Dawn originally got her first degree in Human Sciences at University College London in 1990 and her PhD in Human and Applied Physiology (Strength, Power and Functional Ability of Healthy Older People) and graduated in 1995. She worked at the Human Performance Laboratory at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Stanmore and then at University College London before becoming the first recipient of the Research into Ageing Queen Mother Research Fellowships. She undertook her fellowship at St Mary’s Paddington and specialised in exercise interventions to reduce falls. She then moved into practice by becoming a Falls Researcher in the NHS at Merton, Sutton and Wandsworth Health Authority. She then took on the role of Scientific Co-ordinator of the EC funded ProFaNE (Prevention of Falls Network Europe) project at the University of Manchester. She is a commissioned author for the World Health Organisation and the Department of Health. She also runs training courses to move research into practice with allied health professionals and fitness instructors.
Interested in future research on physical activity or exercise interventions in dementia, heart failure, diabetes, stroke. Also interested in the role of vision, lower urinary tract symptoms and feet in falls risk and activity avoidance.
Stevens Z, Barlow C, Kendrick D et al. Effectiveness of general practice-based exercise promotion for older adults: a systematic review. Primary Health Care Research & Development. Mar 18:1-12. [Epub ahead of print] doi:10.1017/S1463423613000017
Stanmore E, Oldham J, Skelton DA, et al. Risk factors for falls in adults with rheumatoid arthritis: A prospective study. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2013 Feb 22. doi: 10.1002/acr.21987. [Epub ahead of print].
Uzor S, Baillie L, Skelton DA, Rowe PJ. Falls prevention advice and visual feedback to those at risk of falling: study protocol for a pilot randomized controlled trial. Trials 2013, 14:79 doi:10.1186/1745-6215-14-79.
Muhaidat J, Kerr A, Evans JJ, Skelton DA. Exploring Gait-related Dual Task Tests in Community-dwelling Fallers and non-faller: A pilot study. Physiotherapy Theory & Practice, 2012. In press. Print Aug 2013, Online early Mar 2013.
Muhaidat J, Kerr A, Evans JJ, Skelton DA. The test-retest reliability of gait-related dual task performance in community-dwelling fallers and non-fallers. Gait Posture. 2012 Nov 9. doi:pii: S0966-6362(12)00384-0. 10.1016/j.gaitpost.2012.10.011. [Epub ahead of print].
Stanmore E, Oldham J, Skelton DA, et al. Fall incidence and outcomes of falls in a prospective study of adults with rheumatoid arthritis. Arthritis Care & Research online early access DOI: 10.1002/acr.21892.
Brovold T, Skelton DA, Bergland A. The Efficacy of Counselling and Progressive Resistance Home- Exercises on Health-Related Quality of Life and Function after Discharge from a Geriatric Day-Hospital. Arch Gerontology and Geriatrics. 2012. 55(2):453-9.
Mutrie N, Doolin O, Fitzsimons C et al. Increasing older adults’ walking through primary care: Results of a pilot randomised controlled trial. Family Practice 2012; doi: 10.1093/fampra/cms038.
Horne M, Skelton DA, Speed S, Todd C. Attitudes and beliefs to the uptake and maintenance of physical activity among community-dwelling South Asians aged 60-70 years: A qualitative study. Public Health. 2012; 126(5):417-23.
Whitehead S, Nyman S, Skelton DA, et al. The quality of websites offering falls related advice to older members of the public and their families: a systematic style review. Health Informatics Journal. 2012; 18 (1): 50-65.
Perry L, Kendrick D, Morris R, et al. Completion and Return of Fall Diaries Varies With Participants’ Level of Education, First Language, and Baseline Fall Risk. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2012: 67A(2): 210-214.
Hawley H, Skelton DA, Campbell MC, Todd CJ. Are the attitudes of exercise instructors who work with older adults influenced by training and personal characteristics? J Aging Phys Act. 2012; 20: 47-63.
Billis E, Strimpakos N, Kapreli E, et al. Cross-cultural validation of the Greek version of the Functional Falls Efficacy Scale International (FES-I) in Greek community-dwelling older adults. Disabil Rehabil. 2011; 33 (19): 1776-1784.
Howe TE, Rochester L, Neil F, Skelton DA, Ballinger C. Exercise for improving balance in older people. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2011, Issue 11. Art. No.: CD004963. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD004963.pub3.
Tierney S, Marras M, Skelton D, et al. What can we learn from patients with heart failure about exercise adherence? A systematic review of qualitative papers. Health Psychol. 2011; 30 (4): 401-410.
Muhaidat J, Kerr A, Rafferty D, Skelton DA, Evans JJ. Measuring Foot Placement and Clearance during Stair Descent: Technical Report. Gait & Posture, 2011; 33: 504-506. IF 2.743
MacMillan F, Fitzsimons C, Black K, et al. West End Walkers 65+: A randomised controlled trial of a primary care-based walking intervention for older adults: Study rationale and design. BMC Public Health 2011, 11:120 http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2458/11/120
Muhaidat J, Skelton DA, Kerr A, et al. Older adults’ experiences and perceptions of dual tasking:. British Journal of Occupational Therapy 2010; 73(9): 405-412.
Iliffe S, Kendrick D, Morris R, Skelton D et al. Multi-centre cluster randomised trial comparing a community group exercise programme with home based exercise with usual care for people aged 65 and over in primary care: protocol of the ProAct 65+ trial. Trials; 2010; 11: 6-10 [Highly accessed].
Nicolai S, Benzinger P, Skelton DA, Aminian K, Becker C, Lindemann U. Day-to-Day Variability of Physical Activity of Older Adults Living in the Community. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity 2010;18, 75-86
Horne M, Skelton D, Speed S, Todd C. The influence of primary health care professionals in encouraging exercise and physical activity uptake among White and South Asian older adults: experiences of young older adults. Patient Education and Counseling 2010;78;97-103
Horne M, Speed S, Skelton DA, Todd C. What do community dwelling Caucasian and South Asian 60-70 year olds think about exercise for fall prevention? Age and Ageing 2009;38: 68-73
Zijlstra A, Ufkes T, Skelton DA, Lundin-Olsson L, Zijlstra W. Do dual tasks have an added value over single tasks for balance assessment in fall prevention programs? Gerontology 2008;54:40-49
Skelton DA, Todd C. Prevention of Falls Network Europe: A Thematic Network aimed at introducing good practice in effective falls prevention across Europe. Three years on. Journal of Musculoskeletal and Neuronal Interactions 2007;7(3):273-278
Skelton DA, Dinan SM, Campbell MG, Rutherford OM. Tailored Group Exercise (Falls Management Exercise - FaME) reduces falls in community-dwelling older frequent fallers (an RCT). Age and Ageing 2005;34: 636-639.
Jørstad-Stein EC, Hauer K, Becker C, Bonnefoy M, Nakash RA, Skelton DA, Lamb SE. Suitability of physical activity questionnaires for older adults in fall prevention intervention trials: a systematic review. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity. 13 (4); 461-481.
Nandy S, Parsons S, Cryer C, Underwood M, Rashbrooke E, Carter Y, Eldridge S, Close J, Skelton D, Taylor S, Feder G, on behalf of the falls prevention pilot steering group. Development and preliminary examination of the predictive validity of the Falls Risk Assessment Tool (FRAT) for use in primary care. Journal Public Health 2004;26(2):138-43
James L, Onambele G, Woledge R, Skelton D, Woods D, Eleftheriou K, Hawe E, Humphries SE, Haddad F, Montgomery H. IL-6–174G/C genotype is associated with the bone mineral density response to oestrogen replacement therapy in post-menopausal women. European Journal Applied Physiology 2004;92: 227–230
Skelton DA, Kennedy J, Rutherford OM. Asymmetry in Muscle Strength And Explosive Power Amongst Community Dwelling Frequent Fallers And Non-Fallers Aged Over 65 . Age and Ageing 2002;31: 119-125
Ballinger CB, Neil F, Howe T, Skelton DA, Palmer S, Gray L. A Qualitative Evidence Synthesis of the Views and Experiences of Older People with Visual Impairment about Interventions to Reduce Falls. Report to the Thomas Pocklington Trust. 2009.
Skelton DA, Neil F. An Evaluation of the Greater Glasgow and Clyde Falls and Bone Health Strategy, Report to the Reseach Assessment Directorate of NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde. 2009.
Skelton DA, Dinan SM, Laventure RM. Exercise Prescription for Older People. In: AÑO GERONTOLÓGICO, Fundació Institut de l’Envelliment, Barcelona. 2010.
Skelton DA, Dinan SM. Ageing and older people. In: Buckley JP, ed, Exercise physiology in special populations. Advances in Sport and Exercise Science. Elsevier Books: Edinburgh, 2008; pp 161-223. ISBN 978 0 443 10343 8
Onambele-Pearson G, Skelton DA. Exercise and Bone Health. In: Lanham-New S, O'Neill T, Morris R, Skelton D, Sutcliffe A (eds). Managing Osteoporosis. Oxford: Clinical Publishing, 2007; pp 151-168. ISBN 1 904392 73 3
Skelton DA, Blundell A. Exercise and Cardiovascular Health. In: Lanham-New S, O'Neill T, Morris R, Skelton D, Sutcliffe A (eds). Managing Osteoporosis. Oxford: Clinical Publishing, 2007; pp 137-149. ISBN 1 904392 73 3
Dinan S, Skelton D, Malbut K. Aerobic Endurance Training In: Physical Activity Instruction of Older Adults. Eds. Jones J and Rose D. Human Kinetics Books, Champaign, Illinois, USA, 2004. Pp 191-210. ISBN: 0736045139