Dr Charlotte Stoner
Place of work / study:
University of Greenwich
Area of Research:
I am a Research Psychologist specialising in positive psychology approaches to dementia. What I mean by this is that I use research to understand and support people to live well with a diagnosis of dementia. I’m particularly interested in fostering resilience and understanding how social connections can be drawn upon to improve wellbeing or happiness.
Tell us a little about yourself:
I did my undergraduate degree in psychology and clinical psychology at the University of Kent and then worked as a support worker in Kentish Town. I moved into research following that and completed my PhD at UCL. My PhD involved developing and evaluating outcome measures to be used in dementia research, from a strengths/ capabilities or positive psychology standpoint. I also worked on the Cognitive Footprint Project before finding a position at University of Greenwich. Find out more on my website https://www.charlottestoner.co.uk/
Tell us a fun fact about yourself:
I once won a gold medal at a Dance Festival for a dance to ‘everybody wants to be a cat’ from the Aristocats.
Why did you choose to work in dementia?
When I finished my undergraduate degree and was looking for jobs, I applied for anything and everything psychology related. The job I got was as a support worker in a day centre for people with dementia. I was supported by a fantastic retired nurse and really enjoyed my time there. After that, I decided it was the area I wanted to work in.
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