Azucena Guzman

Lecturer in Health & Ageing

  • School of Health in Social Science
  • Clinical Psychology

Contact details

Address

Street

Room 2.10, Doorway 6, Medical Quad, Teviot Place

City
Edinburgh
Post code
EH8 9AG

Background

I am a Chartered Psychologist who trained in Clinical Psychology at Universidad de las Americas (U.D.L.A./American College) in Mexico City. My main interest during training was treating anxiety in older adults using a Cognitive Behavioural approach. In my first post-qualification clinical practice, I worked for the National Institute of Older Adults in Mexico. Then, further specialised in Gerontopsychology and was awarded a diploma by the Universidad Autonoma de Mexico.  In 2006, I moved to England to study a Masters in Cognition, Neuropsychology and Rehabilitation at the Behavioural Brain Sciences, University of Birmingham. I researched the impact of music-based multitask training in stroke through fMRI. In addition, I investigated the impact of psychomotor dance-based intervention in healthy older adults, exploring the effect on mobility and cognition. In 2007, I moved to Newcastle University to study a PhD in Psychomotor Dance Therapy to treat behavioural and psychological symptoms in dementia, supervised by Prof Ian James, Prof. Julian Hughes and Prof. Lynn Rochester. During my doctoral studies, I trained on Psychomotor Therapy, at the Institut Supérieur de Rééducation Psychomotrice in Paris, France.  From 2011-2015 I lived in London working as a Clinical Researcher in Dementia Care at North East London NHS Foundation Trust and as a Research Associate at University College London with Dr Jennifer Wenborn and Prof. Martin Orrell. During this position I trained care home staff and health professionals in person-centred care, review of antipsychotic medication, understanding behaviour that challenges and psychosocial interventions for the Well-being and Health for people with dementia project (WHELD), one of the largest and best powered randomised controlled trials (RCT) evaluating the benefits of person-centred staff training worldwide led by Dr Jane Fossey and Prof. Clive Ballard. I was recently invited to be an advisor on the Alzheimer’s and other Dementias Plan in Mexico. I am delighted to join the School of Health in Social Science as Lecturer in Health & Ageing from August 2015.

Postgraduate teaching

I teach subjects related to Ageing and I am the course co-ordinator for the Older Adults Module on the Doctoral Clinical Psychology Programme. 

Areas of interest for supervision

An investigation into the cognitions of those with post stroke emotionalism (PSE) (Student: Niamh McAleese)

Research summary

  • Psychosocial Interventions in Dementia Care: Cognitive Rehabilitation, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Person-Centred Therapy, Body oriented Psychological Therapies.
  • Psychological Interventions in Mental Health in older adults with or without cognitive impairment.
  • Mental Health interventions for professional staff and family caregivers.

Research activity

  • Developing psychomotor therapy in long-term care and evaluating impact on cognition, behaviour and psychological symptoms of people with dementia.
  • Mental Health interventions for professional staff and family caregivers.