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

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Mary Madden
Senior Research Fellow (Associate Professor)

Tel: (01904) 32 1759