Professor Madeleine Grealy

Deputy Associate Principal



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. 

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Prize And Awards

DESIGN Conference - outstanding contribution

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BSc (Hons), MPhil, PhD (Edinburgh), CPsychol, HCPC registered Sport and Exercise Psychologist.

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Functional activity and connectivity during ideation in professional product design engineers
Campbell Gerard, Hay Laura, Gilbert Sam, McTeague Chris, Coyle Damien, Grealy Madeleine
Design Studies Vol 91-92 (2024)
Real-time feedback improves imagined 3D primitive object classification from EEG
Korik Attila, du Bois Naomi, Campbell Gerard, O'Neill Eamonn, Hay Laura, Gilbert Sam, Grealy Madeleine, Coyle Damien
Brain-Computer Interfaces (2024)
Major depression and the perception of affective instrumental and expressive gestures : an fMRI investigation
Sijtsma Mathilde, Marjoram Dominic, Gallagher Helen L, Grealy Madeleine A, Brennan David, Mathias Christopher, Cavanagh Jonathan, Pollick Frank E
Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging Vol 336 (2023)
Effects of activity time limitation on gesture elicitation for form creation
Vuletic Tijana, McTeague Chris, Campbell Gerard, Hay Laura, Grealy Madeleine
Journal of Engineering Design Vol 34, pp. 963-985 (2023)
An intensive exercise program using a technology-enriched rehabilitation gym for the recovery of function in people with chronic stroke : usability study
Kerr Andy, Keogh Maisie, Slachetka Milena, Grealy Madeleine, Rowe Philip
JMIR Rehabilitation and Assistive Technologies Vol 10 (2023)
Mind-body and creative arts therapies for people with aphasia : a mixed method systematic review
Pieri M, Foote H, Grealy M A, Lawrence M, Lowit A, Pearl G
Aphasiology Vol 37, pp. 504-562 (2023)

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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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Cultures of Collaborative Research in a Socially Progressive Technological University
McDonald, James (Principal Investigator) Bedford, Tim (Co-investigator) Compton-Daw, Emma (Co-investigator) Connolly, Patricia (Co-investigator) Grealy, Madeleine (Co-investigator) Mahn, Churnjeet (Co-investigator) McKenna, Paul (Co-investigator)
16-Jan-2024 - 15-Jan-2026
Mental Health Futures Collaborative
Cogan, Nicola (Principal Investigator) Parra Rodriguez, Mario (Principal Investigator) Fleming, Leanne (Principal Investigator) Quinn, Neil (Principal Investigator) Tse, Dwight (Principal Investigator) Knifton, Lee (Principal Investigator) McCann, Lisa (Principal Investigator) Maguire, Roma (Principal Investigator) Smith, Matthew (Principal Investigator) Graham, Christopher Darryl (Principal Investigator) Grealy, Madeleine (Principal Investigator) Stephen, Susan (Principal Investigator) Weir, Natalie Mcfadyen (Principal Investigator) Donnachie, Craig (Principal Investigator) Cameron, Julie (Principal Investigator) Kane, Tony (Co-investigator) Lakey, Trevor (Academic) Donovan, Kevin (Fellow)
This Engage with Strathclyde event is aimed at all those with an interest in mental health including people with lived experience, NHS and social care personnel and staff, occupational health and human resource management staff, student support services, university student and staff, academics, private and public sector and other personnel interested in mental health research and knowledge exchange.

12-Jan-2023 - 12-Jan-2023
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
EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Medical Devices and Health Technologies | Nown, Thomas
Tachtatzis, Christos (Principal Investigator) Grealy, Madeleine (Co-investigator) Nown, Tom (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 29-Jan-2024
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction to support self-management of anxiety and depression following stroke: development study
Grealy, Madeleine (Principal Investigator)
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction to support self-management of anxiety and depression following stroke: development study
01-Jan-2017 - 31-Jan-2018
Doctoral Training Partnership (DTA - University of Strathclyde) | Campbell, Gerard
Hay, Laura (Principal Investigator) Grealy, Madeleine (Co-investigator) Hay, Laura (Co-investigator) Campbell, Gerard (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2016 - 05-Jan-2022

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Professor Madeleine Grealy
Deputy Associate Principal

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