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Dr Cheryl D Metcalf


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I am a Lecturer in Biomechanics and an Enterprise Fellow in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Southampton and a Visiting Research Fellow in the Faculty of Physical and Applied Sciencesat the University. I also held a prestigious Research Council's (UK) Roberts Fellowship in Life Sciences Interfaces. Much of my research is working at the interface between engineering and rehabilitation. During my PhD I investigated the relationship between movement and function of the wrist and hand. I focused on investigating the differences in wrist movements and hand function between unimpaired and chronic stroke participants.


Research interests

I work specifically on the evaluation and validation of health technologies. I am particularly interested in technologies that measure movement and function, and developing novel methods of capturing this information. I believe that in order to facilitate the next generation of healthcare provision, health technologies must be capable of capturing and presenting clinically useful, personalised information to both rehabilitationalists, patients and carers in environments that go beyond the traditional rehabilitation clinic.

I specialise in the kinematic and biomechanical assessment of hand function and I hold a patent in this field. I also work on projects investigating the use of smart textiles for rehabilitation, user-led design and evaluation of haptic devices, prosthetics, body sensor networks for patient monitoring in their home environments and health technology evaluation and assessment.

Videos of my hand biomechanics research, plus other exciting work from our Biomechanics Laboratory can be viewed here:



2011 : Annual Adventures in Research Award (UoS) - Iterative User-Centred Design of a Paediatric Upper Limb Prosthetic Device
2010 : University Research Strategy Group in Health Technologies (UoS) - Funding to run 1st UK Hand & Wrist Biomechanics Meeting
  : Annual Adventures in Research Award (UoS) - Design & Evaluation of Haptic Devices for Hand Rehabilitation from Sensory Deficits due to Neurological Impairment
  : British Limbless Ex Servicemen Association - European Travel Grant
2009 : Centre for Defence Enterprise - Instrumented Stump Sock for Measuring Pressure at the Stump/Sock Interface
  : Wessex Medical Research - Hand opening to grasp virtual objects during reaching tasks in a rehabilitation robot
  : Royal Academy of Engineering - International Travel Grant
  : Ascension Orthopedics Corporation - PIP Joint Replacement Preliminary Study
2007 : Southampton Enterprise Development Fund - SHAP Development and Production
  : Wessex Medical Research - Silver Ring Splints Project



PhD Investigating the Relationship between Movement and Function of the Wrist and Hand: A Clinically Focused Kinematic Study from the University of Southampton

MSc Evolutionary and Adaptive Systems from the University of Sussex

BA (Hons) Computer Studies from the University of Sunderland

Conferences attended



Faculty of Health Sciences Ethics Committee

Southampton Multidisciplinary Reseach Forum (SMuRF) Coordinator


Metcalf, Cheryl, Woodward, Hannah, Wright, Vicky, Chappell, Paul H., Burridge, Jane H. and Yule, Victoria (2008) Changes in hand function with age and normative unimpaired scores when measured with the Southampton Hand Assessment Procedure British Journal of Hand Therapy, 13, (3), pp. 79-83.

Spicka, C., Macleod, C., Adams, J. and Metcalf, Cheryl (2009) Effect of silver ring splints on hand dexterity and grip strength in patients with rheumatoid arthritis: an observational pilot study Hand Therapy, 14, (2), pp. 53-57. (doi:10.1258/ht.2009.009012).

Metcalf, Cheryl, Spicka, C., Adams, J. and MacLeod, C. (2009) Quantifying the effectiveness of silver ring splints to correct swan-neck deformity At 22nd Congress of the International Society of Biomechanics, South Africa. 05 - 09 Jul 2009. 1 pp.

Chappell, Paul, Metcalf, Cheryl, Burridge, Jane, Yule, Victoria and Pickering, R M (2010) Constant angular velocity of the wrist during the lifting of a sphere. Journal of Medical Engineering and Technology, 34, (4), pp. 274-284.

Metcalf, Cheryl and Notley, Scott (2011) Modified Kinematic Technique for Measuring Pathological Hyperextension and Hypermobility of the Interphalangeal Joints IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, 58, (5), pp. 1224-1231. (doi:10.1109/TBME.2011.2106126).

Redman, Thomas, Sims, Tara, Chappell, Paul, Donovan-Hall, Maggie, Cranny, Andy, Metcalf, Cheryl and White, Neil (2011) The design of a myoelectrically controlled hand with multiple actuators for five-year old children At MEC '11 Raising the standard, Canada. 14 - 19 Aug 2011. , pp. 83-86.

Demain, Sara H., Cunningham, Sarah, Metcalf, Cheryl, Zheng, Deyi and Merrett, Geoff V. (2012) A narrative review on haptic devices: relating the physiology and psychophysical properties of the hand to devices for rehabilitation in central nervous system disorders Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology

Adams, J., Ryall, C., Pandyan, A., Metcalf, Cheryl, Stokes, M., Bradley, S. and Warwick, David J. (2012) Proximal interphalangeal joint replacement in patients with arthritis of the hand: a meta-analysis Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, British Volume, 94-B, (10), 1305 -1312. (doi:10.1302/0301-620X.94B10.29035).

Sobey, A.J., Townsend, N.C., Metcalf, Cheryl, Bruce, K.D. and Fazi, Filippo Maria (2013) Incorporation of Early Career Researchers (ECRs) within multidisciplinary research at academic institutions Research Evaluation, 22, (3), pp. 169-178. (doi:10.1093/reseval/rvt004).

Metcalf, Cheryl, Robinson, Rebecca, Malpass, Adam J., Bogle, Tristan P., Dell, Thomas A., Harris, Chris and Demain, Sara H. (2013) Markerless motion capture and measurement of hand kinematics: validation and application to home-based upper limb rehabilitation IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, 60, (8), pp. 2184-2192. (doi:10.1109/TBME.2013.2250286). (PMID:23475333).

Adams, Jo, Macleod, Christina, Metcalf, Cheryl and Spicka, Caroline (2008) ARC silver medal award: a research report on the effectiveness of silver ring splints in preventing proximal interphalangeal joint hyperextension during functional activity The Journal of Rheumatology Occupational Therapy, 23, (1), pp. 19-21.

Rosa, Marlene C., Marques, Alda, Demain, Sara and Metcalf, Cheryl (2013) Lower limb co-contraction during walking in subjects with stroke: a systematic review Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology, pp. 1-10. (doi:10.1016/j.jelekin.2013.10.016). (PMID:24246405).

Rosa, Marlene Cristina Neves, Marques, Alda, Demain, Sara, Metcalf, Cheryl and Rodrigues, João (2013) Methodologies to assess muscle co-contraction during gait in people with neurological impairment – A systematic literature review Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology, S1050-6411. (doi:10.1016/j.jelekin.2013.11.003). (PMID:24295541).

Metcalf, Cheryl D., Irvine, Thomas A., Sims, Jennifer, Wang, Yu L., Su, Alvin W.Y. and Norris, David O. (2014) Complex hand dexterity: a review of biomechanical methods for measuring musical performance Frontiers in Psychology, 5, (414), pp. 1-12. (doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00414). (PMID:24860531).

Phillips, Christopher, Forrester, Alexander, Metcalf, Cheryl, Everitt, Chris, King, Leonard, Warwick, David and Dickinson, Alexander (2017) Generating a musculoskeletal model of the index finger from MR, CT and optical motion capture data 1 pp.

Sims, Tara, Cranny, Andy, Metcalf, Cheryl, Chappell, Paul and Donovan-Hall, Margaret (2017) Participatory design of paediatric upper limb prostheses: qualitative methods and prototyping International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care


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