Researcher and PhD candidate
Place of work / study:
NICM Health Research Institute, Western Sydney University
Area of Research:
Dementia education with a focus on multicultural communities.
Tell us a little about yourself:
I recently completed a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) with a minor in Spanish langauge and history. During this time, I worked as a crisis supporter and as a research assistant on multiple dementia-related projects. Together, these experiences solidified my interest in mental health promotion from a community perspective to policy reform. This inspired my PhD candidature which focuses on improving the quality of life for multicultural communities impacted by dementia.
Tell us a fun fact about yourself:
I am bilingual and learning a third language.
Why did you choose to work in dementia?
Personal and professional experiences highlighted the need for efforts to improve dementia education, dispel socially isolating stigma, and address health inequities. These issues are magnified in culturally and linguistically diverse communities, which motivates me to collaborate with multiple stakeholders that aim to provide accessible and appropriate multicultural dementia support.
What single piece of advice would you give to an early career researcher?
Research all possible options to achieve your goals, and surround yourself with like-minded people and supportive mentors who challenge you and are willing to share their knowledge.
What book are you reading right now? Would you recommend it?
A peoples history of the vampire uprising – It’s a wide-angle analogy and exploration of politics, pop culture, and a diseased world. Recommend if you’re interested in social-political satire and mystery.
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