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Catherine Hennessy

Catherine Hennessy

Catherine Hennessy

Teaching Fellow in Anatomy
T: +44 (0)1273 678037
Location: BSMS Teaching Building, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton, BN1 9PX

Area of expertise: Musculoskeletal anatomy

Research areas: The use of social media and learning technologies in medical education.



Catherine Hennessy completed a BSc (Hons) in Exercise and Sport Rehabilitation in 2006 after which she spent five years working privately in the sports injury field in Ireland. In 2011 Catherine moved to Edinburgh to work with the military as a rehabilitation therapist before deciding to change career paths and to university. In 2013, she graduated with a MSc in Human Anatomy which allowed her to remain at the University of Edinburgh as an Anatomy Teaching Assistant for a short period before being appointed as an Anatomy Teaching Fellow at the University of Southampton, later that year.

Catherine took up a new Anatomy Teaching Fellow position at Brighton Sussex Medical School in 2015.


Catherine is investigating how social media (and in particular Twitter) can be used to enhance the student experience in medical education. With students and medical educators being required to become increasingly more digitally literate, Catherine is investigating whether social media can be incorporated into medical education to prepare students for their future professions.



Catherine teaches anatomy across all Year 1 and 2 modules. From 2016/17 she will lead anatomy teaching for module 103, which focuses on the thorax.

Catherine regularly teaches on external anatomy courses for Osteopaths, Sports Therapists, Physiotherapists, Radiologists and Rheumatologists.

Selected publications

Hennessy C, Kirkpatrick E, Smith C, Border S. Can Twitter be used to enhance the Student Experience of Learning of Neuroanatomy in Medical Education?. Anatomical Sciences Education. (In press)

Fergusson S, Aka J, Hennessy C, Wilson A, Gillingwater T, Parson S et al. Utility of an Audience Response System in Anatomy Education: A Randomised Controlled Trial. Biomed Central. (In review)

Hennessy C, Border S. Using Social Media as an Educational Tool: The Potential Role of Twitter in Enhancing the Student Learning Experience in Neuro/anatomy. The Journal of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology. 2015;29(1). Supplement LB12

Hennessy C, Kinsella S. Comparative Comfort of Three Pulse Durations used in Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES) of Healthy and Unhealthy Peroneal Tendons. Physiotherapy Ireland. 2008;29(1).