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 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 Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care Yorkshire and Humber (CLAHRC YH).

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:

  • Intelligent Shoe: A pressure insole that enables users to gain feedback on various aspects of their gait. This research currently involves stroke survivors and those with osteoarthritis of the knee.
  • 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 UL movement in stroke and how this can be encouraged through motivational feedback.
  • Citizen Science Database: I am leading on the development 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.
  • SMART COPD: I am working with Prof Mark Hawley, Prof Gail mountain, Heather Dunn and Dr Stephen Potter on implementing an app aimed at those diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). We will be offering this app to COPD patients attending pulmonary Rehabilitation sessions across Rotherham, Doncatser and Sheffield in 2016-2017.
  • ADHD App Study: I am working with Miss Naomi Robertson (Psychology student), Dr Val Harpin and Dr Jack Parker on a project looking at the suitability of mobile applications aimed at young people living with ADHD.  Dr Harpin, Dr Parker and I are also looking at apps aimed at the parents of this population. We will be gaining perspectives of parents, young people and clinicians on these applications.
  • How technology can help children and young people with ADHD manage their condition: a systematic review – I am leading on this review with Dr Val Harpin and Dr Jack Parker.