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Mary Madden
Senior Research Fellow (Associate Professor)



Mary Madden joined the Mental Health and Addictions Research Group as an Associate Professor in January 2018. She is a sociologist of health, illness and medicine with interests in chronic illness, health inequalities, evidence informed healthcare and public involvement and engagement in health research and health technology assessment.

Mary has qualitative expertise in exploring patient, professional and public understandings of health conditions and health research and examining the implications of this understanding for patient and public involvement in health research and designing services and interventions.

In addition to sociology, Mary has a background in welfare rights and community work, English literature and critical theory. Her work links scholarship with practice, combining empirical and applied research with complex epistemological and methodological challenges to forms of enquiry in the health and social sciences.


  • PhD Sociology, University of Manchester
  • MA Critical Theory, Manchester Metropolitan University
  • MA Social and Community Work Studies, University of Bradford
  • BA (Hons) English Literature (in Cultural and Community Studies), University of Sussex
  • Fellow of The Higher Education Academy



Mary is interested in the development and application of qualitative methods for evidence informed healthcare, and in particular the development and evaluation of interventions to support self-care.  She is currently working with researchers, pharmacists and patients on the NIHR funded CHAMP-1 programme to co-produce and evaluate an intervention that develops the health and wellbeing role of community pharmacies in relation to alcohol consumption. 


The aims of this research programme are two-fold:

  • To co-produce with the pharmacy profession and with patients, and evaluate in a definitive RCT, an intervention that develops the health and well being role of community pharmacies in relation to alcohol consumption, specifically within the context of established pharmaceutical services
  • To engage with policy makers to help implement this intervention if shown to be effective, and/or to contribute to decision-making about the wider systemic and workforce development needs involved in extending the health improvement role of community pharmacies

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External activities


  • Member of the British Sociological Association
  • Fellow of The Higher Education Academy

Editorial duties

  • Editorial Board Frontiers in Sociology- Medical Sociology
  • Reviewer: includes – BMJ Medical Humanities, Health Expectations, Social Science and Medicine, Health and Social Care in the Community, Psychology and Health, Medical History, Journal of Organizational Ethnography
  • Reviewer: includes Wellcome Trust: Investigator Awards in Humanities and Social Science; HSC Research and Development (HSC R&D) Division at the Public Health Agency (PHA) Northern Ireland: Doctoral Fellowship
  • Past panel member BIG Lottery Fund Research Programme review panel.

Invited talks and conferences

  • (2017). Psychosocial impact of a chronic wound on the individual and/or their family. European Wound Management Association. 3-5 May 2017, Amsterdam
  • (2017). Focusing on the outcomes that matter most to patients? 3rd Transatlantic Wound Science and Podiatric Medicine Conference, Galway, Ireland, 31st March-1st April 2017
  • (2016). (With Professor Steven Ersser). A person-centred nursing response to supporting those living with disfigurement in dermatology and wound care: issues and opportunities. SKIN: the ultimate interface. Multidisciplinary symposium coordinated by Professor Danka Tamburic on behalf of the Well-being Research Hub at London College of Fashion 22nd April, 2016(2016). Embedding the social sciences in nurse education – curriculum change opportunities and challenges. The social sciences and nurse education- an ESRC seminar series. Seminar 6 - Next Steps, New Start. Kings College, London, 18th March, 2016
  • (2015). Scientific journal publishing and contemporary public engagement with health research. Investigating scientific journal publishing - past, present and future. Constructing Scientific Communities Citizen Science in the 19th and 21st Centuries. The Royal Society, London, 27th November, 2015
  • (2015). Mundane technologies and magic dressings: Exploring the materialities of ‘advanced’ wound care. Materialities of care: encountering health and illness through objects, artefacts, and architecture. University of York, 16th and 17th September 2015
  • (2015). James Lind Alliance Symposium. Central Hall, Westminster, London. 23rd June 2015 (respondent with Simon Denegri)
  • (2015). Involving patients in improving outcomes for pressure ulcers. Primary Care and Public Health 2015, NEC Birmingham, 21st May
  • (2015). Frankenstein’s monster vs the Zombies or how the social scientist went Gothic. Bringing Up the Body: Sociopolitical Bonds around Gothic Monsters and Arthurian Corpses, Reading the Fantastic Seminar Series, University of Leeds School of Languages, Cultures, and Societies at Leeds Humanities Research Institute, 13th March 2015
  • (2013). The marketing of medical devices and the “business of expectations” in UK wound care. 11th Annual University of Toronto, Health Care, Technology, and Place (HCTP) Interdisciplinary Symposium, St. Andrew’s Club & Conference Centre, Ontario, Canada, 21st March

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Mary Madden

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Mary Madden
Senior Research Fellow (Associate Professor)

Tel: (01904) 32 1759