Profile – Dr Charlotte Stoner

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Dr Charlotte Stoner

Job Title:

Research Associate

Place of work / study:

Office of the NIHR National Director for Dementia Research

University College London

Area of Research:

Currently exploring the cognitive footprint concept which involves looking at the small but insidious changes to cognition across the lifespan with a focus on the effects of medication, loneliness, pollution and brain injury. My work is around examining medications that either impair or enhance cognition across the lifespan.

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 last year. My PhD involved developing and evaluating outcome measures to be used in dementia research, from a strengths/ capabilities or positive psychology standpoint.

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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