10.1186/s12998-016-0115-x.
• Stuber KJ, Langweiler M, Mior S, McCarthy PW 2016 Assessing patient-centered care in patients with chronic health conditions attending chiropractic practice: protocol for a mixed-methods study Chiropractic & Manual Therapies 9;24:15. doi: 10.1186/s12998-016-0095-x. eCollection 2016
• Kier A, George M, McCarthy PW 2013 Survey based investigation into general practitioner referral patterns for spinal manipulative therapy. Chiropractic & Manual Therapies 29;21(1):16-24
• Lark S, Rowe D. McCarthy PW 2011Reliability of the Parallel Walk Test for the Elderly. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 92(5): 812-7.
• Field JR, Newell D, McCarthy PW 2010 Preliminary study into the components of the fear-avoidance model of LBP: change after an initial chiropractic visit and influence on outcome. Chiropr Osteopat. 30; 18:21.
• Padayachy K, Vawda G.H M, 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), 246-52


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


Invited speaker at Professional Research and Development Meetings around the UK and Europe.
Associate Editor for Chiropractic and Manual Therapy
Reviewer for various Scientific and Clinical Journals

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, elite performance and injury prediction (Rugby, football and numerous other professional sports).
Applications of technology to monitor activity and interpretation of bioelectrical signals.


Recent and on-going collaborations:
Neck injury in elite rugby and other sports: a multidisciplinary collaboration with sports therapy personnel across a range of disciplines including : S Lark, ( New Zealand),. B Zietsman(UK), C King (St Mary’s Twickenham), P Helminen (Finland) and N Tilley (Eire), Collaborating teams have included Bath and Northampton RFCs; Australian Rugby League team, Welsh Touch, collegiate American Football, professional ice hockey teams (UK, Finland), international swimming squads etc. More recently collaboration has included WRU’s female International squad and female Touch Rugby squad, Boxers (Ireland and northern Ireland), Premiership football academies (Swansea, Bournemouth).
Ergonomics of seating and objective factors that affect perceived comfort: Z Liu (Univ. of Harbin, China), V Cascioli (Murdoch University, Western Australia)

PhD collaborations with CMCC Canada, South Bank UK.

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 email directly.

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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