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User-centred design of a body-worn system to monitor hydration in older adults

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Louise leads the Arts and Well-being theme within the Centre for Arts, Memory and Communities.  As Professor of Health Design and Human Factors, her personal research is focused on the development of products, interventions and services to benefit health and wellbeing. With a background in Psychology and Human Factors she employs a range of research methods as well as art-based approaches to ensure that new products, systems, services and interventions are functional as well as being desirable and acceptable to end-users and stakeholders.  In particular she has applied design thinking and human factors to the development of assistive technology, solutions to support the management of long term health conditions as well as approaches to communication with parents following a positive newborn screening result.

Louise's recent projects include the Horizon H2020 funded MATUROLIFE, significant involvement in the Coventry University  DRI programme, and ongoing research related to newborn screening. She is also the Human Factors theme lead for Devices for Dignity  D4D MIC which acts act as a catalyst within the NHS for the development of new medical devices, healthcare technologies and technology-dependent interventions that focus on living well for longer.  Her previous collaborative and multidisciplinary research projects have been supported by Innovate UK,  NIHR, MRC, Erasmus+ as well as industrial and charity-based funding (e.g. Unilever, Macmillan Cancer Support).

Louise graduated with undergraduate and postgraduate degrees from the University of Birmingham before working on an EPSRC funded project at the University of Warwick applying Human Factors to the development of a virtual reality training system for knee surgery. She then worked in Occupational Psychology consultancy for 2 years, before joining Coventry University in 2006. She has held a range of different roles at Coventry University including Senior Lecturer in Product Design, Reader in User-Centred Health Design, Director of the Centre for Excellence in Product and Automotive Design (CEPAD), and Associate Head (Research) in the School of Art and Design. Louise is currently a member of the AHRC Peer Review College, British Psychological Society and Institute of Human Factors and Ergonomics (IEHF).


Research Interests

- Co-creation based research that explores and improves health and wellbeing

- User-led development methods to ensure behaviour change and technology acceptance

- Development and evaluation of assistive technology, and technology for unmet health needs

- Communication design for newborn screening

- Development and evaluation of online and app-based health interventions

Education/Academic qualification

PhD Electronic and Electrical Engineering (Ergonomics), University of Birmingham


BSc (Joint Hons) Psychology and Sports Science, University of Birmingham


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Research Output

Assistive Technology (AT) Usability and Adoption: Future Drivers

McCarthy, A. D. & Moody, L., 1 Jan 2020, Design of Assistive Technology for Ageing Populations. Woodcock, A., Moody, L., McDonagh, D., Jain, A. & Jain, L. (eds.). Switzerland: Springer Nature, p. 105-125 21 p. (Intelligent Systems Reference Library; vol. 167).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Open Access
  • 2 Citations (Scopus)
    22 Downloads (Pure)

    Challenging stigma by embodying smart functionalities and fashion in assistive clothing co-designed with older adults

    Yang, D. & Moody, L., 1 Jul 2020, Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Design4Health. University of Sheffield, p. 755-765 11 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference proceeding

    Open Access
  • Development of a wheelchair stability assessment system: Design tools and approaches

    Moody, L., Magee, P. & Stefanov, D., Jan 2020, Design of assistive technology for ageing populations. Woodcock, A., Moody, L., McDonagh, D., Jain, A. & Jain, L. C. (eds.). Springer, p. 235-256 22 p. (Intelligent Systems Reference Library; vol. 167).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Fostering Design Literacy, Empathy and Awareness in Codesign

    Woodcock, A., Ball, T., Magee, P., McDonagh, D., Moody, L., Gut, K. & Moreira, F., 2 Mar 2020, (Submitted).

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

  • Activities

    • 8 Participation in conference
    • 3 Consultancy
    • 1 Publication peer-review

    H2020 Funded MATUROLIFE

    Andrew Cobley (Consultant), Louise Moody (Consultant), Paul Magee (Consultant), Tiziana C. Callari (Consultant), Danying Yang (Consultant), Daryl Fox (Consultant)
    Jan 2018Dec 2020

    Activity: Consultancy

    TRAM Safety and VR

    Tiziana C. Callari (Consultant), Louise Moody (Consultant)
    Feb 2018Jul 2019

    Activity: Consultancy

    Design of Assistive Technology for Ageing Populations (Journal)

    Andree Woodcock (Associate Editor), Louise Moody (Associate Editor), Deana McDonagh (Associate Editor)
    1 Oct 2018

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication peer-review

    Data Driven Research and Innovation (DDRI) Programme

    Louise Moody (Consultant), Tiziana C. Callari (Consultant), Janet Saunders (Consultant), Nikki Holliday (Consultant)
    Jan 2017Jul 2018

    Activity: Consultancy

    Innovation in Medicine and Healthcare 2015

    Louise Moody (Member of Programme Committee)
    11 Sep 201512 Sep 2015

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference