Dr Cathy Linaker

Dr Cathy Linaker BN RGN PhD 

Cathy is the Centre Manager and a senior research fellow with a special interest in work and health. She is also the training lead for early career researchers in the Centre.

Cathy graduated in Nursing Studies at the University of Southampton in 1990 and worked as a clinical research nurse in the Department of Medicine at the University of Southampton where she completed a PhD in 1997 that explored the effects of nitrogen dioxide on asthmatic symptoms in school-aged children.

Cathy joined the MRC Centre in Southampton in 1997 and subsequently set up and coordinated a number of large-scale community longitudinal studies of upper limb disorders.  This included the development and piloting of a standardised proforma for the upper limb and neck (the Southampton Examination Schedule) and the subsequent training of other researchers and clinical staff in this technique.

Cathy has also coordinated a number of other occupational studies including: a case-control study of occupational and lifestyle risk factors for carpal tunnel syndrome and a multi-centre randomised controlled trial of physical activity and physiotherapy in the management of distal arm pain; and is a co-investigator on the Health and Employment After Fifty (HEAF) study; a NIHR-funded feasibility trial of Individualised Placement and Support for unemployed people with chronic pain  (InSTEP) and the Well@Work Project with Southampton City Council that aims to provide support to people with musculoskeletal and/or mental health conditions who are at risk of losing their jobs