Dr Adrian Mallows

Senior Lecturer
School of Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences
Dr Adrian Mallows



Adrian joined the University of Essex in 2013. Prior to joining he worked as a physiotherapist for the NHS and in the private sector. He completed his PhD in 2019 exploring cognitive and contextual factors for optimising outcomes for individuals with tendon-related pain.


  • PhD University of Essex,

  • MSc Manual Therapy Manchester Metropolitan University,

  • BSc Physiotherapy Keele University,

  • PgCHE University of Essex,


University of Essex

  • MSc (pre reg) Physiotherapy Programme Lead, University of Essex (1/8/2016 - present)

  • Deputy Director of Education, SRES, University of Essex (1/8/2017 - 1/8/2018)

  • MSc (pre reg) Physiotherapy Admissions Tutor, University of Essex (1/8/2019 - present)

Other academic

  • External Examiner, University of Brighton (1/8/2015 - 1/8/2019)

  • External Examiner, Manchester Metropolitan University (1/10/2019 - present)

Research and professional activities

Research interests


Psychosocial influences on outcomes

Client / Therapist interaction

Conferences and presentations

Education & tendinopathy update

International Scientific Tendinopathy Symposium, 11/11/2023

Managing complexity in Achilles tendinopathy

Invited presentation, AHP Suffolk Symposium: Unravelling the web of MSK care, 15/11/2019

The role of therapeutic alliance and outcome in Achilles tendinopathy

Invited presentation, Annual Conference, St. Mary's Hospital, 23/3/2019

Measuring patient reported outcomes; how useful is the VISA-A?

5th International Scientific Tendinopathy Symposium, University Medical Centre, Groningen, Netherlands, 27/9/2018

Optimising outcomes in common MSK conditions: considering psychological, cognitive & contextual factors

Invited presentation, The Sporting Mind, London, United Kingdom, 22/9/2018

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Applied Anatomy and Pathophysiology (SE117)

  • Physiotherapy Led Assessment (SE118)

  • Understanding Self and Others (SE120)

  • Developing Self and Others (SE231)

  • Physiotherapy Led Interventions (SE232)

  • Promoting Health and Activity (SE233)

  • Research Methods (SE234)

  • Evidencing Practice and Continuing Professional Development (SE314)

  • Research Project (SE343)

  • Applied Anatomy and Pathophysiology (SE751)

  • Understanding Self and Others (SE752)

  • Physiotherapy Led Assessment & Treatment (SE753)

  • Critical Enquiry (SE756)

  • Research Project (SE760)

  • Coaching Practice Placement (SE765)


Journal articles (23)

Mallows, AJ. and Francis-Wright, M., Perceptions of the usefulness of peer coaching to facilitate clinical reasoning – a survey of physiotherapy students. MedEdPublish. 5, 34-34

Merza, EY., Pearson, SJ., Mallows, AJ. and Malliaras, P., (2023). The relationship between psychological, cognitive, and contextual factors and rehabilitation outcomes in Achilles tendinopathy: A prospective feasibility cohort study. Physical Therapy in Sport. 60, 132-140

Black, C., Mallows, A., Waterworth, S., Freeman, P., Hope, E. and Liew, BXW., (2023). A cross-sectional investigation of back pain beliefs and fear in physiotherapy and sport undergraduate students.. PLoS One. 18 (4), e0284754-e0284754

Stubbs, C., Mc Auliffe, S., Chimenti, RL., Coombes, BK., Haines, T., Heales, L., de Vos, R-J., Lehman, G., Mallows, A., Michner, LA., Millar, NBW., O’Neill, S., O’Sullivan, K., Plinsinga, M., Rathleff, M., Rio, E., Ross, M., Roy, J-S., Silbernagel, KG., Thomson, A., Trevail, T., Akker-Scheek, I., Vicenzino, B., Vlaeyen, JWS., Pinto, RZ. and Malliaras, P., (2023). Which psychological and psychosocial constructs are important to measure in future tendinopathy clinical trials? A modified international Delphi study with expert clinician/researchers and people with tendinopathy. Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy. 54 (1), 1-12

Noll, L., Mallows, A. and Moran, J., (2022). Psychosocial barriers and facilitators for a successful return to work following injury within firefighters. International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health. 95 (2), 331-339

Mitham, K., Mallows, A., Yeowell, G. and Littlewood, C., (2022). Management of recent onset tendon‐related pain in a primary contact setting: A survey of practice. Musculoskeletal Care. 20 (1), 86-98

Grävare Silbernagel, K., Malliaras, P., de Vos, R-J., Hanlon, S., Molenaar, M., Alfredson, H., van den Akker-Scheek, I., Antflick, J., van Ark, M., Färnqvist, K., Haleem, Z., Kaux, J-F., Kirwan, P., Kumar, B., Lewis, T., Mallows, A., Masci, L., Morrissey, D., Murphy, M., Newsham-West, R., Norris, R., O’Neill, S., Peers, K., Sancho, I., Seymore, K., Vallance, P., van der Vlist, A. and Vicenzino, B., (2022). ICON 2020—International Scientific Tendinopathy Symposium Consensus: A Systematic Review of Outcome Measures Reported in Clinical Trials of Achilles Tendinopathy. Sports Medicine. 52 (3), 613-641

Mc Auliffe, S., Bisset, L., Chester, R., Coombes, BK., Fearon, A., Kirwan, P., McCreesh, K., Mitham, K., Morrissey, D., O'Neill, S., Ross, MH., Sancho, I., Stephens, G., Vallance, P., van den Akker-Scheek, I., Vicenzino, B., Vuvan, V., Mallows, A., Stubbs, C., Malliaras, P. and Plinsinga, M., (2022). ICON 2020—International Scientific Tendinopathy Symposium Consensus: A Scoping Review of Psychological and Psychosocial Constructs and Outcome Measures Reported in Tendinopathy Clinical Trials. Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy. 52 (6), 375-388

Noll, L., Mitham, K., Moran, J. and Mallows, A., (2022). Identifying current uses of return to work screening tests and their effectiveness of reducing the risk of reinjury in athletic occupations – A systematic review. Physical Therapy in Sport. 58, 141-150

Noll, L., Moran, J. and Mallows, A., (2022). Inter-Rater and Intra-Rater Reliability of Return-to-Work Screening Tests for UK Firefighters Following Injury. Healthcare. 10 (12), 2381-2381

Mitham, K., Mallows, A., Debenham, J., Seneviratne, G. and Malliaras, P., (2021). Conservative management of acute lower limb tendinopathies: A systematic review. Musculoskeletal Care. 19 (1), 110-126

Noll, L., Mallows, A. and Moran, J., (2021). Consensus on tasks to be included in a return to work assessment for a UK firefighter following an injury: an online Delphi study. International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health. 94 (5), 1085-1095

Mallows, A., Head, J., Goom, T., Malliaras, P., O'Neill, S. and Smith, B., (2021). Patient perspectives on participation in exercise-based rehabilitation for Achilles tendinopathy: A qualitative study. Musculoskeletal Science and Practice. 56, 102450-102450

Rio, EK., Stanton, TR., Wand, BM., Debenham, JR., Cook, J., Catley, MJ., Moseley, GL., Butler, P., Cheng, K., Mallows, AJ., Wilson, MVB. and Girdwood, M., (2021). Implicit Motor Imagery of the Foot and Hand in People with Achilles Tendinopathy: A Left Right Judgement Study. Pain Medicine. 22 (12), 2998-3007

Mallows, A., Jackson, J., Littlewood, C. and Debenham, J., (2020). The association of working alliance, outcome expectation, adherence and self‐efficacy with clinical outcomes for Achilles tendinopathy: A feasibility cohort study (the MAP study). Musculoskeletal Care. 18 (2), 169-176

Stubbs, C., Mc Auliffe, S., Mallows, A., O’sullivan, K., Haines, T. and Malliaras, P., (2020). The strength of association between psychological factors and clinical outcome in tendinopathy: A systematic review. PLoS One. 15 (11), e0242568-e0242568

Mallows, A., Littlewood, C., Jackson, J. and Debenham, J., (2019). Managing Achilles Pain (the MAP study) – A process evaluation of data collection methods. Musculoskeletal Science and Practice. 42, 60-66

Head, J., Mallows, A., Debenham, J., Travers, MJ. and Allen, L., (2019). The efficacy of loading programmes for improving patient‐reported outcomes in chronic midportion Achilles tendinopathy: A systematic review. Musculoskeletal Care. 17 (4), 283-299

Mallows, A., Littlewood, C. and Malliaras, P., (2018). Measuring patient-reported outcomes (PROs/PROMs) in people with Achilles tendinopathy: how useful is the VISA-A?. British Journal of Sports Medicine. 52 (19), 1221-1221

Mallows, AJ., Debenham, JR., Malliaras, P., Stace, R. and Littlewood, C., (2018). Cognitive and contextual factors to optimise clinical outcomes in tendinopathy. British Journal of Sports Medicine. 52 (13), 822-823

Drake, C., Mallows, A. and Littlewood, C., (2018). Psychosocial variables and presence, severity and prognosis of plantar heel pain: A systematic review of cross-sectional and prognostic associations. Musculoskeletal Care. 16 (3), 338-338

Mallows, A., Debenham, J., Walker, T. and Littlewood, C., (2017). Association of psychological variables and outcome in tendinopathy: a systematic review. British Journal of Sports Medicine. 51 (9), 743-748

Debenham, J., Butler, P., Mallows, A. and Wand, BM., (2016). Disrupted Tactile Acuity in People With Achilles Tendinopathy: A Preliminary Case-Control Investigation. Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy. 46 (12), 1061-1064

Grants and funding


PhD Studentship - Connect Health

Connect Health


Do working alliance, patient outcome expectations and self-efficacy predict changes in pain and disability from treatment for Achilles tendinopathy?

Chartered Society of Physiotherapy Charitable Trust

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