Madeleine Harrison, BSc (Hons), MPH (HSR)

Research Associate

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

Office: Room 1.07, The Innovation Centre

Tel: +44 (0) 114 222 5424
Fax: +44 (0) 114 272 4095 [not confidential]


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

Teaching Interests

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

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)

Key publications

1. Harrison M, Ryan T, Gardiner C & Jones A. (2013) Patients’ and carers’ experiences of gaining access to acute stroke care: a qualitative study. Emergency Medicine Journal, 30, 1033–1037.
2. Gardiner C, Harrison M, Ryan T & Jones A. (2013) Provision of palliative and end of life care on UK stroke units: a qualitative study. Palliative Medicine, 27 (9), 855-860.
3. Harrison M, 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, 44: AWP364.
4. Harrison M, Ryan T, Gardiner C & Jones A. (2012) A qualitative study of patient and carer experience of acute stroke unit care. Cerebrovascular Diseases, 33(Suppl 2): 563.