Profile – Nisha Dhanda, Aston University

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Nisha Dhanda


Nisha Dhanda

Job title:

Teaching Fellow and PhD Candidate

Place of work / study:

Aston University, College of Health and Life Sciences

Area of Research:

Role of social isolation in older adults living with dementia and hearing loss. Interventions to improve communication and social engagement in older adults living with dementia and hearing loss.

How is your work funded?

Aston University

Tell us a little about yourself:

My background is in clinical Audiology. I have always had an interest in the way people communicate and how this is affected with unmanaged hearing loss and associated comorbidities like cognitive impairment and dementia. I have had a mix of clinical, research and teaching roles. I am coming towards the end of my PhD and look forward to pursuing this research within a social care remit.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself:

I was a Shotokan Karate national champion as a teenager.

Why did you choose to work in dementia?

Dementia is one of the fastest growing non-communicable diseases that has real impact on an individual’s quality of life. I wanted to be part of improving the conditions for people living with dementia.

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

How not to study a disease – The Story of Alzheimer’s by Karl Herrup. A fantastic and insightful read that challenges pre-assumptions about the history of dementia.

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