UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology


Ella Clark

e.clark@ucl.ac.uk 02034488774 @clark_ev

Current roles

Trial manager, PhD Student and Trainee Health Psychologist:I am the trial manager for the GUSTO (Group self-management after stroke) study which is a fully funded feasibility study exploring group self-management for stroke. The project is funded by NIHR RfPB and is also the foundations of my PhD. In addition, I am training to become a health psychologist. More information about the latter can be found here: https://careers.bps.org.uk/area/health

My Interests

  • Self-management
  • Stroke
  • Rehabilitation
  • Chronic conditions
  • Self-efficacy
  • Health psychology
  • Behaviour change

My Research

Many individuals living with long-term conditions self-manage. This may mean managing medical, emotional and behavioural aspects of their condition as well as day-to-day activities such as dressing. My research is focussed on one condition in particular: stroke.

Self-management can be used to help stroke survivors, adapt to the ‘new normal’ that they are experiencing post stroke. It may also increase an individual’s confidence in their ability to do specific tasks or activities. Self-management programmes are designed to equip individuals with skills that may facilitate self-management. For example, goal setting, problem solving and reflection.

Bridges is a one-to-one self-management programme which is already used within the NHS (http://www.bridgesselfmanagement.org.uk/). It has been shown to have positive effects on stroke survivors. Recently, there has been growing interest in whether self-management programmes could be delivered in a group setting as this may cost less and would provide peer support.

For my PhD I will be looking at whether it is possible to deliver Bridges in a group setting. The project will run from March 2015 for 3 years.


  • £1760. National Institute for Health Research UCL Hospitals Biomedical Research Centre/Wellcome Trust Patient and Public Involvement Bursary Fund. 
  • £208, 477. National Institute for Health Research for Patient benefit. Feasibility study looking at Group self-management after stroke.
  • £2385. University College London NHS Trust Continued Professional Development Fund.


One size does not fit all – Stroke survivor’s views on group self-management interventions. Clark E, Bennett K, Ward N, Jones F, Disability and Rehabilitation (2016)

Limb Heaviness: A Perceptual Phenomenon Associated With Post stroke Fatigue? A Kuppuswamy, Clark E, Rothwell J, Ward NS, Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair, (2016).

Prior physical exertion modulates allocentric distance perception: a demonstration of task irrelevant cross modal transfer. Ella V Clark, Nick S Ward, Annapoorna Kuppuswamy. Experimental Brain Research (2016)

Post-Stroke fatigue: a deficit in corticomotor excitability? Kuppuswamy A., Clark EV, Turner IF, Rothwell JC, Ward NS, Brain (2015).

Post-stroke fatigue: a problem of altered corticomotor control? Kuppuswamy A, Clark E, Sandhu K, Rothwell J, Ward, N, Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery and psychiatry (2015).

Beta oscillations reflect changes in motor cortex inhibition in healthy ageing. Holly E Rossiter, Emma M Davis, Ella V Clark, Marie-Hélène Boudrias, Nick S Ward, Neuroimage (2014)