Profile – Laura Prato, University of Liverpool

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Laura Prato


Laura Prato

Job title:

Research Associate

Place of work / study:

University of Liverpool and Newcastle University

Area of Research:

My research is primarily focused on the experiences of people living with dementia and their carers during periods of hospital admission and during the hospital discharge process. I am principally interested in nurse- led research projects focused on ensuring wellbeing within both inpatient and community settings.

How is your work funded?

ESRC funded PhD.

Tell us a little about yourself:

I trained as a nurse in the North East and was later employed as a research assistant on a project aimed at improving the hospital experience of individuals living with dementia. I became passionate about the importance of conducting research aimed at enhancing the lives of individuals living with dementia and their carers. I went on to complete an MSc in Health and Social Care Research at Newcastle University and progressed to a full time PhD. I believe that my training as an adult nurse has influenced my passion as a researcher for conducting research that empowers individuals and is focused on ensuring wellbeing for carers and people living with dementia.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself:

My favourite film is Toy Story 4.

Why did you choose to work in dementia?

As an adult nurse, I witnessed the challenges faced by individuals living with dementia and their carers within their day to day lives. I wanted to be involved in research that aimed to aid individuals and empower them to overcome these challenges to their wellbeing.

What single piece of advice would you give to an early career researcher?

Have faith in yourself. You will get there. Keep going.

What book are you reading right now? Would you recommend it?

I don’t really read books anymore, but you can find me listening to a podcast or two including; Woman’s Hour, History Extra and Criminal.

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