Dr Rachael Cubberley

Interim Head, School of Allied Health

Medical Technology Research Centre

Faculty:Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care

School:School of Allied Health

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Allied and public health

Research Supervision:Yes

Rachael is Interim Head of the School of Allied Health, with a research background in molecular biology and drug discovery prior to retraining as a physiotherapist and specialising in musculoskeletal assessment and treatment.



Rachael worked as a Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy and Sports Therapy at the University of Bedfordshire prior to joining Anglia Ruskin University.

Rachael’s early career was spent in the genomics and pharmaceutical research and development industry, researching the genetic causes of conditions such as type 2 diabetes, obesity and Alzheimer’s.

Before working in academia, Rachael ran her own private physiotherapy practice specialising in musculoskeletal injuries and worked within the NHS at the Cambridge and Peterborough Foundation Trust, providing physiotherapy treatment to patients with personality disorders.

Research interests

  • Exercise interventions for individuals living with dementia
  • Strategies to promote improved mental health and wellness

Areas of research supervision

  • Musculoskeletal injury prevention and management


  • BSc (Hons) Applied Biology, University of East London
  • MSc Physiotherapy, University of Essex
  • PhD Biological Sciences, University of Warwick
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Performance, University of Bedfordshire

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Governor for Cambridge University Hospital
  • Sits on the Cambridge and Peterborough ICS Allied Health Professions Council
  • Member of Chartered Society of Physiotherapy
  • Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Member of the Association of Chartered Physiotherapist in Sports and Exercise Medicine