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Dr. Louise Moody

Reader in User-Centred Health Design

My Research Vision

The focus of Louise’s research is on reducing risk and improving dignity, safety and health outcomes through design. As a Human Factors specialist, Louise is mainly involved in interdisciplinary research within healthcare. Her focus is on working with end-users in the design, development and evaluation of products, systems and services to increase technology acceptance and safety. 


Louise graduated from the University of Birmingham with a BSc in Psychology and Sport Science in 1998, and with a PhD in Electronic and Electrical Engineering in 2002. Her PhD research focused on the design of simulated environments for training and evaluating surgical skills. This led to an EPSRC funded post at the University of Warwick to apply Human Factors to the development of a virtual reality training system for knee surgery.

After then working in occupational psychology consultancy for 2 years, Louise joined Coventry University in 2006. Formerly the Director of the Centre for Excellence in Product and Automotive Design (CEPAD), she is currently appointed as Reader in the School of Art and Design and works within the Centre for Transportation and Mobility.

Louise’s research interests lie in embedding Human Factors within the design and evaluation of systems and products for healthcare. Recent projects have focussed on the specification and development of computer-based systems for healthcare, and the design and evaluation of assistive technology.


  • Moody L. Turner, A. Osmond, J. Kosmala - Anderson, J. Hooker, L. Batehup, L. (2015) Web-based self-management for young cancer survivors: consideration of user requirements and barriers to implementation.. Journal of Cancer Survivorship. 8 (20): 188-200.
  • Moody, L. McCarthy, A., (2015) Experiences of leg bag users and emerging design priorities. Journal of Wound Care, Ostomy and Continence 42(2): 176-82
  • Goatman, M. Moody, L. (2014) The Changing Nature and Definitions of Industrial Design and Implications for Prospective Undergraduate StudentsDesign and Technology Education: an International Journal 19 (1):1-29.
  • Moody, L. Long, A. McCarthy (2014) Design for Health and Dignity: User and Stakeholder Involvement in Design for Urinary Continence. In Duffy, V. Lighner, N. (eds) Advances in Human Aspects of Healthcare.  AHFE Conference / CRC Press/ T&F. 58-64.
  • Moody, L., Turner, A., and Osmond, J. (2013) 'Exploring The Need For, and Feasibility of A Web-based Self-management Resource for Teenage and Young Adult Cancer Survivors in the UK'. In Marcus, A. DUXU/HCII 2013, Part II, LNCS 8013, 'HCI International'. Held 21-26 Jul 2013 in UK. Heidelberg: Springer, 417-423
  • Moody, L., Chichi, C., Fielden, S., Heelis, M., and Stefanov, D. (2012) 'Improving wheelchair prescription: an analysis of user needs and existing tools'. Work: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment and Rehabilitation 41 (1), 1980-1984. 
  • Moody, L., and Choudhry, K. (2011) 'Views on the Provision of Informed Consent for Expanded Newborn Screening. Health Expectations'. Health Expectations
  • Moody, L., Mackie, E., and Davies, S. (2011) 'Building Empathy with the User'. In Handbook of Human Factors and Ergonomics in Consumer Product Design. Ed. by Karwowski, W., Soares, M.M., and Stanton, N.A.
  • Moody, L. (2009) Development of a Crisis Competency Profile and Evaluation of Crisis Workshops. Confidential Report for Unilever
  • Moody, L., Waterworth, A., McCarthy, A., Arthur, J., Harley, P., and Smallwood, R.H. (2009) 'Beyond the Visuals: Tactile Augmentation and Sensory Enhancements in an Arthroscopy Simulator'. Virtual Reality 13 (1), 59-68. 
  • Tan, P.H., Moody, L., Bromage, A., and Richards, C. (2009) 'An Interactive Multimedia Abacus: Transfer of a Far Eastern Mathematics Tool to the UK'. Proceedings of the 2009 International Asian Conference on Education, '2009 International Asian Conference on Education'. Held 24-25 Oct 2009 in Osaka, Japan. 1007-1018
  • Moody, L., Waterworth, A., McCarthy, A., Harley, P., and Smallwood, R.H. (2008) 'Feasibility of a Mixed Reality Surgical Training Environment'. Virtual Reality 12 (2), 77-86
  • Moody, L., Martin, P., Jones, G., Haine, P., and Wallace, L. (2008) 'Patient safety on the go: PDA based reporting and learning from critical incidents'. In Hignett, S., Norris, B., Catchpole, K., Hutchinson, A., and Tapley, S. (eds.) Proceedings of Improving Patient Safety: From Safe Design to Safe Practice, 'Improving Patient Safety: From Safe Design to Safe Practice'. Held 16-18 July 2008 in Cambridge, UK. 319-323
  • Moody, L., Bleetman, J., Bristow, H., Forde, V., and Wallace, L. (2007) 'Design of a handheld computer application for clinical critical incident reporting'. In Bust, P.D Proceedings of the Ergonomics Society Conference, 'Contemporary Ergonomics 2007'. Held 17-19 Apr 2007 in Nottingham, UK. Taylor and Francis, 499-504
  • McCarthy, A.D., Moody, L., Waterworth, A.R., and Bickerstaff, D.R. (2006) 'Passive Haptics in an Arthroscopy Training Simulator: Is it valid for core skills training?'. Clinical Orthapaedics and Related Research 442, 13-20
  • Moody, L., Waterworth, A., Arthur, J., Zivanovic, A., and Dibble, E. (2004) 'Ensuring the Usability of a Knee Arthroscopy Simulator'. Studies in Health Technology and Informatics 98, 241-243 
  • Moody, L., and Waterworth, A. (2004) 'A Flexible Virtual Reality Tutorial for the Training and Assessment of Arthroscopic Skills'. Studies in Health Technology and Informatics 98, 244-246
  • Moody, L., Arthur, J., McCarthy A., Waterworth, A., Harley, P., and Smallwood, R.H. (2003) 'The Tactile Augmentation of SKATS: A Human-Centred Approach'. Proceedings of the Ninth International Conference on Virtual Systems and Multimedia. Hybrid Reality: Art, Technology and the Human Factor, 'Ninth International Conference on Virtual Systems and Multimedia. Hybrid Reality: Art, Technology and the Human Factor'. Held 15-17 Oct 2003 in Montreal, Canada. 314-321
  • Moody, L., Baber, C., Arvanitis, T.N., and Elliott, M. (2003) 'Objective Metrics for the Evaluation of Simple Surgical Skill in Real and Virtual Domains'. Presence: Teleoperators and Virtual Environments 12 (2), 207-221. 
  • Moody, L., Arthur, J., Dibble, E., and Zivanovic, A. (2003) 'Haptic Accuracy in a Virtual Reality Arthroscopy Simulator'. In de Waard, D., Brookhuis, K.A., Sommer, S.M., and Verwey, W.B. (eds.) Human Factors in the Age of Virtual Reality, 'Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Europe Chapter Annual Meeting' Held Oct 2002 in Dortmund, Germany. Maastricht: Shaker Publishing, 43-60
  • Zivanovic, A., Dibble, E., Davies, B., Moody, L., and Waterworth, A. (2003) 'Engineering Requirements for a Haptic Simulator for Knee Arthroscopy Training'. Studies in Health Technology and Informatics 94, 413-417
  • Moody, L., and Arthur, J. (2002) 'SKATS: Reducing Risk in Surgical Training'. In Bagnara, S., Pozzi, A., Rizzo, A., and Wright, P. (eds.) Proceedings of the 11th European Conference on Cognitive Ergonomics: Cognition, Culture and Design, '11th European Conference on Cognitive Ergonomics: Cognition, Culture and Design'. Held 08-11 Sep 2002 in Catania, Italy. 259-264
  • Moody, L., Baber, C., and Arvanitis, T.N. (2002) 'Objective Surgical Evaluation based on Haptic Feedback'. Studies in Health Technology and Informatics 85, 304-310
  • Moody, L., Baber, C., and Arvanitis, T.N. (2001) 'The Role of Haptic Feedback in the Training and Assessment of Surgeons using a Virtual Environment'. Proceedings of Eurohatics 2001, 'Eurohatics 2001'. Held 01-04 Jul 2001 in Birmingham, UK. 170-173


  • Work Buddy: Development, evaluation and commercialization of an app to support the learning of new tasks by people with learning disabilities or memory impairments.
  • ERGO WORKSAn EU funded collaboration of academic and industrial partners in six European countries, focused on understanding barriers to workplace inclusion, and tackling some of these barriers through ergonomics education and collaboration.
  • Design in Healthcare (2014): AHRC funded network exploring the 'State of the Art' of Design Theory and Practice in Healthcare. Led by Lab4Living, Sheffield Hallam University, in collaboration with the Royal College of Art and Glasgow School of Art.
  • Global Crisis Prevention and Response consultancy for Unilever: This project involved the development and evaluation of a Competence Framework, Training Materials & Toolkit for a Crisis Prevention and Response. 
  • Devices 4Dignity (2008 – ongoing): D4D works with stakeholders to deliver innovative technology solutions to support patients with long term conditions, in order to preserve dignity and independence. 
  • Feasibility of online cancer self-management support (2011-12): Working with Macmillan Cancer Support and University of Southampton Hospital, this project considered the need for, and feasibility of, a web-based self-management resource for young cancer survivors. 
  • A urinary drainage catheter with novel bladder retention and drainage system (2011—2012): Funded by NIHR i4i this project developed and usability tested a novel catheter design. 
  • Parental views on the Provision of Informed Consent for Neonatal Screening (2008-2009): An exploration of the perceptions and attitudes of parents and future parents to an expanded newborn screening programme in the UK and the preferred information provision and consent processes. 
  • SKATS – Sheffield Knee Arthroscopy Training Simulator (2001-2004): An EPSRC funded collaborative project (University of Warwick, University of Sheffield, Imperial College) to develop a virtual reality environment for training knee surgery.
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