PhD Researcher and Research Associate
Place of work / study:
University of East Anglia
Area of Research:
Hydration care of older people, and people living with dementia.
How is your research funded:
NIHR, South Norfolk and Suffolk CCG and UEA
Tell us a little about yourself:
My background is in clinical psychology, but I’ve worked in dementia research for almost 10 years, and I am now fast approaching the final year of my PhD at UEA.
Tell us a fun fact about yourself:
I have an identical twin!
Why did you choose to work in dementia:
Ever since studying Psychology at University, I’ve been interested in how the brain works. Shortly after graudating, I was fortunate enough to be offered a Neuropsychiatric Research Fellow job in the NHS, specialising in Huntington’s Disease, and fell in love with the field of research. Dementia affects so many lives, and there is so much that we can do to try improve the lives of people living with dementia, and those affected by dementia. It’s very rewarding to work in this field.
What single piece of advice would you give to an early career researcher?
Network and make connections. A good support network is crucial for shaping both personal and professional development.
What book are you reading right now? Would you recommend it?
Maurice Punch’s ‘The politics and ethics of fieldwork‘ – I would highly recommend it to any ethnographer, or aspiring ethnographer!