Professor 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.

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Area of Expertise

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.

Prize 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).

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Assistive technologies and strategies to support the medication management of individuals with hearing and/or visual impairment : a scoping review
Cooper Lesley, Fuzesi Peter, Jacob Sabrina Anne, Kamalakannan Sureshkumar, Lennon Marilyn, Macaden Leah, Smith Annetta, Welsh Tomas, Broadfoot Kirsten, Watson Margaret C
Disability and Health Journal Vol 16 (2023)
Impact of digital divide on students performance in computerised UTME in Nigeria
Abdulkareem Zainab, Lennon Marilyn
Information Development, pp. 1-16 (2023)
A qualitative study for co-designing the future of technology to support physical activity for adolescents living with type 1 diabetes
Morrow Diane, Kirk Alison, Muirhead Fiona, Lennon Marilyn
Connected Health Vol 2023 (2023)
AppReminders – a pilot feasibility randomized controlled trial of a memory aid app for people with acquired brain injury
Jamieson Matthew, McClelland Heather, Goudie Nicola, McFarlane Jean, Cullen Breda, Lennon Marilyn, Brewster Stephen, Stanley Bethany, McConnachie Alex, Evans Jonathan
Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, pp. 1-37 (2023)
The SIPA2 STUDY : exploring the pharmaceutical care needs of older people with sensory impairment (OPwSI)
Watson Mags, Lennon Marilyn, Macaden Leah, Smith Annetta, Jacob Sabrina Anne, Welsh Tomas, Fuzesi Peter, Nicol Emma, Broadfoot Kirsten, Cooper Lesley, Kamalakannan Sureshkumar
Nordic Social Pharmacy Conference 2023 (2023)
Evaluation of an innovative colon capsule endoscopy service in Scotland from the perspective of patients : mixed methods study
Bond Sarah, Kyfonidis Charalampos, Jamieson Matthew, Maguire Roma, McCann Lisa, Watson Angus, Brogan Michelle, Lennon Marilyn
Journal of Medical Internet Research Vol 25 (2023)

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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.

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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

Accelerate Schools Programme Computer Science Challenge
Clinical Trials Data Workshop
University of Waterloo Research Visit
ORCHA (External organisation)
University Of Strathclyde (Organisational unit)
Engage with Strathclyde: Medicine Management for Older adults with sensory impairment

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The Pansophy Cohort: Multidisciplinary solutions to the age-related challenges of pharmaceutical care
Watson, Margaret (Principal Investigator) Giardini, Mario Ettore (Co-investigator) Lennon, Marilyn (Co-investigator) McElroy, Lori (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 30-Jan-2025
AICE AI supported picture analysis in large bowel camera capsule endoscopy (Horizon-HLTH-2021-Disease-04)
Maguire, Roma (Principal Investigator) Barry, Sarah (Co-investigator) Kavanagh, Kimberley (Co-investigator) Lennon, Marilyn (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 31-Jan-2026
Co-creating transdisciplinary environmental solutions with children and young people
Wang, Yuchen (Principal Investigator) Davis, John (Co-investigator) Mevawalla, Zinnia (Co-investigator) Martinez-Lejarreta, Loreain (Researcher) Ross, Kirsty (Co-investigator) Somorin, Tosin (Co-investigator) Lennon, Marilyn (Co-investigator) Liggat, John (Co-investigator) Mckendry, Stephanie (Co-investigator) Mitchell, Richard (Co-investigator) Smithx, Cowboy (Co-investigator) Cairns, Liam (Co-investigator) Phillips, Alexandra Lort (Co-investigator) McGroarty, John Paul (Co-investigator) Walters, Hannah (Co-investigator)
The project, funded by NERC Discipline Hopping grant (approx. £14,000), aims to develop an interest group through snowballing to establish an internal network and shape the vision and framework of a Strathclyde-based Hub on children and young people's leadership role in sustainable environmental solutions. The intended outcomes are: extended transdisciplinary networks to enable Strathclyde-led research, KE and CDTs development; increased capacity in Strathclyde’s community on working with children and young people as agents of change.
03-Jan-2022 - 31-Jan-2022
Developing recommendations for a data driven intervention to support physical activity promotion in Type 2 diabetes care
Kirk, Alison (Principal Investigator) Lennon, Marilyn (Co-investigator) Janssen, Xanne (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2021 - 30-Jan-2024
SIPA2: Improving the pharmaceutical care of older people with sensory impairment
Watson, Margaret (Principal Investigator) Jacob, Sabrina Anne (Co-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

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Professor Marilyn Lennon
Computer and Information Sciences

Tel: 548 3098