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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.


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

Future Cities Engage Event
Smartphone and Smarthomes workshop
Mobile HCI (Journal)
Peer reviewer
Mobile apps for health and wellness Challenge
Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) (Publisher)
Peer reviewer

more professional activities


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
Period 01-Jan-2018 - 29-Mar-2019
Fast-tracking Health Innovation for NHS Scotland (MRC Confidence in Concept 2017) / R170262-104
Kavanagh, Kimberley (Principal Investigator) Bennie, Marion (Co-investigator) Lennon, Marilyn (Co-investigator) Maguire, Roma (Co-investigator) Robertson, Charles (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Mar-2017 - 28-Feb-2019
Understanding the adoption of Technology Enabled Care
Kavanagh, Kimberley (Principal Investigator) Hughes, Janette (Co-investigator) Lennon, Marilyn (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Nov-2016 - 31-May-2017
Collaborative relationship between Academic Health Science Partnership in Tayside and Digital Health Innvovation Centre
Lennon, Marilyn (Principal Investigator)
Period 08-Sep-2016 - 07-Sep-2018
Swarm_CIS_CO PhD Marilyn Lennon 2
Lennon, Marilyn (Principal Investigator) Bellingham, Richard (Co-investigator)
Period 03-Oct-2016 - 27-Sep-2019
Researching the impact and sustainability of the Legacy 2014 Physical Activity Fund (Spirit of 2012)
Rogerson, Robert (Principal Investigator) Burns, Henry (Co-investigator) Dunlop, Mark (Co-investigator) Kirk, Alison (Co-investigator) Lennon, Marilyn (Co-investigator)
Period 29-Oct-2015 - 31-May-2017

more projects


Computer and Information Sciences
Livingstone Tower

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