Dr Emma Patchwood BSc, PhD

Research Fellow

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Stroke Association Postdoctoral Research Fellow and previous affiliations with the Stroke Programme of the former NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) Greater Manchester (now Applied Research Collaboration; ARC).

For information on the stroke-related projects that were carried out by the former CLAHRC GM, please see the website: http://clahrc-gm.nihr.ac.uk/our-work/stroke/


I aim to conduct research that has potential to make a real difference to the quality of life of people with stroke and their familes.

My current project as a Stroke Association Postdoctoral Research Fellow (2019-2022) will develop psychological support interventions for life after stroke; based on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) 

My background is in psychology and I have been working as an applied healthcare researcher at the University of Manchester since 2005. My first project involved using Immersive Virtual Reality (IVR) as a rehabilitative technology for amputees with phantom limb pain. I began my stroke research journey in 2006 as I worked up to Trial Manager on the ACT NoW Study (Assessing Communication Therapy in the North West).

My doctoral research was completed in 2015 and developed a patient-centred outcome measure for cognitive rehabilitation: PRECiS (Patient Reported Evaluation of Cognitive State). It is freely available under license here: https://uominnovationfactory.com/expressip/expressip-healthcare/precis/

I feel strongly about the benefits of involving users in research, having first-hand experience of the positive impact of their involvement in all my research to date, including the OSCARSS Carer Research User Group (part of the OSCARSS study, for which I was co-Chief Investigator).


PhD Psychology (Ai)

BSc Psychology (1st class honours)


Memberships of committees and professional bodies

Counil member for the Society for Research in Rehabilitation (SRR)

Graduate member of the British Psychological Society (BPS)

Member and former secretary of the Organisation for Psychological Research into Stroke (OPSYRIS)

Member of the World Federation for Neuro Rehabilitation (WFNR)

Further information

Tel: +44 (0) 161 275 3401   (or extension 53401 for internal callers)

Twitter: @DrPatchwood

G.704 Stopford Building, Division of Neuroscience and Experimental Psychology, Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health, University of Manchester, Manchester Academic Health Science Centre, Oxford Road,  Manchester M13 9PT, UK

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