Lecturer in Health & Ageing
I am a HCPC Chartered Clinical Psychologist, and have enjoyed working clinically with older adults since my training days. In 2006, I moved to England to study a Masters in Cognition, Neuropsychology and Rehabilitation at the Behavioural Brain Sciences, University of Birmingham. My research involved analysing the impact of music-based multitask training in stroke through fMRI, as well as other neuro rehab techniques such as TMS to treat depression. In addition, I investigated the impact of a dance-based Psychomotor Therapy intervention in healthy older adults, exploring the effect on mobility and cognition. In 2007, I moved to Newcastle University to study a PhD in behaviour change and Psychomotor Interventions in dementia, during this time I supported the Newcastle Challenging Behaviour team at NHS Northumberland. 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. 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. I have enjoyed my life so far and enjoy sharing my clinical and academic experience with my students.
I co-ordinate the Older Adults teaching module on the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology Programme and teach within the programme.
MSc in Mental Health:
MSc in Dementia:
Contributing to the development of the Alzheimer's Dementia Strategy in Mexico