Dr Marilyn Lennon


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 supoprting 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)

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Marilyn has a first class BSc degree in Psychology (Glasgow 1998), a PhD in Computing Science (Glasgow 2002) and a post graduate diploma in academic practice meaning she is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA). She is also an active member of the Asscociation for Computing Machinery (ACM).


Scaling digital health innovation : developing a new 'service readiness level' framework of evidence
Hughes Janette, Lennon Marilyn, Rogerson Robert, Crooks George
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health Vol 18 (2021)
Building a research roadmap for caregiver innovation : findings from a multi-stakeholder consultation and evaluation
Egan Kieren J, McMillan Kathryn A, Lennon Marilyn, McCann Lisa, Maguire Roma
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health Vol 18 (2021)
Exploring the use of Fitbit consumer activity trackers to support active lifestyles in adults with Type 2 Diabetes : a mixed methods study
Hodgson William, Kirk Alison, Lennon Marilyn, Paxton Gregor
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health Vol 18 (2021)
Towards designing mobile apps for independent travel : exploring current barriers and opportunities for supporting young adults with Down's Syndrome
Khan Al Majed, Dunlop Mark D, Lennon Marilyn, Dubiel Mateusz
ACM Transactions on Accessible Computing Vol 14, pp. 1-40 (2021)
Development of a web-based application to improve data collection of antimicrobial utilization in the public health care system in South Africa
Kruger D, Dlamini NN, Meyer JC, Godman B, Kurdi A, Lennon M, Bennie M, Schellack N
Hospital Practice Vol 49, pp. 184-193 (2021)
Using social media to understand adults' experiences of physical activity as a child living with type 1 diabetes
Morrow Diane, Lennon Marilyn, Kirk Alison, Muirhead Fiona
Practical Diabetes Vol 38, pp. 8-13 (2021)

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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


SIPA2: Improving the pharmaceutical care of older people with sensory impairment
Watson, Margaret (Principal Investigator) Lennon, Marilyn (Co-investigator) Wilson, Graham (Co-investigator)
11-Jan-2021 - 10-Jan-2023
Doctoral Training Partnership 2018-19 University of Strathclyde | Sales, Rachel
Lennon, Marilyn (Principal Investigator) Halvey, Martin (Co-investigator) Sales, Rachel (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 01-Jan-2022
ApplTree: Personalised digital reminding to support memory impairment after brain injury
Lennon, Marilyn (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 30-Jan-2020
SDTC Digital Health Systems TEC PhD
Lennon, Marilyn (Principal Investigator) Kavanagh, Kimberley (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 30-Jan-2021
Lennon, Marilyn (Principal Investigator) McCann, Lisa (Principal Investigator) Maguire, Roma (Principal Investigator) Bouamrane, Matt-Mouley (Principal Investigator)
Process evaluation of National AF and ScotCap Programmes for Digital Health and Care Institute
01-Jan-2018 - 29-Jan-2019
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).
01-Jan-2017 - 31-Jan-2018

More projects


Computer and Information Sciences
Livingstone Tower

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