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About Dr. Maggie Lawrence

Dr Maggie Lawrence has a background is in neurological rehabilitation nursing and in information science. She has extensive experience of conducting quantitative and qualitative healthcare research in a range of healthcare settings, and with a range of stakeholders. Maggie’s research focus is on stroke, and in particular the role of lifestyle risk factor modification and stress management in the prevention of recurrent stroke. She has worked on a variety of projects including an investigation of the stressors faced by the carers of adults who have had a stroke and the experience of stroke from the perspective of young adults and their families. Her current programme of stroke research, Pathways for Healthy Living after Stroke, is concerned with the role of lifestyle factor modification and stress management in the secondary prevention of stroke, and health promotion issues for people with learning disabilities. Until January 2012, Maggie was Depute Director of the Scottish Centre for Evidence Based Care of Older People, a collaborating centre of the Joanna Briggs Institute based in Glasgow Caledonian University. In this role she provided systematic review training and supported the centre’s systematic review activity. Evidence synthesis and knowledge translation activities include participating as a member of the development group for SIGN guidelines 118 & 119 (published June 2010) and the development group for the NHS Quality Improvement Scotland Best Practice Statement, Pain Management following acute stroke (March 2011). Recent outputs from a Stroke Association Senior Research Training Fellowship (2012 -2016) include a stroke secondary prevention module (Keeping Well), part of the selfhelp4stroke self-management website. In current work, Maggie’s focus is on Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Yoga as means of self-managing perceived psychosocial stress following stroke.


Present Research Fellow, Glasgow Caledonian University

Stroke: secondary prevention (12)

Stroke: young adults (9)

Stroke and Disability (4)