Activities per year
I am currently a PhD student at the Alzheimer Scotland Centre for Policy and Practice, University of the West of Scotland (UWS), funded by UWS, Erskine and Alzheimer Scotland. My supervisors are Dr Margaret Brown, Dr Rhoda Macrae and Dr Angela Beggan.
I have a background as a visual artist and a singer; I am also an HCPC registered Occupational Therapist. I am combining these disciplines to inform and guide my research.
During my PhD I have spent time creating national and international networks. I am currently a member of various groups, including the Reimagining Dementia Coalition, the #Creative Methods group, a Journal Club with peers from the University of Edinburgh, the Edinburgh Centre for Research on the Experience of Dementia (ECRED), and the Allied Health Professionals care home stakeholder group, providing support in the recovery from COVID-19. If you are interested in connecting with me, please feel free to contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org
Current research activities
For my PhD, I am working directly with people living with advanced dementia, their families and care home staff using Participatory Action Research and creative, embodied methods. We are aiming to explore the concept of meaning in activities and interactions for people living with advanced dementia in a care home setting.
Desired research direction
I am interested in working with people whose voices are not usually heard in research, and in adapting research methods to suit their strengths to invite active participation.
Creative, sensory, visual and participatory methods are also of interest.
Current teaching activities and interests
Carer Academy 2021: I will soon be providing an occupational perspective for the Carer Academy, which is specifically designed to support the needs of family members caring for a relative living with dementia.
Guest lecturer, UWS
- April 2021: Delivered an invited talk, ‘Experiences of living with advanced dementia’, to second year (L8) undergraduates, School of Education and Social Sciences
- March – May 2021 & February 2020: Person-centred Module for second year (L8) BA (Hons) Integrated Health and Social Care students:
- Teaching and marking (poster presentations and essays)
Public engagement Arts Seminars and Workshops Series, UWS
- August 2020 – January 2021: Co-organised a series of arts in dementia research seminars and workshops
Awarded Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, University of the West of Scotland’s sALTiRE framework (July 2020)
Graduate Teaching Assistant & co-facilitation, Care Empathia training for undergrads and clinicians, UWS (October – Nov 2019)
Other areas of expertise available for knowledge exchange
I am an HCPC registered occupational therapist with experience in end-of-life care, dementia, mental health (older people) and sensory-based approaches with autistic children/young adults.