Research Associate

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

Office: Room 1.09b, First Floor, The Innovation Centre

Tel: (0114) 222 8275
Fax: (0114) 2220749 [not confidential]

Email: L.A.Powell@sheffield.ac.uk


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 NIHR 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  an 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 was appointed at the University of Sheffield as a Research Assistant and subsequently promoted to Research Associate. 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).

Research Interests

  • Paediatric neurodisabilities
  • Engaging children and young people with technology to manage difficulties related to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Psychoeducation
  • Rehabilitation
  • User-centered design methodology

Teaching Interests/Experience

I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) and have experience of teaching, facilitating and mentoring at undergraduate, and postgraduate levels, in the following areas;

• ethical considerations when working with individuals living with dementia in a research setting
• telehealth and telecare
• research methods
• literature searching
• generic skills required to write research reports
• research project supervision at undergraduate and postgraduate levels
• systematic reviewing methods

Previous Projects

• ADHD App Studies: I lead these studies working with Miss Naomi Robertson (Psychology student), Dr Val Harpin and Dr Jack Parker. One of these studies foccussed on assessing the suitability of mobile applications (apps) aimed at young people living with ADHD (see publication list below).  The second of these studies involved working with Dr Harpin and Dr Parker. here, we looked at apps aimed at the parents of this population (see publications and conference outputs below).

• How technology can help children and young people manage ADHD related difficulties: a systematic review - I led on this review with Dr Val Harpin and Dr Jack Parker (see publication list below).

• Systematic review of wearable technology for stroke survivors: I have led on and conducted this review which is now published. I worked alongside Prof Sue Mawson, Dr Jack Parker and Dr Marrissa Martyn-St James (see publications list below).

• A feasibility RCT assessing how the QbTest could be used to improve medication adherence in young people with ADHD (CLARHRC YH TaCT RCF funded).

Lifestyle Matters: A two-arm randomised control trial. Project partners were at Bangor University. The aim was to examine the impact of the Lifestyle Matters intervention (Craig & Mountain, 2007) upon the mental well being of volunteer participants aged 65 and over. Follow up measures will be taken at 6 and 24 months (MRC funded, see publication list below).

• Journeying Through Dementia: A feasibility study exploring and developing an intervention to promote well-being and continued engagement in people diagnosed with early stage dementia (MRC funded).

• A qualitative study to explore General Practitioners’ understanding of deployment of telehealth in primary care settings: exploring GP’s experiences of, and attitudes towards the use of telehealth in primary care (NIHR CLAHRC SY funded).

• Barriers to Telecare Adoption: Collaboration with Sheffield City Council; qualitative interviews assessing the barreirs to telecare adoption.I also collaborate with Sheffield City Council on a project investigating the barriers to telecare adoption. (NIHR CLAHRC SY funded, see publication list below).

• "Ready Steady Go" telehealth implementation toolkit usability: A number of projects assessing the usability of the “Ready Steady Go” Telehealth Implementation Toolkit (Brownsell and Ellis, 2012) via qualitative interviews and focus groups. (NIHR CLAHRC SY/YH funded) clahrc-sy.nihr.ac.uk/toolkit-form.html

MALT Project (Mainstreaming Assisted Living Technologies): this project was comprised of researchers from the School of Health and Related Research, University of Sheffield, and the University of Leeds Business School's Centre for Innovation in Health Management. I worked on the final phase of the Project and aimed to help with the development of their toolkits. The majority of my role was informed by the previous research conducted around the usability of telehealth implementation toolkits (see above).

• "Ready, Steady, Go" Telehealth Implementation Toolkit version 2 development: Version 1 can be downloaded here for free. (In collaboration with the Yorkshire and Humber CCG).

Current 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 ParkerDr Ben Heller and colleagues from RunScribe 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.

• SMART COPD: I am working with Prof Mark Hawley, Prof Gail mountain, Dr Jack Parker and Dr Stephen Potter on implementing a mobile application (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, Doncaster and Sheffield in 2016-2017.

• 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.


Powell, L., Parker, J., Harpin, V. (2017) What is the level of evidence for the use of currently available technologies in managing the difficulties associated with ADHD in children and young people?: A systematic review. Journal of European Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. 1-22. doi: 10.1007/s00787-017-1092-x. Available here.

Powell, L.,
Joddrell, P., Parker, J. (2017) Involving users in the evaluation of apps for specific health conditions. Oral presentation and paper presented at AAATE, 2017; Harnessing the power of technology to improve lives.

Powell, L., Parker, J., Harpin, V. (2017) ADHD: is there an app for that? A suitability assessment of apps for parents of children and young people with ADHD. Journal of mHealth and uHealth 5(10)e149. Available here.

Powell, L.,
Parker, J., Robertson, N., Harpin, V. (2017) Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: is there an app for that? A suitability assessment of apps for children and young people with ADHD. Journal of mHealth and uHealth.5(10):e145. Available here

Powell, L., Parker, J., Martyn-St James, M., Mawson, S. (2016). The effectiveness of lower limb wearable technology for improving activity and participation in adult stroke survivors: a systematic review” Journal of Medical Internet Research. https://www.jmir.org/2016/10/e259

Mario Munoz-Organero, Jack Parker, Lauren Powell and Susan Mawson "Assessing Walking Strategies Using Insole Pressure Sensors for Stroke Survivors." Sensors. MDPI. Volume 16. October 2016. Sensors 2016, 16(10), 1631; doi: 10.3390/s16101631. ISSN 1424-8220

Mario Munoz-Organero, Jack Parker, Lauren Powell, Richard Davies and Susan Mawson "Sensor optimization in smart insoles for post-stroke gait asymmetries using total variation and L1 distances," Accepted for publication in IEEE Sensors Journal, Volume: PP Issue: 99

Munoz-Organero, Mario; Littlewood, Chris ; Parker, Jack ; Powell, Lauren ; Grindell, Cheryl ; Mawson, Sue "Identification of walking strategies of people with osteoarthritis of the knee using insole pressure sensors," Accepted for publication in IEEE Sensors Journal, Volume: PP Issue: 99

Mountain, G., Windle, G., Hind, D., Walters, S., Keertharuth, A., Chatters, R., Sprange, K., Craig, C., Cook, S., Lee, E., Chater, T., Woods, B., Newbould, L., Powell, L., Shortland, K., Roberts, J. (2016). A Preventative Lifestyle Intervention for Older Adults (Lifestyle Matters): A Randomised Controlled Trial. Age and Ageing. https://academic.oup.com/ageing/article/doi/10.1093/ageing/afx021/3052925/A-preventative-lifestyle-intervention-for-older

Bentley, C., Powell, L., Orrell., A, Mountain., G. (2016). Making Telecare desirable rather than a last resort. Ageing and Society.  Available here.

Powell, L.,
Ellis, T., Mawson, S. (2015). In depth views and experiences of the use of the “Ready, Steady, Go” Telehealth Implementation Toolkit. Available here.

Bentley, C.L., Powell, L.A., Orrell, A., Mountain, G.A. (2014). Addressing design and suitability barriers to Telecare use: Has anything changed? Technology and Disability, 26(4); 221-235. http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/84696/


Powell, L. Joddrell, P., Parker, J. (2017) Involving users in the evaluation of apps for specific health conditions. Full paper and oral presentation at AAATE conference, September 2017

Powell, L., Parker, J., Robertson, N., Harpin, V. (2017) ADHD: is there an app for that? A suitability assessment of apps for children and young people with ADHD. Poster presentation at the Royal College of Psychiatrists International Congress 2017, Edinburgh

Bentley, C., Powell. L., (April, 2014), Promoting Dependence rather than Independence? Barriers to Telecare Use - Final Results. Oral presentation at the Final AKTIVE Conference.

Milne, E., Powell, L., Freeth. M., & Sheppard, E. (July, 2013). Cross-cultural differences in perceptual style and their relationship of self-construal. Poster and EPS Conference, Bangor.

Powell, L., Orrell, A., Mawson, S., (July, 2013), Are you 'Ready Steady Go'?: Development of a telehealth implementation toolkit. Oral presentation at the Kings Fund Third International Congress on Telehealth and Telecare.

Mountain, G., Sprange, K., Treherne, K., Powell, L.A. (2013, May). A Programme for Maintenance of Health and Wellbeing in People aged 65 Years and Over. Poster at the Healthy Ageing Workshop and Exhibition, Birmingham.

Powell, L. A., Treherne, K., Sprange, K., Mountain, G. (2012, November). Lifestyle Matters for maintenance of health and wellbeing. Poster at the XCAR Early Career Researcher Conference, Newcastle.