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).


Letting the world see through your eyes : using photovoice to explore the role of technology in physical activity for adolescents living with type 1 diabetes
Morrow Diane, Kirk Alison, Muirhead Fiona, Lennon Marilyn
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health Vol 19 (2022)
Supporting people with acquired brain injury to use a reminding app; narrow-deep vs. broad-shallow user interfaces
Jamieson Matthew, Lennon Marilyn, Cullen Breda, Brewster Stephen, Evans Jonathan
ACM Transactions on Accessible Computing Vol 15 (2022)
Understanding current needs and future expectations of informal caregivers for technology to support health and well-being : national survey study
Egan Kieren J, Clark Patricia, Deen Zahid, Paputa Dutu Carmen, Wilson Graham, McCann Lisa, Lennon Marilyn, Maguire Roma
JMIR Aging Vol 5 (2022)
Designing ApplTree : usable scheduling software for people with cognitive impairments
Jamieson Matthew, Cullen Breda, Lennon Marilyn, Brewster Stephen, Evans Jonathan
Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology Vol 17, pp. 338-348 (2022)
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)

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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

University of Waterloo Research Visit
ORCHA (External organisation)
University Of Strathclyde (Organisational unit)
Engage with Strathclyde: Medicine Management for Older adults with sensory impairment
Colon Capsule Endoscopy - The Scottish Perspective
EPSRC and NIHR grant review panel member (healthcare technologies) (Event)
Peer reviewer

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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 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
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
ApplTree: Personalised digital reminding to support memory impairment after brain injury
Lennon, Marilyn (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 30-Jan-2020

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Computer and Information Sciences
Livingstone Tower

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