Dr Mahsa Honary

Senior Research Associate

Dr. Mahsa Honary is a Senior Research Associate in the Cambridge Service Alliance at University of Cambridge. She is currently working on design, acceptability and usability of a wearable technology for treatment of childhood leukemia. Mahsa has worked in multidisciplinary teams both within the Computing Science Department and the Faculty of Health and Medicine at Lancaster University. To date, she has worked closely with clinicians and service users to assist in the design, development and evaluation of technological solutions in Neurodegenerative Diseases (Motor Neuron Disease and Parkinson’s) and Mental Health (Bipolar Disorder, Psychosis, Eating Disorder, Self-harm and suicide ideation). Through these Digital Health projects, she has collaborated with a number of NHS trusts, industry partners, charity and voluntary organizations. She has secured over £70k funding to design and develop context-aware solutions for management of mood dysregulation amongst adolescents. She is interested in the use of digital biomarkers and sensing solutions to enable ubiquities self-monitoring of health.


Before her academic career, she worked as a Research & Development Engineer for an SME in the North of England. Mahsa has served as Program Chair Committee member for a number of peer-reviewed computer science conferences including ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Late Breaking Work (LBW); International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare; and IEEE Digital Health as a Service Symposium.


Peer-reviewed journal publications 

[1] M.Honary, V.Martinez, T.Wlazlowski, S.Helal, H.von Oertzen, S.Honary, “Getting the country back to work, safely: A digital solution”, ACM Digital Government: Research and Practice, COVID-19 Commentary: Rapid Responses, Government Policies, and Impacts, (July 2020)

[2] F.Lobban, N.Akers, D.Appleby, C.Iraci, L.Chapman, L.Collinge, S.Dodd, S.Flowers, B.Hollingsworth, M.Honary, S.Johnson, S.Jones, C.Mateus, B.Mezes, E.Murray, K.Panagaki, N.Rainford, H.Robinson, A.Rosala-Hallas, W.Sellwood, A.Walker & P.Williamson.“A web-based, peer-supported self-management intervention to reduce distress in relatives of people with psychosis or bipolar disorder: the REACT RCT”, Health Technology Assessment, (July 2020) 

[3] M.Honary, R.McNaney, B.Bell, S.Clinch, “Understanding the Role of Healthy Eating and Fitness Applications in the Formation of Maladaptive Eating and Exercise Behaviors in Young People”, Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR), (June 2019) (The findings in this paper is used in an expert testimony to inform the National Institutes for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines) 

[4] M.Honary, R.McNaney, N.Fisher, F.Lobban, “A Web-Based Intervention for Relatives of People Experiencing Psychosis or Bipolar Disorder: Design Study Using a User-Centered Approach”, Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR) Mental Health, (December 2018) 

[5] F.Lobban, M.Honary, REACT team, “Protocol for an online randomised controlled trial to evaluate the clinical and cost effectiveness of a peer supported self-management intervention for relatives of people with psychosis or bipolar disorder: the Relatives Education And Coping Toolkit (REACT)”, British Medical Journal (BMJ) open, (April 2017) 

[6] F.Lobban, A.Dodd, A.Sawczuk, O.Asar, D.Dagnan, P.Diggle, M.Griffiths, M.Honary, D.Knowles, R.Long, R.Morris, R.Parker, S.Jones, “Randomised controlled trial to assess feasibility and accept- ability of web-based enhanced relapse prevention for bipolar disorder (ERP-online)”, Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR), (March 2017) 

[7] M.Honary, L.Mihaylova, C.Xydeas, “Practical Classification Methods for Indoor Positioning”, The Open Transportation Journal, (July 2012) 

Peer-reviewed conference publications


[8] M.Honary, J.Lee, C.Bull, J.Wang, S.Helal, “What Happens in Peer-Support, Stays in Peer- Support”: Architecture for Dynamic Peer-Sourcing in Mental Health”, IEEE Computers, Software and Applications Conference (COMPSAC) 2020

[9] V.Martinez, S.Becart, I.Rubio, M.Honary, “Service Business Models for Therapeutic Wearable Technologies: Treating Cancer”, European Operations Management Association (EurOMA) 2020

. [10] M.Honary, B.Bell, S.Clinch, J.Vega, L.Kroll, A.Sefi, R.McNaney, “Shaping the Design of Smartphone- Based Interventions for Self-Harm”, ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Sys- tems 2020

[11] E.D.Wilson, S.Helal, C.N.Bull, M.Honary, “Persuasive Health: Back to the Future”, Pervasive Health Conference, IMPACT workshop, Trento, Italy, (May 2019)

[12] S.Clinch, M.Honary, R.McNaney, B.Bell, “Method Selection and Participant Recruitment in Sensitive HCI Research”, Sensitive Research, Practice and Design in HCI workshop, ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Glasgow, UK, (May 2019)

[13] M.Honary, R.McNaney, F.Lobban, “Designing Video Stories Around the Lived Experience of Severe Mental Illness”, ACM Nordi CHI, Oslo, Norway, (October 2018)

[14] M.Honary and R.McNaney, “Considering the Challenges of Designing mHealth with and for Young People in Mental Health Domain”, mHealth and Psycho-Physical Wellbeing workshop, Nordi CHI, Oslo, Norway, (October 2018)

[15] M.Honary, L.Mihaylova, “Classification Algorithms for Indoor Positioning”, 10th International Symposium on Communication Theory and Applications (ISCTA09), Ambleside, Lake District, UK, (July 2009)

[16] M.Honary, L.Mihaylova, “Novel Approach to GMM Classification for Indoor Positioning”, The 4th International Symposium on Broadband Communications (ISBC-2012), Melaka Malaysia, (July 2010)

[17] M.Honary, D.Y.Essafi, L.Mihaylova, “Enhanced Positioning through Inference of Mobile Ter- minal Context”, Optimisation of Mobile Communication Networks (OMCO-Net) Conference, Southampton, UK, (June 2012)

[18] S.Ayub, M.Honary, S.Kariyawasam, B.Honary, “A Practical Approach of VLC Architecture for Smart City”, Loughborough Antennas and Propagation Conference (LAPC), Loughborough, UK, (November 2013)

[19] S.Ayub, M.Honary, S.Kariyawasam, B.Honary, “Visible Light ID System for Indoor Localiza- tion”, 5th International Conference on Wireless and Mobile and Multimedia Networks (ICWMMN 2013), Beijing, China, (November 2013)

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