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Prof. Alan Tennant, BA, PhD., DM (honoris causa)

Emeritus Professor, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine

Leeds Institute of Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Medicine, 

University of Leeds
Woodhouse, Leeds

After graduation with a BA in Social Sciences, Alan Tennant worked in various research posts, including a five-year post in the Department of Sociological Studies at the University of Sheffield. He then went for four years as a Scientific Officer to the Arthritis Research Campaigns Epidemiology Unit at the University of Manchester where he undertook a large-scale population study in arthritis. Thereafter he obtained a series of research fellowships in the Rheumatology & Rehabilitation Research Unit at the University of Leeds, later within the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine.

He continued his epidemiological interests with another population study on stroke and arthritis, and at the same time gained his PhD in health services research on community reintegration following head injury. He was appointed to the Chair of Rehabilitation Studies in 2000, being at that time the Chief Investigator in a European Commission funded project on standardising outcome measurement in rehabilitation. It was during that project that he developed a group across Europe that shared an interest in teaching and applying modern psychometric measurement to health outcomes, a group that continues to this day. He was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Medicine (DM) by the University of Gothenburg in 2012 for his work on health outcomes and international collaboration.  


He retired in June 2014 from Leeds University with Emeritus status in the Leeds Institute of Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Medicine. He then took up an appointment as a part-time Senior Advisor with Swiss Paraplegic Research, Switzerland until the end of 2018, together with a permanent visiting professorship at the University of Luzern over the same period. He had also held a visiting professorship at Murdoch University in Western Australia, and the University of Western Australia, the latter until 2018. He has authored over 250 peer reviewed papers including population-based studies in Arthritis and Stroke, clinical epidemiological studies in arthritis and various neurological disorders, and over 120 papers applying the Rasch measurement model in health outcomes.


His roles in the TONiC study include epidemiologist, health services researcher and psychometrician.

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