Dr Chris Kay is a Senior Research Fellow working with Carnegie Great Outdoors. He predominantly works with wounded, injured and sick military personnel on a project called Battle Back. This is delivered and researched by our staff on behalf of The Royal British Legion. At The Battle Back Centre, week long courses are delivered that encompass adaptive adventurous training and personal development for military personnel who are recovering from injury or illness. Chris oversees the longevity research which is conducted in line with these courses, gathering information to understand what part these experiences have in facilitating the participant’s recovery.
He is a Neurobiologist and holds a PhD in the neurophysiology of pain processing in the spinal cord from The University of Leeds. Alongside his career in scientific research he has worked professionally as a rock climbing, mountaineering, kayaking and mountain biking instructor since 2007.
Chris’s research concerns the way in which participating in structured adapted outdoor and adventurous activities helps facilitate recovery, personal growth and aspects of psychological and physiological wellbeing.
In all instances, the adventurous activities are utilised a tool to contextualise teaching that promotes self reliance. It serves to educate participants in order to provide them with strategies and knowledge to help them make a positive approach to their recovery or personal development.