Permanent Visiting Professor, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences     

Prof. Dr. Alan Tennant

T +41 41 939 66 50

Swiss Paraplegic Research, Nottwil, Switzerland


Following a first degree in the social sciences, Alan Tennant pursued a career in social policy research, and then in epidemiology and health services research. He undertook his PhD at Leeds in the area of community re-integration following Traumatic Brain Injury.  In Leeds in 1998 he established the Psychometric Laboratory for Health Sciences, and secured national and European funding for the standardisation and development of outcome measures as applied to medical outcomes. He was appointed to the Chair of Rehabilitation Studies at The University in 2000, and retired with Emeritus status in June 2014. Subsequently he took up an appointment as Senior Advisor with Swiss Paraplegic Research, Switzerland, alongside an existing appointment as Adjunct Professor in the Department of Education at the University of Western Australia.

Author of over 200 peer reviewed papers he remains involved with an extensive teaching and methodological programme for Rasch analysis, and established the ‘Psylab’ group which is now found in several countries.  His continuing research interests centre upon the impact of chronic disease in general, and musculoskeletal and neurological disorders in particular. The research focuses upon implementation of the bio-psychosocial (ICF) model, and the understanding of moderating and mediating effects upon chronic disease outcomes.  Supporting this is his continuing work on standardisation of outcomes to facilitate comparability. He is advisor to several longitudinal studies looking at various aspects of outcome, including the impact of psycho-social mediators, and impact upon job retention.