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Dr Sarah Smith

PositionSenior Lecturer in Dementia Studies & Head of Education Programmes
Location4.04
DepartmentResearch
Telephone01274 236593
Emails.smith15@bradford.ac.uk

Research Interests (key words only)

Subjective experiences of remembering interacting with memory; applications for rehabilitation in ageing, dementia and Parkinson's disease.

PhD Supervision

  • Rosemary Bradley (2013 - ongoing) full-time home student
    Research focus: Developing objective measures of the self in dementia
  • Paul Dourandish
  • Suzanne Hill

Teaching and Supervisory Responsibilities

Teaching interests

Understating subjective experiences of dementia.

Areas of practice development interest

Measuring functional outcome and activities of daily living.

Biography

Dr Sarah Smith is a Cognitive Psychologist. Broadly, her research interests concern how higher order cognitive processes, such as executive processes, awareness of memory and subjective experiences associated with remembering, interact with memory function. She is particularly interested in the concept of everyday memory and understanding how memory works in the context of carrying out everyday tasks (such as taking medication) and remembering past personal events that are significant for maintaining identity.

Past research projects include investigating prospective memory (ability to remember to perform actions in the future), autobiographical memory (ability to recall past personal events) and metamemory (awareness of memory function) in individuals with Parkinson’s disease. In addition Sarah has taken an experimental approach to investigating tip-of-the-tongue experiences and subjective experiences associated with remembering in people with Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease- with a view to appreciating the impact this might have on memory performance. Current projects include investigating cognitive rehabilitation of everyday memory. Sarah has recently extended her research interests to include examining evidence based therapeutic arts based initiatives in dementia care and applying cognitive approaches to developing practice development tools such as life history documents in the workplace.

Study History

PhD Cognitive Psychology (University of Leeds)

MSc Health Psychology (University of Leeds)

BSc Psychology and Philosophy (University of Leeds)

Current Projects

(2013) Surr C, Smith S. Supporting the assessment, diagnosis and management of dementia in primary care. Department of Health. (£67,500 – award amount includes student places on the programme and evaluation of impact).

Leroi, I. McDonald, K., Khatun, S., Smith, S.J., Ortega, V.,Silverdale, M., Poliakoff, E., Orrell, M.Psychosocial Therapy to Benefit Patients with Parkinson's-related Dementia: A Feasibility and Exploratory Pilot Study. NIHR

Surr, C., Dennison, A., Capstick., A, Parveen, S., Smith, S.J. Oyebode, J., Meads, D. Understanding Effective Dementia Workforce Education and Training: A Formative Evaluation (DeWET Evaluation). DoH

Smith SJ, Surr, CA. Edwards, P, Oyebode, J. Evaluation and Studentships for Practitioner with a special interest in dementia Postgraduate Certificate.DoH

Publications

Leroi, Poliakoff, McDonald, McCormick, Vattter, Ortega, Smith, Silverdale, Fu. (2017). Psychosocial therapy for Parkinson’s-related dementia: Study protocol for the INVEST randomised controlled trial. BMJ, In Press

García-Casal A., Goñi-Imizcoz, M., Perea-Bartolomé V., Soto F.,  Smith S.J., Calvo S., Martín M. (2017). The efficacy of affect recognition rehabilitation for people with Alzheimer´s disease. Journal of Alzheimers Disease 57, 937–951

Hampson C and Smith SJ (2015) Helping occupational performance through engagement: A service evaluation of a programme for informal carers of people with dementia. British Journal of Occupational Therapy. 78(3): 200-204.

Surr CA, Smith SJ, Crossland J et al (2016) Impact of a person-centred dementia care training programme on hospital staff attitudes, role efficacy and perceptions of caring for people with dementia: A repeated measures study. International Journal of Nursing Studies. 53: 144-151.

Wells CE and Smith SJ (2017) Diagnostic Care Pathways in Dementia: A review of the involvement of primary care in practice and innovation. Journal of Primary Care and Community Health. Accepted for publication.

Souchay C and Smith SJ (2013) Subjective states associated with retrieval failures in Parkinson's disease. Consciousness and Cognition. 22(3): 795-805.

Doxford, Fauia, Goerges, Gove, Hughes, Leonard, Sarvimäki, Schweda, Smith, Topiwala, Widdershoven. (2016) Discussion paper on ethical issues linked to the changing definitions/use of terms related to Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer Europe

Souchay C, Smith SJ (2013) Autobiographical memory in Parkinson's disease: A retrieval deficit. Journal of Neuropsychology. DOI: 10.1111/jnp.12014 http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jnp.12014/pdf 

Smith SJ, Souchay C, Moulin CJA (2011) Metamemory and prospective memory in Parkinson's disease. Neuropsychology. 25(6) 734-740 http://psycnet.apa.org/journals/neu/25/6/734/

Smith SJ, Souchay C, Conway MA (2010) Over–general autobiographical memory in Parkinson’s disease. Cortex. 46(6) 787-793 http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0010945209002470

Smith SJ, Souchay C, Conway MA (2010) Improving metamemory in aging and Parkinson’s disease. Age and Ageing. 39(1) 116-119 http://ageing.oxfordjournals.org/content/39/1/116.short

Moulin CJA, Souchay C, Williams H, Smith SJ, Rathbone CJ (2009) Feelings of remembering and knowing: Memory and aging from a first-person perspective. PSIGE Newsletter. 106, 5-9.

Book Chapter

Smith SJ and Oyebode JR (2015) Cognitive approaches to enabling people to live well with dementia. In: Bruno D (Ed.) The preservation of memory. Psychology Press. 196-215.

Public/Academic/Stakeholder Engagement

Presentations

Smith SJ, Souchay C (2012) Everyday Memory and Cognitive Feelings in Parkinson’s disease. Oral presentation, Psychology Department, Keele University. March.

Smith SJ, Souchay C (2011) Tip-of-the-tongue Experiences in Parkinson’s disease. Poster presentation, British Psychological Society Cognitive Section, Keele. September.

Smith SJ, Williams K, Reichenberg A, Michalopoulou PG, Gilleen JK, Bobin T, Drake R, Kapur S, Lewis SW (2011) Calibration and cross-validation of MCCB with CANTAB and CogState in schizophrenia. Oral Presentation, NEWMEDS WP Meeting, Eli Lilly, Windelsham, Surrey. February.

Smith SJ, Souchay C, Conway MA (2009) Metacognitive awareness of everyday memory in Parkinson’s disease. Oral Presentation, Cyclotron Research Centre, Belgium. June.

Smith SJ, Souchay C, Conway MA (2009) Awareness of prospective memory performance in Parkinson's disease. Poster Presentation, Cognitive Aging Conference, Rotman Institute, Canada. March.

Smith SJ, Souchay C, Conway MA (2009) Episodic feeling-of-knowing in Parkinson's disease. Poster Presentation, Cognitive Aging Conference, Rotman Institute, Canada. March.

Smith SJ, Souchay C, Conway MA (2008) Over-general autobiographical memory in Parkinson’s disease. Poster Presentation, Recollection Workshop (CNRS/ESRC), Paris. December.

Smith SJ, Souchay C, Conway MA (2008) Over-general autobiographical memory in Parkinson’s disease. Oral Presentation, Greater Yorkshire Memory Group Meeting, York. December.

Smith SJ, Souchay C, Conway MA (2008) Feeling-of-knowing and states of awareness accompanying the retrieval of SPT’s in Parkinson’s. Oral Presentation, BPS Cognitive Section Conference Southampton. September.

Smith SJ, Souchay C, Conway MA (2008) Feeling-of-knowing and enactment in Parkinson’s. Poster Presentation, Holland House Aging Conference, Warwickshire. July.

Smith SJ, Souchay C, Conway MA (2008) Feeling-of-knowing and states of awareness accompanying the retrieval of SPT’s in Parkinson’s. Poster Presentation, Recollection Workshop (CNRS/ESRC), Tours. May.

Smith SJ, Souchay C, Conway MA (2008) Autobiographical memory specificity and metamemory in Parkinson’s disease. Institute of Psychological Sciences, University of Leeds. February.

Smith SJ, Souchay C, Conway MA (2007) Autobiographical memory and metamemory in Parkinson’s disease. [Poster presentation]. BPS Cognitive Section Conference, Aberdeen. August.

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