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Professor Gail Mountain

Professor Gail Mountain

Head of Dementia Studies, Professor of Applied Dementia Research

Research interests

  • Development and testing of interventions for people with early stage dementia
  • Design and dementia
  • Outcome measures for use in psychosocial dementia research and in practice
  • Potential of technology in promoting living well with dementia

Role in education and training

  • PhD supervisor
  • Lead for knowledge transfer activities

External activity

  • HPC registered occupational therapist

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Dr Ana Barbosa

Dr Ana Barbosa

Dementia Care Consultant and Trainer

Role in education and training

  • Short Course:  Cornerstones of Person Centred Dementia Care
  • Train the Trainer Programme in Person Centred Dementia Care

Research interests

  • Person-centred dementia care
  • Supporting the emotional development of care staff
  • Psychosocial interventions for people with dementia and their carers

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Dr Alan Blighe

Dr Alan Blighe

Research Programme Manager

Research interests:

  • Improving quality of life for older people
  • Health care in care homes
  • Cognitive and perceptual ageing
  • Perceptual learning
  • Memory consolidation / retrieval

Role in education and training:

  • I am currently supervising Jenny Adams, a PhD student investigating the role of the care home admissions process in proactive health care.

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Dr Andrea Capstick

Dr Andrea Capstick

Senior Lecturer in Dementia Studies, Postgraduate Programmes Leader

Research interests

  • Creative and arts-based approaches to involving people with dementia
  • Uses of digital media; Participatory video and digital storytelling
  • Understanding the experiences of harder to reach groups of people with dementia
  • Improving dementia education and training

Role in education and training

Programme leader: MSc Dementia Studies and MSc Dementia Studies (Training in Dementia Care); PG Cert Dementia Studies (Arts and Activities).

Module leader: Understanding the experiences of people with dementia, Practice development and organisational change in dementia care, Service evaluation in dementia care, Dementia training: skills and approaches, Evidence-based dementia training, Arts and activities in dementia care

PhD supervisor for:

  • Laura Middleton-Green: Suffering in end-of life care
  • Courtney Shaw:  Improving three-way communication during transitions between home and hospital for people with dementia.

External roles

  • Member of the Alzheimer’s Society
  • Fellow of the NIHR School for Social Care Research
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Member of the Participatory Video Network

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Lindsey Collins

Lindsey Collins

Dementia Care Consultant and Trainer

Research Interests:

  • Enhancing communication and interaction
  • The experience of eating and drinking difficulties
  • End of life care for people living with dementia
  • Improving quality of life and quality of care

Role in Education and Training:

  • Development and delivery of short courses in person centred dementia care
  • Development and delivery of cascade training in person centred dementia care
  • Dementia Care Mapping Trainer

External Profile / Engagement:

  • Registered Speech and Language Therapist
  • Clinical Excellence Network for Speech and Language Therapy in Old Age Psychiatry

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Professor Murna Downs

Professor Murna Downs

Professor in Dementia Studies

Research interests

  • The experience of people living with dementia and their families
  • Embedding person-centred care using Dementia Care Mapping
  • Improving health care in care homes
  • Improving transitions in dementia care

Role in education and training

PhD supervisor for:

  • Jenny Adams: Role of care home admissions process in proactive health care
  • Kirsty Haunch: Promoting social inclusion of people living with advanced dementia in care homes
  • Analisa Smythe: Effectiveness of training in person-centred care for care home staff
  • Denise de Waal: Optimising health care for people living with dementia with their spouses in the community

External roles

  • Member of the Alzheimer’s Society Research Strategy Council
  • Ambassador for the Alzheimer’s Society
  • Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America
  • Member of the National Institute for Health Research Portfolio Development Group for Dementia and Neuro-degenerative Diseases

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Dr Gary Fry

Dr Gary Fry

Research Assistant

Research interests:

  • Experiences of family carers of people with dementia
  • Use of assistive technologies in social care
  • How new developments in social policy can enhance service provision
  • Employment support for carers seeking to reconcile work and care

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Dr Danielle Jones

Dr Danielle Jones

BSc in Dementia Studies programme leader

Research interests

  • Conversation Analysis
  • Everyday interaction
  • Family communication and relationships

Role in education and training

  • BSc programme leader

External role

  • Founder of the Dementia Communication Research Network (DCRN), a European network of scholars involved in undertaking research on Dementia and Communication.

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Dr Kathryn Lord

Dr Kathryn Lord

Research Fellow

Research interests

  • Decision-making for people affected by dementia
  • Interventions to support family carers of people living with dementia
  • Improving transitions in dementia care

Role in education and training

  • Supervision of MSc students in dementia studies
  • PhD supervisor for Angela Richardson: Optimising the transition for nursing home residents living with dementia who return to their place of care after discharge from hospital

External roles

  • Member of INTERDEM: Early detection and timely INTERvention in DEMentia
  • Member of World Young Leaders in Dementia (WYLD) Network

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Clare Mason

Clare Mason

Dementia Care Trainer

Research Interests:

  • Person-centred dementia care
  • Sight loss and dementia
  • Young onset dementia

Role in education and training:

  • Training care, hospital and hospice staff
  • Facilitating cascade training
  • Developing new training programmes for practice development

External profile/engagements:

  • Supported holidays for people with dementia and their partner/carers
  • Organise activities such as cooking classes for people living with dementia
  • Lead a support group for people living with young onset dementia
  • Facilitate online support for people living with young onset dementia

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Professor Jan R Oyebode

Professor Jan R Oyebode

Professor of Dementia Care

Research interests:

  • Living with dementia in the community
  • Family relationships in dementia
  • Young onset and fronto-temporal dementias
  • Impact of culture on experience and service needs in dementia
  • Bereavement and loss

Role in Education and Training:

Module leader for Assessment and Diagnosis in dementia, Certificate for Practitioners with a Special Interest

PhD supervisor for:

External profile/engagements:

  • Registered Clinical Psychologist

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Dr Sahdia Parveen

Dr Sahdia Parveen

Post-doctoral Research Fellow

Research interests:

  • Family carers of people with dementia
  • Impact of culture on experience and service needs in dementia
  • Living with dementia in the community

Role in Education and Training:

  • Supervision of undergraduate clinical science students
  • Supervision of MSc students in dementia studies
  • PhD Student (Akhlak Rauf)

External profile/engagements:

  • BME Dementia Network
  • Dementia Detectives
  • Dementia Champion

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Dr Catherine Powell

Dr Catherine Powell

Research Fellow

Research interests:

  • Care
  • Ageing population
  • Intergenerational relationships

Current research activity:

  • Research fellow for the National Institute for Health Research funded ‘Better Health in Residents in Care Homes’ (BHiRCH) project

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Professor Richard Fortinsky

Professor Richard Fortinsky

Honorary Professor

Richard H. Fortinsky, PhD, is a professor at the University of Connecticut (UConn) School of Medicine, where he holds the Health Net, Inc. Endowed Chair in Geriatrics and Gerontology. He also holds a secondary academic appointment at the UConn School of Nursing.

For more than 30 years, Dr. Fortinsky has worked with researchers from a wide range of clinical, social, and behavioral science disciplines to design and carry out studies with the goals of improving care and maximizing health and independent living for older adults and their families.

With funding from the U.S. National Institutes of Health and other peer-reviewed sources, Dr. Fortinsky has directed or collaborated on numerous non-pharmacological intervention studies designed to build links with community resources and improve health-related outcomes for people living at home with dementia and their families. Currently, he is directing a translational study with funding from the National Institute on Aging (R01 AG044504) to incorporate new, evidence-based occupational therapy and nursing services for people with dementia and their family carers into an existing publicly-funded home care program for older adults in the state of Connecticut in the USA.  

Dr. Fortinsky recently collaborated with Professor Murna Downs to publish an article in the journal Health Affairs, comparing seven countries’ national dementia strategies on how well they address care transitions for people with dementia in a person-centered way.  Dr. Fortinsky received his doctoral degree in Sociology in 1984 from Brown University, specializing in medical sociology and gerontology. 

Dr Dianne Gove

Dr Dianne Gove

Honorary Visiting Honorary Research Fellow

Dianne Gove was awarded a PhD from the University of Bradford in 2013 for her research exploring GPs' perceptions of dementia and how these relate to stigma and timely diagnosis. Prior to this, she obtained a BSc Honours Degree in Psychology and MAs in Education and Psychoanalytic Studies from the Open University and the University of Sheffield respectively. She also qualified in Analytical Gestalt therapy in Germany.

She has worked for over 15 years at Alzheimer Europe in Luxembourg where she is currently Director for Projects. Dianne has directed projects exploring a wide range of topics including coping with care, continence care, palliative care, legal rights, advance directives and social support. In the last few years, she has chaired working groups which have produced guidelines on the ethical use of assistive technology, dementia research and restrictions of freedom, and explored the ethical issues linked to the way dementia is perceived and portrayed, as well as ethical dilemmas faced by people with dementia and informal carers.

Dianne is currently chair of the ethics working group exploring ethical dilemmas faced by professional carers and provides regular support to the European Working Group of People with Dementia. She is involved in a few European projects led by external researchers in Belgium and Finland on the topic of dementia-friendly communities, palliative care and the development of low-cost computerised tools to detect and monitor early dementia.

Professor Ian James

Professor Ian James

Honorary Professor

Ian James has a PhD in psychology from Lancaster University on Memory and Human Factors research, an MSc in Clinical Psychology from Newcastle University and a BSc Honours degree in Psychology from Aberdeen University.  He is currently Head of Newcastle Older People's Clinical Psychology Services at Northumberland Tyne and Wear (NTW) NHS FT.

He is NTW Trust lead in Services for older people whose behaviour is challenging, having set-up one of the first specialist services in the UK in 1997.  Prior to this he worked at the Newcastle Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies (CBT) Centre, where he was involved in the development of courses for the training and supervision of CBT. 

He has published widely on cognitive therapy and dementia.  Ian’s current research interests focus on providing effective services and supports for people living with dementia, including:

  • Effective psychosocial approaches for people whose behaviour is challenging;
  • Enhancing knowledge and skills in the care of people living with dementia;
  • Developing training programs to enhance skills in communicating and interacting with people with dementia;
  • Exploring the use of controversial treatments, including both the use of dolls and the ethics of employing therapeutic lies.
Professor Graham Stokes

Professor Graham Stokes

Visiting Professor of Person-Centred Dementia Care

Graham Stokes has been Visiting Professor of Person-Centred Dementia Care at the University of Bradford since 2012. He has over 25 years of experience in specialist dementia care and is an internationally recognised authority on dementia care practice and policy, and the understanding of behaviour that challenges.

He is Bupa’s Global Director of Dementia Care, a post he took up in 2014, where he oversees Bupa’s dementia policy and practice in the UK, Spain, Australia, New Zealand and developing markets.

Before joining Bupa in 2009, he was a senior consultant clinical psychologist at South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust where he was Head of Psychology Services for Older Adults and Adults with Neurodegenerative Diseases.

He has written many books, papers and book chapters on later life psychology, behaviour in dementia and person-centered care. 

Professor Myrra Vernooij-Dassen

Professor Myrra Vernooij-Dassen

Honorary Professor

Professor Vernooij is principal investigator at Radboud University Medical Centre Nijmegen, and emeritus professor at the Scientific Institute for Quality in Healthcare (IQ HEALTHCARE). She is a sociologist, and has a PhD from the social faculty of Radboud University Nijmegen.

She has a special research interest in dementia and palliative care. Key themes are quality of care and quality of life, both in institutional and in community settings.

She was a chair on psychosocial aspects of care for frail elderly persons at Radboud University Medical Centre Nijmegen and Kalorama Foundation, and was director of the Radboud Alzheimer Centre until 2015.

She has 32 PhD students and published more than 200 international articles. She is involved in several European Union funded projects. She was coordinator of the Honours programme the Future of Healthcare, an exchange programme between Penn State University and Radboud University.

She is chair of INTERDEM, a pan-European research group on detection and timely INTERvention in DEMentia. She is honorary visiting professor here at the Centre for Applied Dementia Studies, University of Bradford and at the Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Professor Vernooij is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the European Joint Programming Initiative for Neurodegenerative Diseases, and a member of the Expert Advisory Panel of Alzheimer Europe.

Professor Vernooij has also received the Dutch royal honour to be promoted to officer in the order of Orange-Nassau.


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