Liz Lightbody

Dr. Liz Lightbody

Research Fellow / Senior Lecturer

School of Nursing

Brook Building, BB415

+44 (0) 1772 89 3648

Liz's main research interests are in the areas of stroke and falls in older people. Her doctoral thesis was on detecting depression following a stroke. She explored the performance of a range of approaches to detecting depression. The research was prompted by some preliminary work, which demonstrated the apparent lack of attention paid to mood (and other psychological and neuropsychological problems) by the multidisciplinary team. Liz is a member of the Clinical Practice Research Unit.

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For her postdoctoral research, she hopes to explore a team approach to the detection and management of depression.

Another particular research interest of Liz's is in psychological support, both post-stroke and in older people following a fall. She has been involved in examining psychological interventions to both prevent and treat depression following a stroke. She hopes, in collaboration with the University of Leeds, to conduct a systematic review of trials of anxiety treatment after stroke.

Utilising previous research in falls as a robust platform from which to apply this expertise to stroke, she is currently exploring falls and bone health post-stroke.

All strands of research are driven by a desire to raise standards of care for individuals who experience strokes or falls.


Marsden J, Gibson L, Lightbody CE, Shama AK, Siddiqi M, Watkins C; Can early onset bone loss be effectively managed in post-stroke patients? An integrative review of the evidence; Age and Ageing; (In Press)

Lightbody CE, Auton M, Baldwin R, Gibbon B, Hamer S, Leathley M, Sutton C, Watkins C; The use of nurses’ and carers’ observations in the identification of post-stroke depression; Journal of Advanced Nursing; (In Press)

More publications


Membership of the Royal College of Nursing, Society of Rehabilitation Research, National Stroke Nursing Forum


ASTUTE - Acute Stroke Telemedicine: Utility, Training and Education

HIEC - Health, Innovation and Education Cluster

Motivational Interviewing

TeRaFs - Technology in Radiotherapy Feasibility

Workforce Development

External Activities

Journal Reviewer for, Age and Ageing, Archives of Physical and Medical Rehabilitation, Journal of Psychosomatic Research.

Reviewer for HTA programme grants