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    Louise leads the Arts and Well-being theme within the Centre for Arts, Memory and Communities: https://www.coventry.ac.uk/research/areas-of-research/centre-for-arts-memory-and-communities/well-being-and-the-arts/#tab-560899-1 The theme brings together researchers from various disciplines (including art, design, human factors, midwifery, serious games, performance, photography etc) who are interested in the contribution creative subjects can make to the understanding, improvement and promotion of health, well-being and inclusion. Louise is also the Human Factors theme lead for the NIHR Devices for Dignity (D4D) Medtech Cooperative https://devicesfordignity.org.uk/

    Louise's 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 current projects include:

    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) and Acting Head of  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

    19982002

    Award Date: 1 Jul 2002

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

    19951998

    Award Date: 1 Jul 1998

    External positions

    Human Factors Lead, Devices for Dignity Medtech Cooperative

    Member / reviewer, UKRI / Arts and Humanities Research Council

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