Dr Dimitra Nikoletou


I am research lead for the department of Rehabilitation Sciences and director of postgraduate research degrees for the Joint Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education, Kingston University and St George's University of London.  I joined the Faculty in 2003, having worked previously in NHS hospitals in Scotland and England and as a research physiotherapist at King's College London.

I co-lead the Inclusive Health and Wellbeing Research group (https://www.healthcare.ac.uk/research/inclusive-health-and-wellbeing-research-group/) a multidisciplinary group of 23 allied health academics and NHS researchers, including NIHR fellows at different career stages, that focuses on research in rare diseases, global health and hard-to-reach populations as well as people at transitional stages in their life.  In 2016, I co-founded the St George's Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD) Support Group (https://ildgroupstgeorges.com/ ), a group dedicated to providing support and information to people living with ILD and their families.

My research interests lie in the field of clinical exercise physiology and exercise prescription for people with non-communicable pulmonary and cardiac conditions, with a particular focus on Rare Diseases. I have experience supervising PhD and other research degree students and welcome good quality candidates interested to pursue research in this field.

Academic responsibilities

Associate Professor


  • PhD in Respiratory Medicine, King's College London
  • MSc in Bioengineering, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow
  • PGCert in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, Kingston University, London
  • BSc in Physiotherapy, Technological Educational Institution (TEI), Athens

Teaching and learning

Module Leadership:

- Cardiac Rehabilitation in athletes and patients with cardiac disorders-  MSc module MSc Sports Cardiology (SGUL- https://www.sgul.ac.uk/study/courses/sports-cardiology), MSc Heart Failure (SGUL) and

- Research Projects - MSc Global Health (SGUL https://www.sgul.ac.uk/study/courses/global-health) 

Qualifications and expertise

  • Higher Education Academy Fellowship (FHEA)

Undergraduate courses taught

Postgraduate courses taught


My research contributes to the field of clinical exercise prescription and management of people with non-communicable pulmonary and cardiac disease, with a specific focus on rare diseases.  My work explores rehabilitation, the physiological effects of exercise and service provision in rare pulmonary and cardiac conditions and the use of innovative digital technologies to overcome barriers when accessing exercise-based rehabilitation programmes

Grants and funding:

-  2018-19: Principal Investigator-KU Industrial strategy funding: 'Health boxing' game; Development and initial evaluation of the physiological effects of an innovative rehabilitation tool for healthy ageing'- £14,326

- 2019- Friends of St George's- Funding towards the 'St George's Interstitial Lung Disease Support group' - £1,500.

- 2014-2016:  Co-PI and budget holder: NIHR Research for Patient Benefit: Feasibility of high intensity interval training in pulmonary rehabilitation programmes for patients with interstitial lung disease and preliminary efficacy of its long term benefits'-  £214,281

-  2016- British Lung Foundation Start-up grant- Awarded to support the development of the 'St George's Interstitial Lung Disease Support Group'- £300

- 2015-2016: Principal Investigator-FHSCE Small grants scheme: Toward a model of self-management: Identifying gaps and needs in services for patients with interstitial lung disease (ILD). - £3,998

-2015- Joint PI. Research capital funding- Funding for specialist equipment for a human performance lab. £30, 546

Research student supervision

Main supervision

Other supervision


Number of items: 36.


Belogianni, Katerina, Ooms, Ann, Ahmed, Hafez, Nikoletou, Dimitra, Grant, Robert, Makris, Dimitrios and Moir, Hannah J. (2019) Rationale and design of an online educational program using game-based learning to improve nutrition and physical activity outcomes among university students in the United Kingdom. Journal of the American College of Nutrition, 38(1), pp. 23-30. ISSN (print) 0731-5724

Kissel, Christine K. and Nikoletou, Dimitra (2018) Cardiac rehabilitation and exercise prescription in symptomatic patients with non-obstructive coronary artery disease - a systematic review. Current Treatment Options in Cardiovascular Medicine, 20(78), ISSN (print) 1092-8464

Summers, Rachael, Ballinger, Claire, Nikoletou, Dimitra, Garrod, Rachel, Bruton, Anne and Leontowitsch, Miranda (2017) Giving hope, ticking boxes or securing services? A qualitative study of respiratory physiotherapists’ views on goal-setting with people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Clinical Rehabilitation, 31(7), pp. 978-991. ISSN (print) 0269-2155

Kulnik, Stefan T. and Nikoletou, Dimitra (2017) A qualitative study of views on disability and expectations from community rehabilitation service users. Health and Social Care in the Community, 25(1), pp. 43-53. ISSN (print) 0966-0410

Nikoletou, Dimitra, Man, William D-C., Mustfa, Naveed, Moore, Julie, Rafferty, Gerrard, Grant, Robert L., Johnson, Lorna and Moxham, John (2016) Evaluation of the effectiveness of a home-based inspiratory muscle training programme in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease using multiple inspiratory muscle tests. Disability and Rehabilitation, 38(3), pp. 250-259. ISSN (print) 0963-8288

Nikoletou, D., Rafferty, G., Man, W.D.-C., Mustfa, N., Donaldson, N., Grant, R.L., Johnson, L. and Moxham, M. (2014) Sniff nasal inspiratory pressure in patients with moderate-to-severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: learning effect and short-term between-session repeatability. Respiration, 88(5), ISSN (print) 0025-7931

Kulnik, Stefan T. and Nikoletou, Dimitra (2014) WHODAS 2.0 in community rehabilitation: a qualitative investigation into the validity of a generic patient-reported measure of disability. Disability and Rehabilitation, 36(2), pp. 146-154. ISSN (print) 0963-8288

Corner, E. J., Englebretsen, C. [Research team member], Thomas, A. [Research team member], Grant, R. L. [Scientific advisor], Nikoletou, D. [Scientific advisor] and Soni, N. [Scientific advisor] (2013) The Chelsea critical care physical assessment tool (CPAx): validation of an innovative new tool to measure physical morbidity in the general adult critical care population; an observational proof-of-concept pilot study. Physiotherapy, 99(1), pp. 33-41. ISSN (print) 0031-9406

Corner, E J, Wood, H, Englebretsen, C, Boot, S and Nikoletou, D (2010) P248 Measuring physical recovery in the critical care population: development of the Chelsea Critical Care Physical Assessment Tool (CPAX). Thorax, 65(S4), A181. ISSN (print) 0040-6376

Man, W. D-C., Hopkinson, N.S., Harraf, F., Nikoletou, D., Polkey, M. I. and Moxham, J. (2005) Abdominal muscle and quadriceps strength in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Thorax, 60(9), pp. 718-722. ISSN (print) 0040-6376

Nikoletou, Dimitra (2005) Respiratory muscle training (RMT): principles and considerations for clinical applications. Journal of the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Respiratory Care, 37, pp. 71-74.

Man, W D C, Mustfa, N, Nikoletou, D, Kaul, S, Hart, N, Rafferty, G F, Donaldson, N, Polkey, M I and Moxham, J (2004) Effect of salmeterol on respiratory muscle activity during exercise in poorly reversible COPD. Thorax, 59(6), pp. 471-476. ISSN (print) 0040-6376

Mustfa, N., Aiello, M., Nikoletou, D., Olivieri, D., Leigh, P.N., Davidson, A.C., Polkey, M.I. and Moxham, J. (2003) Cough augmentation in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Neurology, 61(9), pp. 1285-1287. ISSN (print) 0028-3878

Man, W D-C, Soliman, M G G, Nikoletou, D, Harris, M L, Rafferty, G F, Mustfa, N, Polkey, M I and Moxham, J (2003) Non-volitional assessment of skeletal muscle strength in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Thorax, 58(8), pp. 665-669. ISSN (print) 0040-6376

Hawkins, P, Johnson, L C, Nikoletou, D, Hamnegard, C-H, Sherwood, R, Polkey, M I and Moxham, J (2002) Proportional assist ventilation as an aid to exercise training in severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Thorax, 57(10), pp. 853-859. ISSN (print) 0040-6376

Conference or Workshop Item

Lyngby, Rasmus Meyer, Clark, Lyra, Kjølbye, Julie Samsøe, Oelrich, Roselil Maria, Silver, Annemarie, Christensen, Helle Collatz, Barfod, Charlotte, Lippert, Freddy, Nikoletou, Dimitra, Quinn, Tom and Folke, Fredrik (2020) Greater guideline adherence with use of real-time ventilation feedback during out-of-hospital cardiac arrest : a randomized simulation trial. In: RESUSCITATION2020; 22 - 24 October, Virtual. ISSN (print) 0300-9572

Nikoletou, D, Dudziec, M., Makris, D., Bloom, V., Papadakis, M. and Quinn, T. (2019) Health boxing for cardiac rehabilitation : evaluation of cardiorespiratory and balance responses to a non-contact boxing game. In: Human Motion Analysis for Healthcare Applications; 26 Jun 2019, London, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Lyngby, RM, Quinn, T, Nikoletou, D and Folke, F (2019) Does unguided cardio-pulmonary-resuscitation in copenhagen achieve high quality recommendations? In: Emergency Medical Services Congress 2019 (EMS2019); 26 - 28 Apr, Madrid, Spain. (Unpublished)

Nikoletou, D., Chis-Ster, I., Papadakis, M., Lech, C.Y., McNaughton, I.S., Chua, F., Aul, R. and Jones, P. (2019) Differences in symptoms and cardiopulmonary responses to Treadmill versus Cycle cardiopulmonary exercise testing and comparison with the 6MWT in ILD. In: 8th International Meeting on Pulmonary Rare Diseases and Orphan Drugs; 01 - 02 Mar 2019, Milan, Italy. (Unpublished)

Channon, K., Reilly, C. C., Massey-Chase, R., Elston, C. and Nikoletou, D. (2018) Are goal-focused, motivational text messages effective at improving patients' beliefs in their own ability (self-efficacy) to complete inhaled therapies in adults with cystic fibrosis. In: 41st European Cystic Fibrosis Conference; 06 - 09 June 2018, Belgrade, Serbia. (Unpublished)

Hill-Cottingham, C. and Nikoletou, D. (2016) Are acute brain injury rehabilitation guidelines applied to people with brain injury after cardiac arrest? In: 4th European Congress of the European Region of the World Confederation of Physical Therapy (ER-WCPT); 11-12 Nov 2016, Liverpool, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Nikoletou, Dimitra (2016) Are there differences in adherence to home-based, inspiratory muscle training programmes between athletes and non-athletes? Implications for designing community based rehabilitation programmes for respiratory patients. In: 2nd International Conference and Expo on Novel Physiotherapies; 09-11 Jun 2016, London, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Nikoletou, Dimitra, Lech, Carmen, MacNaughton, Iain, Chis-Ster, Irina, Chua, Felix, Aul, Raminder and Jones, Paul W. (2016) High intensity interval versus moderate intensity continuous training in a pulmonary rehabilitation programme for patients with interstitial lung disease. In: ATS 2016: American Thoracic Society International Conference; 13-18 May 2016, San Francisco, U.S.A..

McGlone, Emma Rose, Volpe, Marcia, Roman, Alexandrina, Nikoletou, Dimitra, Reddy, Marcus and Khan, Omar (2016) Predicting maximal oxygen uptake (VO2 max) in the morbidly obese. In: 7th BOMSS Annual Scientific Meeting; 28-29 Jan 2016, Cardiff, U.K..

Koulopoulou, Maria, Chua, Felix, Koutoumanou, Eirini, Narayan, Srividya and Nikoletou, Dimitra (2016) Inspiratory muscle training (IMT) in interstitial lung disease (ILD) - A pilot study. In: ERS International Congress 2016; 03-07 Sep 2017, London, U.K..

Al Tamimi, M., Hussain, A., Younis, A., Abdulahad, N. and Nikoletou, D. (2014) Perceptions about exercise and pulmonary rehabilitation in two Arabic Gulf countries (Iraq and State of Qatar); a qualitative study in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and their health care providers. In: ERS International Congress 2014; 06-10 Sep 2014, Munich, Germany. (Unpublished)

Al-Tamimi, Mouath, Hussain, Aisha, Younis, Ahmed, Abdulahad, Nameer and Nikoletou, Dimitra (2014) COPD patients' satisfaction with the quality and methods of current information delivery by health care providers at Hamad Medical Corporation; focused insight into patients' voice to improve quality of services. In: Middle East Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare 2014: Empowering Patient Care Improvement; 25-27 Apr 2014, Doha, Qatar. (Unpublished)

Al-Tamimi, M., Hussain, A., Younis, A., Abdulahad, N. and Nikoletou, D. (2014) Perceptions about exercise and pulmonary rehabilitation programmes in Qatar; a qualitative study in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients and their respiratory clinicians. In: GulfThoracic Congress 2014: The 5th Annual Congress of the Saudi Thoracic Society & the Emirates Allergy and Respiratory Society; 13-15 Mar 2014, Dubai, U.A.E.. (Unpublished)

Summers, Rachael, Ballinger, Claire, Nikoletou, Dimitra, Garrod, Rachel and Leontowitsch, Miranda (2013) 'I don't have the luxury of time': Influences on collaborative goal-setting with people with stable COPD: respiratory physiotherapists' views. In: Physiotherapy UK 2013 Conference & Trade Exhibition; 11-12 Oct 2013, Birmingham, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Summers, Rachael, Ballinger, Claire, Nikoletou, Dimitra, Garrod, Rachel and Leontowitsch, Miranda (2013) A 'Light at the end of the tunnel' or a 'Tick box exercise'? Respiratory physiotherapists' perspectives on goal setting. In: Physiotherapy UK 2013 Conference & Trade Exhibition; 11-12 Oct 2013, Birmingham, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Nikoletou, D., Chua, F. and Jones, P. (2013) High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) in pulmonary rehabilitation for ILD. In: RDS Open Day Celebration Event 2013; Oct 2013, London, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Kulnik, Stefan Tino and Nikoletou, Dimitra (2012) WHODAS 2.0 in community rehabilitation a qualitative exploration of content and construct validity of a generic disability measure. In: 18th European Congress of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine; 28 May - 01 Jun 2012, Thessaloniki, Greece. (Unpublished)

Nikoletou, Dimitra, Rafferty, Gerrard, Grant, Robert and Moxham, John (2011) The short-term, between-session reproducibility of sniff nasal pressure (SnPnas) in COPD patients; implications for baseline measurements prior to rehabilitation programmes. In: Congress of the World Confederation for Physical Therapy; 20-23 June 2011, Amsterdam, Holland. (Unpublished)

Nikoletou, D., Hart, N., Jackson, S.H.D., Polkey, M.I. and Moxham, J. (2002) Effect of ageing on respiratory muscle endurance. In: Annual Congress 2002; 14-18 Sep 2002, Stockholm, Sweden. (Unpublished)

Sandham, William, Nikoletou, Dimitra, Hamilton, David, Paterson, Ken, Japp, Alan and McGregor, Catriona (1998) Blood glucose prediction for diabetes therapy using a recurrent artificial neural network. In: EUSIPCO-98: Ninth European Signal Processing Conference; 08-11 Sep 1998, Rhodes, Greece.


Nikoletou, Dimitra (2010) Respiratory muscle endurance, fatigue and training in COPD. (PhD thesis), King's College London, .

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Professional practice, knowledge exchange and impact

Professional and scholarly affiliations

  • Co-founder and clinical liaison lead-St George's Interstitial Lung Disease support group (https://ildgroupstgeorges.com/ )
  • External advisor (health)-Ethics committee- University of the Arts, London.
  • Member-Pan London Cardiac rehabilitation steering group

Leadership and management

Research leadership:

- Research group co-lead: Inclusive Health and wellbeing research group

Module Leadership:

- Cardiac Rehabilitation in athletes and patients with cardiac disorders-  MSc module MSc Sports Cardiology (SGUL- https://www.sgul.ac.uk/study/courses/sports-cardiology), MSc Heart Failure (SGUL) 

- Research Projects - MSc Global Health (SGUL https://www.sgul.ac.uk/study/courses/global-health)

University responsibilities

  • Faculty director of postgraduate research degrees (2017-2020)
  • Course Director- MSc Physiotherapy pre-registration (interim-2020)

Public and CIVIC roles

  • Co-founder and clinical liaison lead- St George's Interstitial lung disease support group

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