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Personal Statement

Madeleine joined Strathclyde in March 2000 having previously worked at the University of Glasgow, the University of Edinburgh and the MRC Human Movement and Balance Unit in London. Her research interests are in the areas of perception and motor control. She is a Chartered Psychologist and an HCPC registered Sport and Exercise Psychologist and she is also interested in developing exercise rehabilitation programmes for people with brain injuries.

Academic / Professional qualifications

BSc (Hons), MPhil, PhD (Edinburgh), CPsychol, HCPC registered Sport and Exercise Psychologist.

Research Interests

Brain injury. Developing and evaluating rehabilitation interventions for adults with brain injuries. These interventions are based on combining physical activity with cognitive training exercises and are delivered using modified exercise bikes and virtual reality systems.

Ageing.  Age-related changes in perceptuo-motor control and the extent to which perceived movement abilities change the activities older adults engage in.  

Modelling the timing of body movements.  Developing and testing the tau-guide model of the timing of motor actions. Exploring the extent to which the temporal control of movement is similar to other forms of timing such as the perception of a time interval.


Selected Grants

EPSRC 'Feasibility of cognitive based Computer Aided Engineering Design (CAED)' £908,945 to A.Duffy (PI) and M.Grealy (2015-2018)

Chief Scientist Office 'Feasibility of a randomised controlled trial of a community based, cycling exercise programme to improve physical and psychological outcomes in stroke survivors' £101,307 to M.Grealy (PI) and P.Rowe (2014-2015)

The Dunhill Medical Trust ‘Development of a virtual reality exercise machine for older adults’ £29,763 to M.Grealy (PI) and H.Lakany (2012-2014)

EPSRC/Strathclyde University ‘Bridging the Gap’ award of £12,236 to D.Dixon, M. Grealy, & S.Webb A. for ‘How infectious is Human Behaviour? (2012)

EPSRC/Strathclyde University ‘Bridging the Gap’ award of £20,000 to H. Carswell, M. Grealy, P.Rowe & B.Conway for ‘What are the optimum rehabilitation tasks and doses for promoting stem cell function after stroke? ’ (2012)

Chief Scientists Office (Scottish Government) award of £ 151,229  to  N. Mutrie (PI), C. Fitzsimons, D. Rowe, M. Grealy, A. McConnachie, H. Macdonald, M. Grant, M. Granat, D. Skelton & R. Shaw for ‘The feasibility of a pedometer-based walking programme in combination with a physical activity consultation in Scottish adults aged 65 years and over in a primary care setting.’ (2008-2010)

EPSRC ‘Bridging the Gap’ University Award of £10,320 to M. Grealy, A. Thomson & B. Stansfield for ‘Minimizing the risk of exclusion: effective older adult interaction with technology-based exercise machines.’ (2009)

Carrnegie Trust award of £34,200 to F.Pollick (PI, Glasgow University), H.Gallagher (Glasgow Caledonian University), M.Grealy,  D.Brennan (Southern General Hospital), J.Cavanagh (University of Glasgow, Gartnavel Royal Hospital) for a project entitled ‘Brain mechanisms of emotion processing in depression’. (2007-2008)

EPSRC award for £347,363 to A.Nicol (PI), M.Grealy, B.Conway, A.Macdonald and P.Rowe  for a project entitled ‘Integration of biomechanical and psychological parameters of functional performance of older adults into a new computer aided design package for inclusive design’ (2001-2005).

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Edinburgh

Master of Philosophy, University of Chichester

Bachelor of Science, University of Liverpool


  • Perception and action
  • Motor control
  • Sport Psychology
  • Stroke rehabilitation

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Projects 2008 2021

Doctoral Training Partnership (DTA - University of Strathclyde) | Campbell, Gerard

Duffy, A., Grealy, M. & Campbell, G.

EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council)


Project: Research Studentship - Internally AllocatedResearch Studentship (Internally Allocated)

Computer aided engineering
Interfaces (computer)

Research Output 1992 2018

Open Access

Insights into design concept similarity judgements

McTeague, C. P., Duffy, A., Hay, L., Vuletic, T., Campbell, G., Choo, P. L. & Grealy, M., 21 May 2018, p. 2087-2098. 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Open Access


Clarifying the role of attention on Own Gender Bias in face recognition

Author: Tafili, T., 1 Apr 2014

Supervisor: Grealy, M. (Supervisor) & Kelly, S. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

Activities 2016 2018

  • 1 Participation in conference
  • 1 Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Cognition and brain activity in creative product design

Laura Hay (Organiser), Mina Tahsiri (Organiser), Pei Ling Choo (Organiser), Alexander Duffy (Organiser), Madeleine Grealy (Organiser)
4 May 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

7th International Conference on Design Computing and Cognition

Madeleine Grealy (Participant)
25 Jun 201629 Jun 2016

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference