Katie Gambier-Ross (BSc (Hons) Neuroscience with Psychology, HCert Psychology)

Research Fellow


Katie Gambier-Ross is a Research Fellow and PhD candidate at the University of Edinburgh.

  • Currently working remotely on two projects: Images of Care and Understanding Dementia Diagnosis During COVID-19. (80/20 split respectively).
  • Designed ‘Images of Care’ as part of a broader package of work at ACRC which aims to understand lived experiences of care in later life. Images of Care examines visual portrayals of care in later life in the media in comparison to lived experiences of care in later life using photo-elicitation methods.
  • Co-investigator on ESRC-funded project that aims to understand experiences of delivering and receiving a dementia diagnosis during COVID-19 through the exploration of emotional impact, practical impact and ethical considerations. Conduct monthly PPI meetings with advisory team of people affected by dementia and remote interviews with practitioners and people with dementia and their families.

Katie's PhD studentship was funded by the Alzheimer's Society UK and focused on the everyday lives of people with dementia and the decision-making they (and others) go through when 'going out' and during the potential or actual experiences of being missing. Through discussion groups and walking interviews with people with dementia, she explores how these experiences affect people's sense of identity, purpose, control over their own lives, independence and safety. The findings will be relevant for a range of stakeholders and specifically intend to inform prevention and response strategies deeply informed by the voice of people affected by dementia. More widely, it aims to support people with dementia to live independently in a safe and supportive environment.  

In addition to her PhD, Katie tutors on undergraduate and postgraute courses covering research methods and theoretical underpinnings of health and social science research. She has worked as a research assistant on a range of projects and is heavily involved in research and science communication communities. In 2019, she was a postgraduate representative for Scottish Institute for Policing Research, has been on the organising committee for several conferences and co-founded the International Consortium for Dementia and Wayfinding.


First Class in BSc (Hons) in Neuroscience with Psychology, University of Aberdeen

Higher Certificate in Psychology, Queen Margaret University

Responsibilities & affiliations

Co-founder of the International Consortium for Dementia and Wayfinding

Undergraduate teaching

Evidence and Research: Approaches to Design and Methods - Tutor 2019/2020

Contemporary Issues in Health and Wellbeing - Tutor 2018/2019 and 2019/2020

Identity and Experience in Health - Tutor 2018/2019


Postgraduate teaching

Conducting Research in Nursing, Health and Social Care - Tutor 2019/2020

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?


Current research interests

Katie's PhD is in the field of dementia and wayfinding. Others areas of research interest are gerontology, missing persons and the intersection of law enforcement and public health. Katie has an interest in nontraditional and innovative qualitative research methods.

Past research interests

Neuroscience, Psychology, Digital Health, Health Apps, Health Service Research.

Affiliated research centres