Dr Karen Barrie


  • School of Health in Social Science

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24 Buccleuch Place

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Principal's Career Development PhD Scholarship 2013-2017

Prior to completing PhD. worked to facilitate health and social care service integration and improvement in Scotland at operational and strategic levels for over 15 years.

From 2007 contributed to the development and implementation of a personal outcomes approach, with particular interests in expanding understandings of outcomes in diverse healthcare settings, exploring ways of engaging with outcomes for people with communication or cognitive impairments, and supporting practitioners to record, analyse and use qualitative and quantitative outcomes data in pragmatic and proportionate ways.  Co-Researcher on Meaningful and Measurable, an ESRC funded collaborative action research project, which synthesised and advanced understandings of the possibilities and challenges of outcomes focused working across diverse human services.


PhD Interdisciplinary Social Science in Health University of Edinburgh 2017

MSc Health Informatics Queen Margaret University Edinburgh 2002

BSc Hons Chemistry University of Dundee 1986

Undergraduate teaching

Health Management and Management of Health (Maternity Cover)

Research summary

Applying the health humanities, arts and social sciences to better understand and enhance the everyday life experiences of older people living with the phenomenon we currently call "dementia"

Current research interests

Dementia, social citizenship and leadership