Dr Emer McGowan, BSc (Physio) PhD, is presently a lecturer at Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin. Dr McGowan is also a Board Member of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists. The fundamental questions that drive Dr McGowan's research are questions of improving the quality of and access to healthcare. She has a specific interest in leadership, leadership development, cultural awareness, refugee health and health service development. Dr McGowan's research aims to improve the health service for both the patients receiving care and the health professionals who work within it. Dr McGowan is a member of the Erasmus+ funded research project, Physiotherapy and Refugees Education Project (PREP). This research project is exploring rehabilitation for refugees with an aim to define competencies needed by physiotherapists working with this population, develop a curriculum for an e-learning module and ultimately make the e-learning module available for physiotherapists. Her recent publications include: McGowan E, Stokes EK (2019) Leadership in physiotherapy: experiences of leaders of physiotherapy professional organisations. BMJ Leader. Vol 3, p115-122. McGowan E et al. (2020) Core competencies for physiotherapists working with refugees: a scoping review. Physiotherapy. Vol 108, p10-21.