Madeleine Harrison

BSc (Hons), MPH (HSR)

School of Health and Related Research

Research Associate
+44 114 222 5424

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Madeleine Harrison
School of Health and Related Research
Regent Court (ScHARR)
30 Regent Street
S1 4DA

I joined the Rehabilitation and Assistive Technology Research Group within ScHARR in January 2014 as a research assistant on the Big CACTUS randomised control trial. The study aims to find out whether computer therapy for the self-managed rehabilitation of aphasia post stroke is a cost effective intervention when compared to usual stimulation or attention control.

I joined the University from Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust where I managed a large qualitative multi-centre study which explored stroke survivors’ and carers’ experiences of stroke unit care and used their views to drive evidence based service improvement in the NHS. Prior to this I gained a BSc in Psychology from the University of Birmingham and a Masters in Public Health specialising in Health Service Research from the University of Sheffield.

Research interests

My research interests are:

  • Stroke rehabilitation research
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Patient and public involvement in research

Current projects

  • ‘Big CACTUS’ a randomised control trial investigating the Cost effectiveness of Aphasia Computer Therapy compared with Usual Stimulation or attention control (NIHR HTA funded)

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Journal articles

Conference proceedings papers

  • Palmer R & Harrison M (2019) exploring treatment fidelity of computer speech and language therapy for aphasia in the Big CACTUS trial: A process evaluation. International Journal of Stroke, Vol. 4(suppl) (pp 24-24) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Harrison M & Palmer R (2013) Patient and Public involvement in stroke research in the UK: a qualitative study. International Journal of Stroke, Vol. 3(8) (pp 18-18) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Harrison MA, Gardiner C, Ryan T & Jones A (2013) Key Stakeholders Recognize the Need for a Structured Approach to Psychological Support with Input from a Clinical Psychologist. STROKE, Vol. 44(2) RIS download Bibtex download


  • Palmer R, Cooper C, Enderby P, Brady M, Julious S, Bowen A, Latimer N, Gossage-Worrall R, Cross E & Harrison M (2018) Big CACTUS study protocol v5.0 31may17. RIS download Bibtex download
Teaching interests

I teach on the Community Attachment Scheme for first year medical students.