Prof Madeleine Grealy

Head Of School

School of Psychological Sciences and Health

Personal statement

Madeleine joined Strathclyde in March 2000 having previously worked at the University of Glasgow, the University of Edinburgh and the MRC Human Movement and Balance Unit in London. Her research interests are in the areas of perception and motor control. She is a Chartered Psychologist and an HCPC registered Sport and Exercise Psychologist and she is also interested in developing exercise rehabilitation programmes for people with brain injuries.


Towards a shared ontology : a generic classification of cognitive processes in conceptual design
Hay Laura, Duffy Alexander, McTeague Christopher, Pidgeon Laura, Vuletic Tijana, Grealy Madeleine
Design Science, (2017)
The effects of increased body temperature on motor control during golf putting
Mathers John F., Grealy Madeleine A.
Frontiers in Psychology Vol 7, (2016)
Functional neuroimaging of visual creativity : a systematic review and meta-analysis
Pidgeon Laura M., Grealy Madeleine, Duffy Alex H.B., Hay Laura, McTeague Christopher, Vuletic Tijana, Coyle Damien, Gilbert Sam J.
Brain and Behavior, (2016)
A systematic review of protocol studies on conceptual design cognition
Hay Laura, McTeague Christopher, Duffy Alex H. B., Pidgeon Laura M., Vuletic Tijana, Grealy Madeleine
7th International Conference on Design Computing and Cognition, (2016)
The effect of self-referential expectation on emotional face processing
McKendrick Mel, Butler Stephen H., Grealy Madeleine A.
PLOS1, pp. 1-20, (2016)
Perceptual bias, more than age, impacts on eye movements during face processing
Williams Louise R., Grealy Madeleine A., Kelly Steve W., Henderson Iona, Butler Stephen H.
Acta Psychologica Vol 164, pp. 127–135, (2016)

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Research interests

Brain injury. Developing and evaluating rehabilitation interventions for adults with brain injuries. These interventions are based on combining physical activity with cognitive training exercises and are delivered using modified exercise bikes and virtual reality systems.

Ageing.  Age-related changes in perceptuo-motor control and the extent to which perceived movement abilities change the activities older adults engage in.  

Modelling the timing of body movements.  Developing and testing the tau-guide model of the timing of motor actions. Exploring the extent to which the temporal control of movement is similar to other forms of timing such as the perception of a time interval.


Selected Grants

EPSRC 'Feasibility of cognitive based Computer Aided Engineering Design (CAED)' £908,945 to A.Duffy (PI) and M.Grealy (2015-2018)

Chief Scientist Office 'Feasibility of a randomised controlled trial of a community based, cycling exercise programme to improve physical and psychological outcomes in stroke survivors' £101,307 to M.Grealy (PI) and P.Rowe (2014-2015)

The Dunhill Medical Trust ‘Development of a virtual reality exercise machine for older adults’ £29,763 to M.Grealy (PI) and H.Lakany (2012-2014)

EPSRC/Strathclyde University ‘Bridging the Gap’ award of £12,236 to D.Dixon, M. Grealy, & S.Webb A. for ‘How infectious is Human Behaviour? (2012)

EPSRC/Strathclyde University ‘Bridging the Gap’ award of £20,000 to H. Carswell, M. Grealy, P.Rowe & B.Conway for ‘What are the optimum rehabilitation tasks and doses for promoting stem cell function after stroke? ’ (2012)

Chief Scientists Office (Scottish Government) award of £ 151,229  to  N. Mutrie (PI), C. Fitzsimons, D. Rowe, M. Grealy, A. McConnachie, H. Macdonald, M. Grant, M. Granat, D. Skelton & R. Shaw for ‘The feasibility of a pedometer-based walking programme in combination with a physical activity consultation in Scottish adults aged 65 years and over in a primary care setting.’ (2008-2010)

EPSRC ‘Bridging the Gap’ University Award of £10,320 to M. Grealy, A. Thomson & B. Stansfield for ‘Minimizing the risk of exclusion: effective older adult interaction with technology-based exercise machines.’ (2009)

Carrnegie Trust award of £34,200 to F.Pollick (PI, Glasgow University), H.Gallagher (Glasgow Caledonian University), M.Grealy,  D.Brennan (Southern General Hospital), J.Cavanagh (University of Glasgow, Gartnavel Royal Hospital) for a project entitled ‘Brain mechanisms of emotion processing in depression’. (2007-2008)

EPSRC award for £347,363 to A.Nicol (PI), M.Grealy, B.Conway, A.Macdonald and P.Rowe  for a project entitled ‘Integration of biomechanical and psychological parameters of functional performance of older adults into a new computer aided design package for inclusive design’ (2001-2005).

Professional activities

7th International Conference on Design Computing and Cognition

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Doctoral Training Partnership (DTA - University of Strathclyde) | Campbell, Gerard
Duffy, Alexander (Principal Investigator) Grealy, Madeleine (Co-investigator) Campbell, Gerard (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Jul-2016 - 01-Jul-2019
Doctoral Training Partnership (DTA - University of Strathclyde) | McTeague, Christopher
Duffy, Alexander (Principal Investigator) Grealy, Madeleine (Co-investigator) McTeague, Christopher (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Feb-2015 - 01-Feb-2018
Butler, Stephen (Principal Investigator) Butler, Stephen (Principal Investigator) Grealy, Madeleine (Co-investigator) Kelly, Stephen (Co-investigator) Mullen, Jillian (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2010 - 01-Nov-2013
Feasibility of cognitive based Computer Aided Engineering Design (CAED)
Duffy, Alexander (Principal Investigator) Grealy, Madeleine (Co-investigator) Hay, Laura (Researcher)
Period 01-Feb-2015 - 31-Jan-2019
BTG: Development of a visually immersive gait training system for use in the walking rehabilitation of stroke survivors combining the scientific disciplines of biomechanics and motor learning
Kerr, Andrew (Academic) Grealy, Madeleine (Academic) Stankovic, Vladimir (Academic) Childs, Craig (Academic) Rowe, Philip (Academic)
The installation of a CAREN (computer assisted rehabilitation environment) system within the Biomedical Engineering department offers the opportunity to develop specific rehabilitation applications for commercial exploitation and clinical research. Stroke survivors are one of the biggest users of rehabilitation services with around 1.1 million survivors in the UK. Walking is a high priority for this population but most do not recover independent walking. This project aims to combine expertise across the University along with a users’ panel of stroke survivors to co-produce a prototype gait training application ready for marketing, through an existing commercial partner, and suitable for clinical research.
Period 03-Mar-2014 - 31-Dec-2014
System Risks In Information-Rich Environments: Monitoring For Safe And Cost-Effective Operation (Bridging The Gap) / RA4430
Grealy, Madeleine (Co-investigator) Thomson, Avril (Co-investigator)
Period 07-Apr-2009 - 30-Apr-2010

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