Assistant Psychologist / PhD Student
Place of work / study:
University College London
Area of Research:
Post-diagnostic dementia care
How is your work funded?
Alzheimer’s Society (PRIDEM Centre for Excellence)
Tell us a little about yourself:
I am 26 and from the Netherlands, I have currently been living in London for the past 5 years. After finishing my degree, I worked on the Alzheimer’s Society funded IDEA project at UCL, which was a feasibility trial looking to see if Behavioural Activation was suitable and acceptable for people with mild dementia. The face to face work I have done with people with dementia and their families remains a constant inspiration and motivator for me. I am using that now in my PhD which is using interviews to explore healthcare experiences for people with dementia, their carers and their healthcare professionals.
Tell us a fun fact about yourself:
I have lived in in 6 different countries (Portugal, Brazil, Australia, The Netherlands, USA and UK)
Why did you choose to work in dementia?
I originally studied psychology and neuroscience and was very interested in the biology of the brain, after specialising I realised I was very interested in working with people with dementia to live the best life they can.