Profile – Lesley Garcia, University of Nottingham

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Lesley Garcia


Lesley Garcia

Job title:

Early Stage Researcher

Place of work / study:

Institute of Mental Health, University of Nottingham

Area of Research:

Dementia and technology to support social participation.

How is your work funded?

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 813196”

Tell us a little about yourself:

I am an Occupational Therapist from Trinidad and Tobago, and a PhD student at the Institute of Mental Health, University of Nottingham, UK.  It is also my pleasure to be a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Early Career Researcher Fellow within the DISTINCT (Dementia: Intersectoral Strategy for Training and Innovation Network for Current Technology) co-developing a recovery-focussed digital intervention for use by people with mild dementia.  My research and clinical interests lie in health equity, older adults in low-middle income populations, and education of occupational therapy practitioners.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself:

I might be the oldest Marie Sklodowska-Curie research fellow ever.

Why did you choose to work in dementia?

I have always valued the experiences, and company of older adults and seek to impart this feeling to my clients, colleagues and students.

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

Follow your passion and your imagination.

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

We Like It So?: The Cultural Roots of Economic Underachievement in Trinidad and Tobago Paperback – August 27, 2016, by Terrence W. Farrell (Author)  Yes, I would recommend it.

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