E Joanna Alexjuk (PhD)

Lecturer - Counselling, Psychotherapy and Applied Social Science


Currently, my role is lecturer in dementia involved with the MSc Dementia: International Experience, Policy and Practice, which is a new online distance learning programme in the School of Health in Social Science at the University of Edinburgh.

Initially, I transferred from Northumbria University to the University of Edinburgh in 2011 as an early career researcher responsible for the day-to-day management of the Healthbridge Project.  The project is an evaluation of part of the National Dementia Strategy for England associated with the use of dementia advisers and peer support networks as a model of support for people with dementia and their family carers.  The 30 month peroject commissioned, by the Department of Health (Policy Research Programme), commenced in March 2010 and was completed in September 2012.

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?


Research summary

Research Interests

  • Online informal dementia adviser/friend and co-writer of person-centred dementia care information and training material.  Alzheimer's Association Iran (2007 - to date).
  • Online informal dementia adviser and supporter of the Goan branch of the Alzheimer's and Related Disorders Society of India (2003 - to date).
  • Informal adviser of mental health programmes relating to elders, women and children within the Indian administrative state of Kashmir.  Human Effort for Love and Peace Kashmir, India (2003 - to date)


  • Small grant secured from the Department of Health to evaluate the "Remember Me Dementia Care" training pack, authored by myself (Northumbria University, 2007)
  • Northern Rock Foundation grant to cover all overhead costs for rolling programme of befiending services for people with dementia and their carers. (2004-2007)

Research activity

I have a wealth of experience in the dementia field, not only as a dementia care practitioner, but also as a course tutor on the MSc in Dementia Studies at the University of Stirling and more recently as a part time doctoral student.

My PhD research relates to exploring the emotive aspects of anticipatory grief, loss and bereavement experienced by carers of people with dementia throughout their 'journey' of care.

  • Research Associate: Give and Take: Information use and Self-Management in Dementia Care project atNrthumbria University, part of NHS NIHR Research for Patient Benefit Programme. (May 2010 to Feb 2011)
  • National Trainer: Alzheimer's Society, england (2003-2009)
  • Committee member: North Tyneside Palliative Care Working Group. (2006-2008)
  • Project Coordinator: Alzheimer's Society, North Tyneshide Branch, England. (1997-2006)
  • Branch Trustee (Voluntary capacity) - Cruse Bereavement Care, Tyneside. (1997-2006)

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