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Dr Marilyn Lennon

Strathclyde Chancellor's Fellow

Computer and Information Sciences

Personal statement

I am a Senior Lecturer and Chancellors Research Fellow in Digital Health and Wellness in the Department of Computer and Information Sciences (CIS) at University of Strathclyde.

I am founder and one of the directors of the Digital Health and Wellness Group (DHaWG) at Strathclyde who are leading multidisciplinary researchers in the area of user centered design, evaluation and implementation of a range of technologies for supporting health and wellbeing of individuals and the population.

My background in in Human Computer Interaction (HCI) and the current focus of my work is on mobile lifestyle apps, how they can be designed and developed to be more evidence based and how their impact on the individual and on society can be properly evaluated at scale. I also has extensive experience in the design and evaluation of smarthome technology and independent living services and solutions such as telecare and telehealth.

I conduct both controlled empirical lab based usability testing of interactive products and technologies and a range of qualitative user experience research methods (including questionnaire design and analysis and co-design methods with specific end user groups such as children, older adults and patients).

I have a strong background in working with external clients and stakeholders including NHS, charities and health and social care practitioners to generate requirements for and evaluate the impact of large projects.

I am really interested in the social and technical barriers and facilitators to getting health technologies to work in practice in the real world and how we can evaluate them robustly but more quickly so that innovative ideas can have real impact.


Has expertise in:

    Marilyn has a strong background in mixed methods for (i) capturing, prioritising, and translating user requirements and needs for technology design, (ii) project managing implementation of digital health technologies and (iii) evaluating the impact and effectiveness of digtial health both in the lab and at scale.

Prizes and awards

MyCity: Glasgow - Gamechanger Award (Gold Medal)
Emerald Outstanding Paper Award
Best Paper Award (most replicable scientific paper)

more prizes and awards


Tangible educational toys for children with type-1 diabetes
Kyfonidis Charalampos, Lennon Marilyn
Proceedings of the 2017 CHI Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing SystemsCHI EA '17, pp. 291-296, (2017)
ForgetMeNot : active reminder entry support for adults with acquired brain injury
Jamieson Matthew, O'Neill Brian, Cullen Breda, Lennon Marilyn, Brewster Stephen, Evans Jonathan
ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, pp. 1-12, (2017)
The use of a smartwatch as a prompting device for people with acquired brain injury : a single case experimental design study
Jamieson Matthew, Monastra Mattia, Gillies Graeme, Manolov Rumen, Cullen Breda, Lennon Marilyn, Brewster Stephen, Evans Jonathan J.
Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, (2017)
Evaluating the readiness for delivering digital health at scale : lessons from a longitudinal qualitative evaluation of a national digital health innovation program in the United Kingdom
Lennon Marilyn R, Bouamrane Matt-Mouley, Devlin Alison M, O'Connor Siobhan, O'Donnell Catherine, Chetty Ula, Agbakoba Ruth, Bikker Annemieke, Grieve Eleanor, Finch Tracy, Watson Nicholas, Wyke Sally, Mair Frances S
Journal of Medical Internet Research Vol 19, (2017)
A flexible toolkit for evaluating person-centred digital health and wellness at scale
McGee-Lennon Marilyn, Bouamrane Matt-Mouley, Grieve Eleanor, O'Donnell Catherine A., O'Connor Siobhan, Agbakoba Ruth, Devlin Alison M., Barry Sarah, Bikker Annemieke, Finch Tracy, Mair Frances S.
Advances in Human Factors and Ergonomics in HealthcareAdvances in Intelligent Systems and Computing Vol 482, pp. 105-118, (2016)
Mummy, why do I have diabetes? A tangible interface for educating children with type-1 diabetes
Kyfonidis Charalampos, Lennon Marilyn
IDC '16 Proceedings of the The 15th International Conference on Interaction Design and Children, pp. 524-528, (2016)

more publications


Marilyn is currently course director for a taught Masters in Digital Health Systems. She has taught at all levels but specialises in level 1 UG and level 5 PG teaching including Information Management and Database Fundamentals, Human Computer Interaction, and Design of Usable Systems. She has supervised 5 PhDs (2 completed so far) and over 100 level 4 and level 5 final year projects.

Research interests

Marilyn has over 20 years experience in the user centered design and evaluation of interactive technologies. She has been involved in various projects involving smart home technology, mobile lifestyle app design and development and the implementation and evaluation of telecare, telehealth and assisted living technologies both in the lab and 'in the wild'.

Professional activities

SICSA Urban Big Data and Health
Invited speaker
Computer And Information Sciences (Organisational unit)
eMEN e-mental health implementation seminar 11th July 2017 in Amsterdam
Keynote/plenary speaker
Equity and e-mental health: Can digital technology help us to achieve good mental health for all? Belfast April 2017
Keynote/plenary speaker
Digital Health Institute (DHI) (External organisation)
Evaluation of Digital Health in Scotland: Lessons learned
Keynote speaker

more professional activities


Jersey Sustainable Primary Care Pilots Consultancy £5295 [K160578]
Lennon, Marilyn (Principal Investigator)
Paid KE services for Jersey State Primary Care Pilots Programme £5295
Period 30-Sep-2016 - 31-Aug-2017
SFC-DHI Highly Skilled Workforce Programme - Digital Health, M.Phil Scholarships (x8), £59,344
Bouamrane, Matt-Mouley (Principal Investigator) Kavanagh, Kimberley (Co-investigator) Lennon, Marilyn (Co-investigator) Dunlop, Mark (Co-investigator) Schraag, Stefan (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Sep-2016 - 30-Sep-2019
Predicting user responses to wellness prompts
Terzis, Sotirios (Principal Investigator) Roper, Richard (Co-investigator) Lennon, Marilyn (Co-investigator) Wallace, William (Co-investigator)
Period 18-Sep-2017 - 21-Dec-2017
dallas consultancy Innovate UK £17527 [K650171]
Lennon, Marilyn (Principal Investigator)
Consultancy work for Innovate UK £37m dallas project
Period 01-Oct-2015 - 31-Dec-2015
DataLab MOOC and Online Course: The Power of Data in Health and Care
Lennon, Marilyn (Principal Investigator)
£49K to develop a 3 week MOOC (FutureLearn) and a 5 week follow on online course (MyPlace) on The Power of Data for Health and Care. Developed in conjunction with Management Science, Future Cities, and UrbanTide (SME).
Period 01-Nov-2017 - 31-Dec-2018
SDTC Digital Health Systems TEC PhD
Lennon, Marilyn (Principal Investigator) Kavanagh, Kimberley (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Sep-2018 - 30-Sep-2021

more projects


Computer and Information Sciences
Livingstone Tower

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