The University of Southampton
Health Sciences

Dr. Katie Meadmore BSc, MSc, PhD

Senior Research Fellow

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I received my BSc., MSc. and my PhD. degrees in Psychology at the University of Southampton. My PhD was on visual spatial processing and cognitive ageing. Following a 6 month Research Assistant post in the NHS, I returned to the University of Southampton, where I have worked as a research fellow on a number of international and interdisciplinary projects. I am currently working on a MRC funded project investigating the development of a low-cost, wearable, electrical stimulation device for upper limb rehabilitation post stoke. This builds on a previous series of projects that investigated precisely controlled, electrical stimulation as a healthcare technology for upper limb rehabilitation for people with chronic stroke and multiple sclerosis. I have also used eye-tracking technology to investigate hand-eye coordination in people with chronic stroke, as well as to provide insight into cognitive processes underlying age-related deficits/changes in object location memory, reading, cognitive load and emotion.





Research interests

My research interests are in using cross-discipline methods to address real-world challenges related to age and neurological disease.  My current research focuses on understanding user needs, motivations and perceptions of arm rehabilitation along three complementary streams of work:

(1) to facilitate uptake of arm rehabilitation

(2) to develop and evaluate novel rehabilitation technologies

(3) to understand cultural differences in rehabilitation

My background in cognitive psychology and health care technology allows me to utilise a range of methodologies to investigate my research questions from innovative perspectives.

Research Projects

Low-cost personalised instrumented clothing with integrated FES electrodes for upper limb rehabilitation. MRC funded

I am part of the SMARTmove Project team. The aim of this project is to use clinical, patient and engineering perspectives to help design an electrical stimulation device to help people with stroke to move their arm. This current work builds on a previous series of projects (SAIL and GO-SAIL) that investigated precisely controlled, electrical stimulation as a healthcare technology for arm rehabilitation for people with chronic stroke and multiple sclerosis. The research is interdisciplinary between colleagues in Health Sciences and ECS, and also involves health care professionals and members of the post-stroke community.  The website can be found at:

Everyday living without everyday tasks. Public engagement project, UoS funded

The main purpose of this project is to engage the public to improve awareness of everyday living difficulties in people with stroke through developing artwork to portray physical and emotional experiences of stroke. Stroke is a leading cause of disability worldwide and significantly impacts on people’s ability to undertake daily living tasks, such as buttoning a shirt.  Raising awareness of how to recognise when someone is having a stroke has been a national priority – e.g. FAST. However, that is where education on stroke tends to stop and few people understand the consequences of living with stroke. We are working with artists at the Winchester School of Art, researchers interested in stroke rehabilitation and people who have had a stroke to develop artwork to educate people about what it is like to live with stroke.

Wearable movement sensor development for rehabilitation technologies. IFLS, UoS funded.

Rehabilitation will be increasingly delivered through self-management at home. Evaluating remote rehabilitation through measuring changes in quantity and quality of movement, and assessing changes in meaningful task based activity is crucial for tailoring and advancing treatments.1 For this to happen within home environments, new wearable sensors are required which will provide high fidelity, objective measures during the performance of meaningful tasks (those important to people in their daily lives), but also be easy to set up and use, comfortable to wear, washable and affordable. This research will evaluate recently developed OML sensors, and move the field forward with a wearable sensor.

Research group

Active Living and Rehabilitation



Book Chapters


PSYC3060: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuropsychology. Guest lecturer: The Acting Brain and Restorative Neuroscience.

MSc Physiotherapy. Project supervisor: The use of touch in physiotherapy post stroke.

Dr. Katie Meadmore
Faculty of Health Sciences
University of Southampton
Building 45 Room 0001
Highfield Campus
SO17 1BJ
Tel: 02380 598898 (external) or 28898 (internal)

Room Number:45/0001

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