Profile – Dr Kellyn Lee

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Kellyn Lee, University of Southampton


Dr Kellyn Lee

Job Title:

Research Fellow – Ageing and Dementia, Co- director Doctoral Training Centre – Dementia Care.

Place of work / study:

University of Southampton

Area of research:

Ageing and Dementia

How is your work currently funded:

It is currently made up of several pots

Tell us a little about yourself:            

I graduated from the University of Portsmouth in 2011 with a Psychology honours degree.  I have a Masters in Research Science which explored how informal carers of people with a dementia would like information about dementia.  I have worked on various dementia related research projects, taught psychology undergraduates at the University of Portsmouth and postgraduates on MSc Complex care in Older Persons, University of Southampton. I moved to the University of Southampton in 2015 to take up studies as a PhD student at the Doctoral Training Centre – Dementia Care. My PhD explored object-person relations by examining how decisions were made about personal possessions and by whom; how functional objects were used in everyday life and by whom; and whether a material lens was useful in locating social citizenship in an institutional setting. I have been awarded funding to collaborate with a care organisation to develop my conceptual framework ‘Material Citizenship’ into practice.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself:           

I struggle with left and right and although everyone knows this people still follow me, seemingly I walk with confidence!

Why did you choose to work in dementia?

I enjoy working with older people. I want to reduce the stigma of dementia and ageism. I want to revolutionise care home culture.


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