Profile – Professor Claudia Cooper

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Claudia Cooper

Job Title:

Professor of psychiatry of older age

Place of work / study:

UCL Division of Psychiatry

Area of research:

Care interventions of people living with dementia, support for family carers, inequalities in dementia care

How is your work currently funded:

Alzheimer’s Society, NIHR/ESRC, Dunhill Medical Trust

Tell us a little about yourself:            

I am a Professor of older people’s psychiatry at UCL Division of Psychiatry and an Honorary consultant old age psychiatrist in Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust memory services. I have been researching elder abuse since 2005, to understand more about its epidemiology and how it can be reduced and prevented. I lead the UCL Alzheimer’s Society Centre of Excellence for Independence at home, in which we are developing interventions to support people living with dementia at home. I lead the NIHR/ESRC APPLE-Tree programme (Active Prevention in People at risk of dementia:Lifestyle,bEhaviour change/Technology to REducE cognitive decline), investigating how lifestyle and behavioural change can prevent dementia in older people.

Why did you choose to work in dementia?

Experiences as a junior doctor brought me into the dementia research area. I have since had lived experience caring for my grandmother

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