Katie Powers - The Inaugural Newell Scholar 2018

Katie Powers ONF PlaqueOn 30th June 2018 Katie Powers became the first Newell Scholar at the ONF Trustees meeting. 

The Ossie Newell Foundation is very pleased to help fund Katie’s PhD research linked to the broader Return To Work After Stroke project. Thank you to everyone who has helped to raise funds over the past 21 months to make this possible. This is a very important day in the history of the Ossie Newell Foundation as we make the first step of many towards improving the lives of stroke survivors and their families through this important research.

Katie Powers was born and raised in Washington D.C. in the United States of America. She lived there until she was 17 when she was offered a scholarship to the University of Nottingham. During her undergraduate degree, Katie joined the rowing team as a coxswain where she competed nationally and internationally. After three years of balancing her studies, rowing and various paid and voluntary roles, Katie graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience. Over the course of her degree, Katie became interested in acquired brain injury, specifically stroke. Following her graduation, she balanced a part-time job at a local cinema and a part-time job at King’s Mill Hospital working in the Radiology Department. It was in her role at King’s Mill where Katie realised she wanted to work with stroke survivors to help improve their lives after their stroke. She applied and was accepted to the University of Nottingham’s MSc Rehabilitation Psychology programme which she took on part-time. Whilst completing her MSc, she secured a job as a Research Assistant in the Nottingham Clinical Trials Unit conducting neurodevelopmental assessments for a pilot trial involving babies born very preterm.

Katie is currently employed on the Return to Work After Stroke (RETAKE) study as a research assistant. Katie’s research interests are in improving complex rehabilitation stroke trials. She is excited to begin her PhD within the University of Nottingham’s Division of Rehabilitation and Ageing as the first Newell Scholar. Katie’s PhD will explore patient and therapist attributes and whether those attributes affect patient and trial outcomes within a complex stroke rehabilitation trial.
In her spare time Katie is a keen runner, plays the cello and volunteers with a local charity for families in need. She also enjoys travelling, often to visit her family back in America.