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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 supporting 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.

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'.

Teaching Interests

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.

Industrial Relevance

Marilyn is an impact champion at Strathclyde and has worked with several stakeholders including Scottish Government, third sector organisatons, local SMEs and international companies to design, develop and deliver digtial health solutions that scale. Marilyn also serves as an academic advisor on the Digital Health Institutes Commercialisation Strategy group and has previously served as academic advisor to the Scottish Governments National Telecare Programme Board.

Expertise & Capabilities

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.

Academic / Professional qualifications

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).

External positions

Honorary Senior Clinical Research Fellow, University of Glasgow

1 Apr 201431 Dec 2015

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Projects 2014 2022

Research Output 2014 2019

1 Citation (Scopus)
7 Downloads (Pure)

Valuing mobile health: an open-ended contingent valuation survey of a national digital health program

Somers, C., Grieve, E., Lennon, M., Bouamrane, M-M., Mair, F. S. & McIntosh, E., 17 Jan 2019, In : Journal Of Medical Internet Research mHealth and uHealth. 7, 1, 12 p., e3.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
National Health Programs
Life Style
Surveys and Questionnaires
9 Downloads (Pure)
Open Access
Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus
Delivery of Health Care


Brainplay : an investigation of serious games that tap into cognitive processes

Author: Saiger, M., 1 Oct 2017

Supervisor: Lennon, M. (Supervisor) & Halvey, M. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Master's Thesis


Best Paper Award (most replicable scientific paper)

Marilyn Lennon (Recipient), 7 Apr 2013

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Human computer interaction
Human engineering

Emerald Outstanding Paper Award

Marilyn Lennon (Recipient), 29 Jun 2013

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activities 2010 2018

SICSA Urban Big Data and Health

Marilyn Lennon (Invited speaker)
23 Aug 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Computer And Information Sciences (Organisational unit)

Marilyn Lennon (Advisor)
2018 → …

Activity: Membership typesMembership of committee