Lauren Powell

Research Associate

School of Health and Related Research

Medicine, Dentistry and Health

Research Expertise:

  • Paediatric neurodisabilities
  • Engaging young people with technology
  • Rehabilitation


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I am currently a Research Associate and PhD by Publication student. I have been based in the School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR) since 2012 working on various projects within the Telehealth and Care Technologies (TaCT) theme within the NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care Yorkshire and Humber (CLAHRC YH). My PhD is about the use of technologies to self-manage long-term neurological conditions across the life course.

Following a number of appointments working in Primary and Secondary Schools as a Teaching Assistant, I gained a BSc in Psychology and  MSc in Psychological Research, both from the University of Sheffield.  I then worked for the South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (SWYPFT) Research and Development (R&D) Department where I assisted with the recruitment for several National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) funded research projects. It is from here I moved to working at the University of Sheffield. Here I worked on an Medical Research Council (MRC) funded Randomised Controlled Trial (RCT); “Lifestyle Matters”; an occupational therapy based intervention for those aged 65 years and over. Since then I have remained at the University and worked and led on a number of projects (see current and previous projects below).

Current Research Projects:

• PhD by publication (part time, due to complete 2019): CLAHRC YH funded (Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care Yorkshire Humber). This involves writing a thesis around six of my first author publications around the suitability, design and evaluation of technologies designed for people with long-term neurodisabilities across the life course with a particular focus on children and young people with ADHD and stroke survivors.

• Modification of the Action Research Arm Test (ARAT) outcome measure for stroke survivors upper limb rehabilitation. This involves adding a bilateral subscale and redesigning the ARAT equipment.

• Development of the Emego for stroke survivors and clinicians. This involves co-designing and developing the Emego for clinical use and to enable stroke survivors to use the device independently.

• Stroke Upper Limb: I am working with Prof Sue Mawson, Dr Jack Parker and Dr Ben Heller on a Self-Constraint Induced Movement Therapy (SCIMT) concept exploring the measurement of upper limb movement in stroke by using inertial sensors and how this can be encouraged through motivational feedback.

• Citizen Science Database: I am leading on the development and maintenance of a Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) database whereby members of the public who express a specific interest in certain long term conditions can put their name down to be contacted in the future to either advise on related projects or to take part in them.

• ADHD hyperactivity study: working with Dr Jack Parker using wearable technology to measure hyperactivity in ADHD. NIHR CLAHRC YH funded.

• Development of a psychosocial tool for children and young people with ADHD. Working with Professor Sue Mawson and Dr Val Harpin. NIHR CLAHRH YH funded.