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Cecily Morrison

Cecily Morrison

Cecily Morrison is interested in the intersection of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and healthcare. Most of her research is on the conception, design, evaluation, and implementation of digital technologies in clinical settings. She also has a keen interest in providing new ways for patients to manage their health and wellbeing.

She is currently working on ASSESS MS, a system to support the clinical assessment of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) using the Kinect. This project is a collaboration between the Machine Learning Group at Microsoft Research, three MS clinics, and Novartis Pharmaceutical. Her research focuses on the human-computer interaction (HCI) issues that arise when using a machine-learning based system in clinical practice. Specifically, she is looking at the necessary standardization of assessment movements within the constraints of the clinical environment and ways of presenting machine learning results in a meaningful way to clinicians. She is looking forward to the extension of this project to the home setting.

Cecily holds a BA in ethnomusicology (anthropology) from Columbia University and a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Cambridge. She has most recently spent 3 years working as part of the CLAHRC (Collaborations and Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care) hosted at the Engineering Design Centre, University of Cambridge. In this role, she worked with NHS clinicians to do the needed implementational research to get mobile and web-based interventions into practice.


Jun GT, Morrison C, Clarkson PJ. Articulating current service development practices: a qualitative analysis of eleven mental health projects. BMC Health Services Research 14, 1 (2014), 20.

Hempe E, Morrison C, Holland T. 2013. Exploring the boundary of a specialist service for adults with intellectual disabilities using a Delphi study: a quantification of stakeholder participation. Health Expectations.

Morrison C, Dearden A. 2013. Beyond tokenistic participation: using representational artefacts to enable meaningful public participation in health service design. Health Policy, 112(3), 179-186.

Morrison C, Jones M, Jones R, Vuylsteke A. 2013. “You can”t just hit a button’: An ethnographic study of strategies to repurpose data from advanced clinical information systems for clinical process improvement. BMC Medicine, 11(1), 103.

Huckvale K, Car M, Morrison C, Car J. 2012. Apps for asthma self-management: a systematic assessment of content and tools. BMC Medicine 10, 144.

Case T, Morrison C, Vuylsteke A. 2012. The clinical application of mobile technology to disaster medicine. Prehospital and Disaster Medicine, 27:5, pp. 473-480.

Morrison C, Fitzpatrick G, Blackwell A. 2011. Multi-disciplinary collaboration during ward rounds: embodied aspects of electronic medical record usage. International Journal of Medical Informatics, 80(8):e96-e111.

Morrison C, Blackwell A, Vuylsteke A. 2010. Practitioner-customizable clinical information systems: A case study to ground further research and development opportunities. Journal of Healthcare Engineering 1, no. 3: 297-313.

Morrison C, Blackwell A. 2009. Hospital user research using new media arts. In Proceedings of the 23rd British HCI Group Annual Conference on People and Computers: Celebrating People and Technology, 345-353. Cambridge, United Kingdom: British Computer Society.

Shazia A, Morrison C, Robinson P. 2009. Intentional affect: an alternative notion of affective interaction with a machine. In Proceedings of the 23rd British HCI Group Annual Conference on People and Computers: Celebrating People and Technology, 370-374. Cambridge, United Kingdom: British Computer Society.

Morrison C, Jones M, Blackwell A, Vuylsteke A. 2008. Electronic patient record use during ward rounds: a qualitative study of interaction between medical staff. Critical Care 12, no. 6: R148.

Morrison C, Blackwell A. 2008. Co-located group interaction design. In CHI '08 extended abstracts on Human factors in computing systems, 2587-2590. Florence, Italy: ACM.