Dr Mary Madden

Dr Mary Madden

Lecturer in Applied Health Research.

Academic Unit: Adult, Child and Mental Health Nursing.

0113 343 1286

Summary: Mary is a sociologist with particular interests in chronic illness, health inequalities, evidence informed healthcare and public involvement in health research and health technology assessment.

Location: Baines Wing


Mary’s academic career 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. In addition to sociology, she has a background in welfare rights and community work, English literature and critical theory. She is a University of Leeds Engagement Excellence Fellow and is interested in public understandings of and engagements with science and how critical arts methodology can be applied in health and social science research.

Mary's current research projects seek to combine in-depth theoretical rigour with research pragmatism in order to improve wound care and evaluative healthcare; highlighting the problems that clinicians (and patients) face in attempting to operate in a research-informed fashion.

She has been investigating the wound care treatment outcomes that matter most to patients and other stakeholders; working with patients, carers and clinicians to identify and prioritise shared healthcare uncertainties; exploring the extent of industry influence in knowledge production and the positioning of evidence based medicine in opposition to clinical knowledge and as an obstacle to innovation. She is currently leading a project exploring histories and futures of innovation in advanced wound care, http://wounds.leeds.ac.uk/ She is willing to supervise graduate research in areas relating to these interests, the sociology of health and illness and methodologies of patient and public involvement.

Mary is a Fellow of The Higher Education Academy.  She provides guest lectures and research supervision for the School of Healthcare Masters programmes as well as undergraduate research and dissertation supervision. She leads the School of Healthcare modules, Research in Action, Inequalities in Health and Care, and Sociology of Health and Illness.