Dr Sarah Griffiths
Place of work / study:
University of Plymouth
Area of research:
Primary care based dementia support
How is your work currently funded:
NIHR Programme Grant for Applied Research
Tell us a little about yourself:
I have a background in speech and language therapy and have also been involved in aphasia research. For 14 years I was senior lecturer on a BSc Speech and Language Therapy course at Plymouth Marjon University. I now work as a Research Fellow at the University of Plymouth.
Tell us a fun fact about yourself:
I am excited to be going to Glastonbury this year. My top picks are Tankus the Henge and Sigrid.
Why did you choose to work in dementia?
I had been working with people who have Parkinson’s for a number of years and had become very interested in cognitive difficulties associated with the condition and how they impact on communication. My PhD was a conversation analytic study of everyday conversation management in Parkinson’s. I was part of the team delivering the dementia content on the BSc SLT programme and to prep for this, visited the amazing and inspiring Gloucestershire SLT dementia service. When a Research Fellow post opened up in Plymouth, I knew it was time to follow this developing interest and go for a dementia research focussed post.