Dr. Judith Redfern

Senior Research Fellow

School of Nursing

Brook Building, BB423

Subject Areas: Health, Public Health, Social Care

Judith has been working in the area of stroke research since 1997. She is a health services researcher trained in a range of epidemiological and social science disciplines and has applied her diverse skills set to develop and investigate stroke research questions in relation to mood, health service provision, stroke survivor needs and secondary prevention. Her PhD focused on the application of randomised controlled trial methods (RCT) to complex interventions in stroke care. 

Full Profile

Judith started her research career in 1993 as a student working at the Home Office on the British Crime Survey. After graduating in Mathematics and Psychology, she moved into health services research. Her first research post was at University College London working with Ann Bowling on a study into the appropriateness of outpatient care in the North Thames region. In 1997 Judith moved to the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine to work with Shah Ebrahim on a national survey of stroke services funded by The Stroke Association and at the same time started a part-time master’s degree in Health Psychology.

In1999 Judith moved to King’s College London (KCL) to join the South London Stroke Register (SLSR) team contributing to a programme of research into stroke prevention and secondary prevention. Working with Chris McKevitt and Charles Wolfe, she was involved in the development and evaluation of a patient and general practitioner intervention to improve risk factor management after stroke. In 2002, Judith was awarded an MRC Special Training Fellowship in Health Services Research to investigate methods for developing and evaluating complex interventions. She conducted an ethnographic study into the development and evaluation of the Stop Stroke secondary prevention intervention. The Fellowship included an overseas placement in New Zealand working with Craig Anderson on the Auckland Register of Strokes (ARCOS). She also undertook master’s course training in epidemiology and health promotion at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, in social anthropology at Goldsmith’s College London and in Pacific health at University of Auckland. After submitting her PhD in 2006, she became a lecturer in health services research, continuing her work in stroke research as part of the SLSR team. She was the chief investigator on a Stroke Association funded national study into the longer term needs of stroke survivors. She also taught epidemiology on the undergraduate medical course and selected sessions from the medical sociology module of the master’s course in public health.

In 2010 after two periods of maternity leave and a move to Hampshire Judith took a career break to look after her young children. She was given an honorary lecturer post with the stroke team at KCL.

Judith returned to work in February 2013 to take up a part-time lectureship (50% FTE) in Health Services Research at University of Surrey. In collaboration with teams at KCL and University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN) she continued to develop her research interests in complex interventions and health care management for stroke survivors obtaining funding to investigate risk factor management in stroke and TIA over time. Judith’s role also included a 50% teaching commitment and she used this to complete her Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning; developed and lead the MSc module Critical appraisal and evidence based practice; was co-lead on a second module Innovating clinical practice; and contributed to teaching on undergraduate and postgraduate courses including Advanced Research Methods. Judith set up and chaired the School of Health & Social Care doctoral writing group, as well as being second supervisor to two doctoral students.

In August 2014 Judith moved to her current position as part-time Senior Research Fellow with the stroke team headed by Caroline Watkins at UCLAN where she has been working with an international collaboration updating two Cochrane reviews evaluating the efficacy of interventions to prevent and treat post stoke depression.


  • BSc (Hons) Mathematics and Psychology (University of Sunderland, 1995)
  • MSc Health Psychology (University College London & King’s College London, 1999)
  • PhD Public Health Medicine (King’s College London, 2007)

Membership of professional and learned bodies

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
  • Member of the British Psychological Society.

Research Activities

My research interests include:

  • interventions for preventing and managing post stroke depression;
  • risk factor management and stroke secondary prevention;
  • methods for developing and evaluating complex health care interventions;
  • mixed methods research designs;
  • stroke survivor needs;
  • ethnicity and stoke.

Current research activities:

  • Pharmacological, psychological and non-invasive brain stimulation intervention for treating depression after stroke. Cochrane Review
  • Pharmacological, psychological and non-invasive brain stimulation intervention for preventing depression after stroke. Cochrane Review
  • Management of risk factors for secondary prevention in patients with TIA and minor stroke.


Previously funded projects:

  • Management of risk factors for secondary prevention in patients with TIA and minor stroke. Kent, Surrey and Sussex Academic Health Science Network pump prime funding 2014 (£23, 686).
  • Stroke Survivor Needs Survey. The Stroke Association 2009 (£159,596)
  • Stop Stroke: The south London secondary prevention programme. The Stroke Association programme grant 2004-2008 (5 year programme grant extension) £250,000.
  • Development and application of methods for evaluating innovative strategies for secondary prevention after stroke in an inner city multi-ethnic population. Medical Research Council Special Training Fellowship in Health of the Public Research 2002-2006 (£163,000).

Teaching activities and responsibilities

HeRMI sessions:

  • formulating a research question and an introduction to searching methods for systematic reviews;
  • literature searching workshop.

External Affiliations and Roles

  • Honorary Research Fellow, University of Surrey.


Connell LA, McMahon NE, Redfern J, Watkins CL, Eng JJ. Development of a behaviour change intervention to increase upper limb exercise in stroke rehabilitation. Implementation Science 2015; 10:34.

McKevitt C; Fudge N; Redfern J; Sheldenkar A; Crichton S; Rudd AR; Forster A; Young J; Nazareth I; Silver LE; Rothwell PM; Wolfe CD. Self-reported long-term needs after stroke. Stroke 2011; 42 1398-403.

Wolfe CD; Redfern J; Rudd AG; Grieve AP; Heuschmann PU; McKevitt C. Cluster randomized controlled trial of a patient and general practitioner intervention to improve the management of multiple risk factors after stroke: stop stroke. Stroke 2010; 41: 2470-6.

Fudge N; Redfern J; Wolfe C; McKevitt C. Streamlined research governance: are we there yet? BMJ Vol. 341 c4625

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