Senior Research Assistant and PhD Student
Place of work / study:
University of Southampton
Area of research:
How is your work currently funded:
It is currently made up of several pots – it’s a 10 month bridging fellowship contract.
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 and a Senior Research Assistant in the Department of Ageing and Dementia, School of Health Sciences, University of Southampton. I am keen to improve the lives of people with a dementia and has a particular interest in care delivered by residential care homes. 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.
Tell us a fun fact about yourself:
I live in the new forest and have 5 children, 2 of my own and 3 step children. I run because I like chocolate and I go to the gym because I like gin. I like gin because I have 5 children, a partner, am completing a PhD and have a full time job. I struggle with left and right and although everyone knows this people still follow me because seemingly I walk with confidence!
Why did you choose to work in dementia?
I enjoy working with older people and I feel people with a dementia can often be dealt a rough deal. I want to help break down historical stigma.