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Name:

Dr Sarah Griffiths

Job Title:

Research Fellow

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. 

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