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Dr Tor Alexander Bruce

Department: Nursing, Midwifery & Health

An interdisciplinary researcher working in applied research between the health and life sciences, human computer interaction and human centred design. A core focus is the prototyping, build, trial and evaluation of digital, intelligent systems to support a range of mental and physical healthcare needs. Notable research is: The Timeline; The Intuitive Jacket; The WISE Room; The Reflection Chair - linked to international presentation and publication of work. Additional key role in applications for academic funding (£894,000 - Innovate UK; £60,000 - NHS England). Previously, a registered charity founder and CEO who raised £500,000+ to implement an alternative education facility for young people in the North East of England. A published author of two books linked to psychology and a master-level practitioner in Neurolinguistic Programming.

Tor Alexander Bruce


An interdisciplinary researcher within Health and Life Sciences, Human Computer Interaction (HCI) and Human Centred Design. A qualified teacher and AFHEA certified Associate Lecturer linked to critical innovation and prototyping toward social change. A recent focus towards developing, implementing and evaluating novel proof of concept systems and interventions for trauma and also for pedagogical uses in digital mental healthcare and education, incorporating a human-centric, qualitative methodology and using Adobe XD, Unity and Intuiface as build-tools. From a Third Sector background, a former charity founder and CEO showing depth and consistency in strategic leadership, social problem-solving, partnership-building and implementation of concepts with a human empowerment focus with marginalised children and young people (CYP). A bid-writer raising in excess of £500,000 and current contributor to awarded academic bids. Research has involved cross-sectoral, multidisciplinary partnership building, presenting in Japan (ACM CHI), the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden and disseminating findings from a published research paper in Aaarhus, Denmark. Awarded NHS-HRA IRAS approval for research at James Cook Hospital, Teeside. Consistency in research alignment to Integrated Health and Social Care IDRT; Research Pillar: Innovative Health and Complex Interventions; REF28; also the Centre for Health and Social Equity (CHASE) agenda, changing barriers with surrounding communities, involving participants as experts by experience. Ongoing Patient and Public Involvement (PPI), NVivo and SPSS training.

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Digital Environment to Support Student Wellbeing Secures NHS Funding, Bruce, T. 20 Jul 2023
  • Digital immersive environments can improve student retention, Bruce, T. 6 Jul 2023, In: British Journal of Nursing
  • Immersive Environments, Enactive Systems. The Timeline: Designing a Digital Experiential Intervention for Trauma, Bruce, T. 16 Apr 2023
  • Plunge students into experiential learning with immersive rooms, Bruce, D. 31 Oct 2023
  • The Intuitive Jacket: Creating A Wearable Interface Acknowledging the Role of the Body in Trauma Mental Health, Bruce, T., Lightley, L., Wright, C., Rebair, A., Holmquist, L. 14 Mar 2023, AHs '23: Proceedings of the Augmented Humans International Conference 2023, New York, NY, USA, ACM
  • The WISE Room: meeting critical needs with essential resources, Bruce, T. 27 Jul 2023, In: British Journal of Nursing
  • The Timeline: A Qualitative Study Exploring Therapeutic Experiences in an Immersive Interactive Virtual Environment (IIVE) for Trauma Mental Healthcare, Bruce, T., Rebair, A., Holmquist, L. 8 Oct 2022, NordiCHI ‘22 Conference (CHI ’22), Aarhus, Denmark. Participative Computing for Sustainable Futures. October 8-12, 2022, New York, ACM
  • Study overview: immersive multisensory environments in mental healthcare - a contribution to the CHI21 workshop program: design and creation of inclusive user interactions through immersive media, Bruce, T., Holmquist, L. 8 May 2021, ACM CHI 2021 Workshop
  • Corona Virus Disease (COVID 19) Basic Human Survival Essentials: Water; Air; Light and Connectivity, as a Preventative Response in a Global Pandemic, Bruce, T. Mar 2020
  • Corona Virus Disease (COVID 19): Rapid Human Ingenuity Through Innovation and Technology as a Proactive and Admirable Response in the Storm of a Global Pandemic, Bruce, T. 1 Mar 2020





  • Health Studies PhD March 01 2023
  • Social Studies/Science MRes September 01 2018

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