Mary Webster | Doctoral Trainee

Mary Webster

Mary Webster studied her BSc in Psychology and MSc in Applied Psychology in Mental Health at the Magee campus of The University of Ulster. She moved to Newcastle in 2012 to take up a research assistant post with Open LabĀ at Newcastle University.
Mary began working towards her PhD in September 2012 and splits her time between the Institute of Health and Society and Computing Science. She is currently exploring the development and evaluation of a peer support system for children and young people with Type 1 Diabetes.
Other work includes the development of a toolkit to empathically engage university staff in improving the experiences of disabled postgraduate students.


Using Disability Law to expand Academic Freedom for Disabled Researchers in the United Kingdom
Kirkham R, Webster M, Chen K, Vines J, Journal of Historical Sociology65-91


Understanding the lived experience of adolescents with type 1 diabetes: opportunities for design
Webster M, Foster E, Comber R, Bowen S, Cheetham T, Balaam M, Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Interaction Design and Children (IDC '15)140-149
Designing for and with People with Parkinson's: A Focus on Exergaming
McNaney R, Balaam M, Holden A, Schofield G, Jackson D, Webster M, Galna B, Barry G, Rochester L, Olivier P, 33rd Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems501--510


Retraining function in people with Parkinson’s disease using the Microsoft kinect: game design and pilot testing
Galna B, Jackson D, Schofield G, McNaney R, Webster M, Barry G, Mhiripiri D, Balaam M, Olivier P, Rochester L, Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation1-12


Trust and Evidence in an Online Community of Speech and Language Therapists: The Case of iPad Use
Sutton S, Vines J, McNaney R, Webster M, Olivier P, Digital Enconomy 2013: Open Digital


PD Kinection - Retraining function with exercise based computer games for people with Parkinson’s disease
Galna B, Jackson D, Olivier P, Schofield G, Barry G, Balaam M, McNaney R, Webster M, Mhiripiri D, Rochester L, Parkinson's UK Research Conference

Associated Projects

  • The Development and Evaluation of a Peer Support System for Children and Young People with Type 1 Diabetes
    Diabetes is one of the most prevalent non-communicable diseases in the world today and numbers of affected individuals in the UK are predicted to rise, raising concerns not only for the health of the nation but also the capability of a healthcare syste...
    August 30, 2011
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