Profile – Jane Gregg

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Jane Gregg

Job title:

Deputy R&D Manager

Place of work / study:

Research & Development Department, Surrey & Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust / Lancaster University

Area of Research:

Illness perceptions & dementia

How is your work funded:

Employed by NHS, however PhD is self-funded

Tell us a little about yourself:

My background is in Health Psychology with specific interests in health beliefs of people living with chronic conditions. I have a particular interest in dementia research and I am currently studying for a PhD in Mental Health, exploring illness perceptions among people with dementia and their caregivers and the impact this has on their help seeking behaviour.  I am also a qualified psychotherapist, specialising in bereavement and trauma work. I am also a volunteer bereavement counsellor for CRUSE bereavement services. Before joining SABP R&D department in October 2013 I worked in Oncology research for the Royal Marsden Trust and in Diabetes Research within the psychological medicine department at Kings College London.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself:

I like to wear quirky earrings; I have ice creams, cup-cakes and lollipops!

Why did you choose to work in dementia?

Personal experience of being a carer for a loved one with dementia, plus having a background in mental health/psychology.

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