Professor Madeleine Grealy


Personal statement

Madeleine joined Strathclyde in 2000 having previously worked at the University of Glasgow, the University of Edinburgh and the MRC Human Movement and Balance Unit in London. She is a Chartered Psychologist and an HCPC registered Sport and Exercise Psychologist. Her research focuses on developing and evaluating rehabilitation programmes for stroke survivors, and she is also interested in how perceptuo-motor control changes with age. 


A novel user-based gesture vocabulary for conceptual design
Vuletic Tijana, Duffy Alex, McTeague Chris, Hay Laura, Brisco Ross, Campbell Gerard, Grealy Madeleine
International Journal of Human Computer Studies Vol 150 (2021)
What have we learned about positive changes experienced during COVID-19 lockdown? Evidence of the social patterning of change
Williams Lynn, Rollins Lesley, Young David, Fleming Leanne, Grealy Madeleine, Janssen Xanne, Kirk Alison, MacDonald Bradley, Flowers Paul
PLoS ONE Vol 16 (2021)
Changes in physical activity, sitting and sleep across the COVID-19 national lockdown period in Scotland
Janssen Xanne, Fleming Leanne, Kirk Alison, Rollins Lesley, Young David, Grealy Madeleine, MacDonald Bradley, Flowers Paul, Williams Lynn
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health Vol 17 (2020)
Functional activity and connectivity during creative ideation in product design engineers
Campbell Gerard, Duffy Alex, Hay Laura, Gilbert Sam, McTeague Chris, Coyle Damien, Grealy Madeleine
6th Meeting of the Society for the Neuroscience of Creativity (2020)
The neural correlates of ideation in product design engineering practitioners
Hay L, Duffy A H B, Gilbert S J, Lyall L, Campbell G, Coyle D, Grealy M A
Design Science Vol 5 (2019)
ImagineD : a vision for cognitive driven creative design
Duffy Alex, Hay Laura, Grealy Madeleine, Vuletic Tijana
30th Anniversary Heron Island Conference on Computational and Cognitive Models of Creativity (2019)

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Research interests

Stroke rehabilitation. Developing and evaluating low-cost rehabilitation interventions for adults who have survived a stroke. These interventions are aimed at improving upper limb function, physical activity levels and cognitive abilities. 

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

Curiosity Live
How exercise changes your brain
Natural and intuitive gesture interaction for 3D object manipulation in conceptual design
Cognition and brain activity in creative product design
Insights into design concept similarity judgements
An exploration of design synthesis

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Strathclyde COVID-19 Research Portfolio: Novel testing, digital health support and third sector collaboration for impact on social care
Bedford, Tim (Principal Investigator) Corrigan, Damion (Co-investigator) Dunlop, Mark (Co-investigator) Egan, Kieren (Co-investigator) Fleming, Leanne (Co-investigator) Flowers, Paul (Co-investigator) Grealy, Madeleine (Co-investigator) Hoskisson, Paul (Co-investigator) Hunter, Iain (Co-investigator) Janssen, Xanne (Co-investigator) Kirk, Alison (Co-investigator) Knifton, Lee (Co-investigator) Lenhart, Otto (Co-investigator) Maguire, Roma (Co-investigator) Morton, Alec (Co-investigator) Quinn, Neil (Co-investigator) Scott, Fraser (Co-investigator) Suckling, Colin (Co-investigator) Ward, Andrew (Co-investigator) Williams, Lynn (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 16-Jan-2021
HEADS: UP (Helping Ease Anxiety and Depression following Stroke) psychological self-management intervention: non-randomised pilot study followed by a randomised cluster pilot trial.
Grealy, Madeleine (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 31-Jan-2022
Translate inertial sensor data analytics technology to commercial innovation in supporting the optimisation of stroke rehabilitation
Tachtatzis, Christos (Principal Investigator) Andonovic, Ivan (Co-investigator) Grealy, Madeleine (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 31-Jan-2020
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction to support self-management of anxiety and depression following stroke: development study
Grealy, Madeleine (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2017 - 31-Jan-2018
Doctoral Training Partnership (DTA - University of Strathclyde) | Campbell, Gerard
Duffy, Alex (Principal Investigator) Grealy, Madeleine (Co-investigator) Hay, Laura (Co-investigator) Campbell, Gerard (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2016 - 01-Jan-2021
Doctoral Training Partnership (DTA - University of Strathclyde) | McTeague, Christopher
Duffy, Alex (Principal Investigator) Grealy, Madeleine (Co-investigator) McTeague, Christopher (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2015 - 01-Jan-2018

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