Mal Auton

Data Manager, Lancashire CTU / Research Fellow

College of Health and Wellbeing

Brook Building, BB417

+44 (0) 1772 89 3649

Mal now allocates half of his time to Data Management for the Lancashire CTU. The rest of his time is involved with a number of stroke related projects.

Full Profile

Mal has worked on a number of stroke related projects since joining the team in 2001. The majority have involved work with stroke service users and their carers but was also a team member and therapist on the motivational interviewing project. He is currently coordinating the Occupational Therapy in Care Homes (OTCH) project in Central Lancashire for a national multi-centre trial, as well as projects involving motivational interviewing.

Mal is also interested in working on stroke related minority community issues. For example, with the CPRU team he developed and evaluated a stroke information DVD in Hindi for South Asian minority groups. He currently teaches on Principles of Stroke Care, Advanced Stroke Practice and Advanced Research Methods, and is helping to develop and on-line and face to face course to develop enhanced listening skills in service providers who work with stroke survivors.

For the Lancashire CTU, Mal is responsible for the management of trial data. Thus included costing proposals, developing databases, setting up systems to handle and process the incoming data, preparing data reports for CIs / sponsors, the curation of trial data through to archiving and preparation of data sets for statistical analyses.


PGCE (Post Compulsory Education), University of Central Lancashire, 2001
MSc Applied Psychology, Liverpool Hope University, 2001
BSc(Hons) Applied Psychology, Liverpool John Moore’s University, 1999


Watkins CL, Wathan JV, Leathley MJ, Auton MF, Deans CF, Dickinson HA, Jack CIA, Sutton SJ, van den Broek MD, Lightbody CE. The 12 month effects of early Motivational Interviewing after acute stroke: a randomized controlled trial. Stroke. 2011;42:1956-1961.

Jones S, Auton MF, Burton C, Watkins C. Engaging service users in the development of stroke services: an action research study. Journal of Clinical Nursing. 2008;17(10):1270-1279.

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Member, British Psychological Society (MBPsS)

Associate Member, Charted Institute of Educational Assessors (ACIEA)

Member, Society for Research in Rehabilitation (SRR)


HIEC - Health, Innovation and Education Cluster

Stroke Information for South Asian Minority Groups

OTCH - Occupational Therapy for Care Homes

Motivational Interviewing

Workforce Development

External Affiliations and Roles

Director (Trustee) on the board of two charities:

Aftermath Support 

Dreams for Children