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Dr Mary Lavelle

Senior Research Fellow in Mental Health

School of Health Sciences, Division of Nursing

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MYDDELTON STREET BUILDING, Myddelton Street Building

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City, University of London
Northampton Square
United Kingdom



Dr Mary Lavelle is a Senior Research Fellow in Mental Health in the School of Health Sciences at City, University of London. Her research interests are focused on how people engage in social interaction in the context of healthcare.

Mary completed her PhD at Queen Mary University, where she employed 3D motion capture techniques to investigate social deficits in psychosis. From here she moved to King’s College London and then Imperial College London, where she worked in the field of patient safety research. She has co-developed a programme of research exploring team communication in healthcare settings, examining the impact on patient and staff safety. Mary continues this programme of work at City, specifically focusing on team dynamics and safety in mental health settings.


  1. PhD, Queen Mary University of London, United Kingdom, Oct 2007 – Oct 2011
  2. MSc. Forensic Psychology, University of York, United Kingdom, Oct 2004 – Sep 2005
  3. BSc Hons Forensic Psychobiology, Abertay University, United Kingdom, Sep 2000 – Jun 2004


  1. Honorary Reserach Fellow, Imperial College London, Mar 2019 – present
  2. Senior Research Fellow, City, University of London, Mar 2019 – present
  3. Honorary Research Fellow, King's College London, Nov 2017 – present

Memberships of committees

  1. Society for Simulation Applied to Medicine, Scientific Committee
  2. British Psychologial Society


Conference papers and proceedings (2)

  1. Healey, P.G.T., Plant, N., Howes, C. and Lavelle, M. (2015). When words fail: Collaborative gestures during clarification dialogues.
  2. Howes, C., Purver, M., McCabe, R., Healey, P.G.T. and Lavelle, M. (2012). Predicting adherence to treatment for schizophrenia from dialogue transcripts.

Journal articles (21)

  1. Jabur, Z., Lavelle, M. and Attoe, C. (2020). Improving decision-making and cognitive bias using innovative approaches to simulated scenario and debrief design. BMJ Simulation and Technology Enhanced Learning, 6(1), pp. 49–51. doi:10.1136/bmjstel-2018-000366.
  2. Lavelle, M., Reedy, G.B., Cross, S., Jaye, P., Simpson, T. and Anderson, J.E. (2020). An evidence based framework for the Temporal Observational Analysis of Teamwork in healthcare settings. Appl Ergon, 82, p. 102915. doi:10.1016/j.apergo.2019.102915.
  3. Markiewicz, O., Lavelle, M., Lorencatto, F., Judah, G., Ashrafian, H. and Darzi, A. (2020). Threats to safe transitions from hospital to home: A consensus study in North West London primary care. British Journal of General Practice, 70(690). doi:10.3399/bjgp19X707105.
  4. Dewa, L.H., Lawrence-Jones, A., Crandell, C., Jaques, J., Pickles, K., Lavelle, M. … Aylin, P. (2020). Reflections, impact and recommendations of a co-produced qualitative study with young people who have experience of mental health difficulties. Health Expectations. doi:10.1111/hex.13088.
  5. Lavelle, M., Reedy, G.B., Attoe, C., Simpson, T. and Anderson, J.E. (2019). Beyond the clinical team: evaluating the human factors-oriented training of non-clinical professionals working in healthcare contexts. Advances in Simulation, 4(1). doi:10.1186/s41077-019-0101-1.
  6. Dewa, L.H., Lavelle, M., Pickles, K., Kalorkoti, C., Jaques, J., Pappa, S. … Aylin, P. (2019). Young adults’ perceptions of using wearables, social media and other technologies to detect worsening mental health: A qualitative study. PLoS ONE, 14(9). doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0222655.
  7. Renwick, L., Lavelle, M., James, K., Stewart, D., Richardson, M. and Bowers, L. (2019). The physical and mental health of acute psychiatric ward staff, and its relationship to experience of physical violence. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 28(1), pp. 268–277. doi:10.1111/inm.12530.
  8. Attoe, C., Lavelle, M., Sherwali, S., Rimes, K. and Jabur, Z. (2019). Student interprofessional mental health simulation (SIMHS): evaluating the impact on medical and nursing students, and clinical psychology trainees. Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice, 14(1), pp. 46–58. doi:10.1108/JMHTEP-06-2018-0037.
  9. Lavelle, M., Abthorpe, J., Simpson, T., Reedy, G., Little, F. and Banerjee, A. (2018). MBRRACE in simulation: an evaluation of a multi-disciplinary simulation training for medical emergencies in obstetrics (MEmO). Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 38(6), pp. 781–788. doi:10.1080/01443615.2017.1419339.
  10. Lavelle, M., Attoe, C., Tritschler, C. and Cross, S. (2017). Managing medical emergencies in mental health settings using an interprofessional in-situ simulation training programme: A mixed methods evaluation study. Nurse Education Today, 59, pp. 103–109. doi:10.1016/j.nedt.2017.09.009.
  11. Reedy, G.B., Lavelle, M., Simpson, T. and Anderson, J.E. (2017). Development of the Human Factors Skills for Healthcare Instrument: a valid and reliable tool for assessing interprofessional learning across healthcare practice settings. BMJ Simulation and Technology Enhanced Learning, 3(4), pp. 135–141. doi:10.1136/bmjstel-2016-000159.
  12. Renwick, L., Lavelle, M., Brennan, G., Stewart, D., James, K., Richardson, M. … Bowers, L. (2016). Physical injury and workplace assault in UK mental health trusts: An analysis of formal reports. International journal of mental health nursing, 25(4), pp. 355–366. doi:10.1111/inm.12201.
  13. Renwick, L., Stewart, D., Richardson, M., Lavelle, M., James, K., Hardy, C. … Bowers, L. (2016). Aggression on inpatient units: Clinical characteristics and consequences. International journal of mental health nursing, 25(4), pp. 308–318. doi:10.1111/inm.12191.
  14. Lavelle, M., Stewart, D., James, K., Richardson, M., Renwick, L., Brennan, G. … Bowers, L. (2016). Predictors of effective de-escalation in acute inpatient psychiatric settings. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 25(15-16), pp. 2180–2188. doi:10.1111/jocn.13239.
  15. Richardson, M., Brennan, G., James, K., Lavelle, M., Renwick, L., Stewart, D. … Bowers, L. (2015). Describing the precursors to and management of medication nonadherence on acute psychiatric wards. General Hospital Psychiatry, 37(6), pp. 606–612. doi:10.1016/j.genhosppsych.2015.06.017.
  16. Lavelle, M., Dimic, S., Wildgrube, C., Mccabe, R. and Priebe, S. (2015). Non-verbal communication in meetings of psychiatrists and patients with schizophrenia. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, 131(3), pp. 197–205. doi:10.1111/acps.12319.
  17. Lavelle, M., Healey, P.G.T. and McCabe, R. (2014). Participation during first social encounters in schizophrenia. PLoS ONE, 9(1). doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0077506.
  18. Lavelle, M., Healey, P.G.T. and McCabe, R. (2014). Nonverbal behavior during face-to-face social interaction in schizophrenia: A review. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 202(1), pp. 47–54. doi:10.1097/NMD.0000000000000031.
  19. McCabe, R., Healey, P.G.T., Priebe, S., Lavelle, M., Dodwell, D., Laugharne, R. … Bremner, S. (2013). Shared understanding in psychiatrist-patient communication: Association with treatment adherence in schizophrenia. Patient Education and Counseling, 93(1), pp. 73–79. doi:10.1016/j.pec.2013.05.015.
  20. Lavelle, M., Healey, P.G.T. and McCabe, R. (2013). Is nonverbal communication disrupted in interactions involving patients with schizophrenia? Schizophrenia Bulletin, 39(5), pp. 1150–1158. doi:10.1093/schbul/sbs091.
  21. Lavelle, M., McCabe, R. and Healey, P.G.T. (2008). IS RECIPROCITY IMPAIRED IN SCHIZOPHRENIA: AN ANALYSIS OF NATURALISTIC SOCIAL INTERACTION. Schizophrenia Research, 102(1-3), pp. 123–123. doi:10.1016/s0920-9964(08)70371-2.