Dr Deborah Oliveira
Place of work / study:
Institute of Mental Health, University of Nottingham
Area of Research:
Family care giving and dementia risk reduction
Tell us a little about yourself:
I started my career at the University of Campinas, Sao Paulo, Brazil. While I was a student nurse, I started doing research assistant work with family carers of people with dementia living in the community. I then did my Masters’ degree at the same University investigating a national Brazilian sample of older people and their expectation of care. During that period, I worked as a nurse in community settings and at an A&E. After that, I came to the University of Nottingham to do my PhD, in which I developed and validated the ‘Dementia Quality of Life Scale for Older Family Carers’ – The DQoL-OC. I currently work as Research Fellow at the Institute of Mental Health, University of Nottingham.
I currently work as Programme Manager for INDUCT (Interdisciplinary Network for Dementia Using Current Technology – www.dementiainduct.eu). Funded through H2020 Marie Skłodowska Curie Actions, INDUCT is aimed at developing a multi-disciplinary, inter-sectorial educational research framework for Europe to improve technology and care for people with dementia, and to provide the evidence to show how technology can improve the lives of people with dementia. In addition to that, I am currently conducting research in the area of self-care for family carers (funded by the Nottinghamshire CCGs) and dementia risk reduction (funded by the ARUK).
Tell us a fun fact about yourself:
I left sunny Brazil to live in rainy UK!
Why did you choose to work in dementia:
I am passionate about working with older people. I have clinical and family experience with dementia and family caregiving and I feel that we still have a lot to do to improve the lives of people living with this condition and their families.