Audrey Bowen

Audrey Bowen, BA, MSc, PhD, AFBPsS, CPsychol


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Professor of Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, University of Manchester

Theme lead: Rehabilitation and Living With Disability, Geoffrey Jefferson Brain Research Centre

Research interests

Neurorehabilitation with a special interest in stroke. My research aims to improve services for people with neuropsychological impairments and communication difficulties, and informal carers. These resulted in a successful research impact case in the UK's REF2014 and a submission pending for REF2021

Active research projects:

Longley V, Bowen A (lead CI), Edge D, Cheyne J, Naicker R, Zadik J, Bamford A, Rickard S, Kwaku-Odoi C and Ahmad M. A rapid review of Health Inequalities after stroke. Stroke Association, £7K, 2022-2023.

Mitchell C, Kirkham J (joint CIs), et al. Bowen A (Co-I). Development of a core outcome set for clinical research on interventions for speech impairments in Stroke: COS-Speech. NIHR RfPB, £117K, 2022-2023.

Mitchell C. (Supervisor: Bowen A). Postdoctoral Fellowship. Speech after stroke recovery study: exploring speech recovery over time and core outcome set. Stroke Association, £212K, 2021-27.

Lucas L. (Supervisor: Bowen A). Postgraduate Fellowship. Understanding therapeutic alliance in supported self-management in community stroke services. Stroke Association £115K, 2021-24.

Clatworthy P (CI), et al. Bowen A (Co-I). Hemianopia Activity-Based InTervention (HABIT): for visual field loss after stroke. NIHR RfPB £160,415,  2019 -2022

Patchwood E (CI), Hill G, Vail A, Bowen A (CoI). Development & feasibility trial of an Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) group intervention to address psychological distress in life after stroke...Stroke Association PDF £174,993, 2019-22

Does Interleukin-1 Receptor Antagonist Improve Outcome following aneurysmal Subarachnoid Haemorrhage (aSAH)? NIHR EME, King A (CI) et al Bowen A (Co-I). 2017 for 62 mts

Return to Work After Stroke (RETAKE) NIHR HTA, Radford K (CI) et al, Bowen A (Co-I) 2017 - 2023

Completed projects being disseminated:

Gittins M (CI) et al. Improving patient outcomes and experience – translating stroke research expertise to Vestibular Schwannoma. Wellcome Trust Institutional Translational Partnership Award (iTPA) – Access to Expertise (A2E), 2020-2021

SCOPE (Strategies to COPE with cognitive difficulties after stroke). Stroke Association John Marshall Memorial Readership Award, (Bowen personal award) 2015-2020

A feasibility Study of Prisms And Therapy In Attention Loss after stroke (SPATIAL feasibility). NIHR RfPB, Bowen A (CI), et al. 2018-20


Completed research projects: 

include RCTs evaluating effectiveness of therapy (e.g. OSCARSS, Big CACTUS, ACT NoW); observational studies of current practice (dementia and stroke, therapy provision, six month reviews, oral care); systematic review/meta-analysis of existing evidence (e.g. unilateral neglect, dysarthria); psychometric development of new patient reported outcome measures (PROMs) to evaluate therapy (e.g. COAST, Carer COAST, PRECiS). See publications.

The PROMs can be downloaded free via Innovation Factory e.g. COAST - University of Manchester - Innovation Factory (

Patient, carer and public involvement:

Our research benefits from partnership working with stroke survivors and carers in study-specific research user groups (RUGs) e.g. ACT NOW (aphasia & dysarthria), EverReady (dysarthria), OSCARSS (carers), SPATIAL (neglect/inattention), WATERS (well-being), and HEARD (dysarthria).

Our co-authored paper from the carer advisory group on the OSCARSS trial is here 

For Annette's powerful 'living with dysarthria' blog 

ACT NoW publications and aphasia-friendly resources can be downloaded

Coming soon, reports from the stroke survivor advisory group for the Cochrane review of spatial neglect/inattention and a co-authored paper from the SPATIAL trial advisory group. The easy acccess report and poster/video presentations from the SPATIAL advisory group are here


I provide undergraduate and postgraduate teaching including research project supervision and an academic advisor role across various programmes: BSc psychology, BSc cognitive neuroscience and psychology, MSci, MRes, MSc clinical and health psychology, ClinPsyD. 

My collaborations


  • Dr Claire Mitchell, University of Manchester
  • Prof Jamie Kirkham, University of Manchester 
  • Dr Paul Conroy, University of Manchester 
  • Dr Emma Patchwood, University of Manchester
  • Prof Andy VailUniversity of Manchester
  • Dr Matt Gittins, University of Manchester
  • Prof Sarah Peters, University of Manchester
  • Dr Sarah Cotterill, University of Manchester
  • Dr Rachael Powell, University of Manchester
  • Dr Hui Guo, University of Manchester
  • Dr Kate Radford, University of Nottingham
  • Dr Phil Clatworthy, University of Bristol
  • Dr Alex Pollock, Glasgow Caledonian University
  • Prof Caroline Watkins, UCLAN
  • Dr Ailie Turton, UWE
  • Dr Peii Chen, Kessler Foundation
  • Dr Kimberly Hreha
  • Dr Mauro Mancuso
  • Dr Helena Fordell
  • Dr Patrik Vuilleumier
  • Dr Sarah Wallace 
  • Lindy Williams

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

External Committees

  • Member, NIHR Development & Skills Enhancement panel  
  • Chair, OX - Chronic Steering Committee 
  • Editorial Board Member, Clinical Rehabilitation
  • Member, Stroke Association Expert Advisory Panel


2013 Chartered member of the British Psychological Society

2002 Fellow (FHEA) Advance HE

1999 Associate Fellow of British Psychological Society

1998 PhD, University of Leeds

1992 MSc Experimental and Clinical Neuropsychology, University of Wales

1987 BA Psychology, National University of Ireland

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being


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