Janet worked for 17 years in a range of roles in statutory and voluntary sector mental health services and is a qualified mental health social worker. She also has a professional qualification in speech and language therapy having undertaken re-training in this area in 2005. Since retraining, Janet has worked on a number of research projects relating to health, psychology and communication including stroke, autism and infant communication. Alongside her research work, Janet teaches psychology and health and social care for the Open University.Janet joined the Centre for Applied Dementia Studies in October 2018 to work on the 4D Project. Alongside her research work she teaches psychology, health and social care and research methods as an associate lecturer for the Open University.