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

Thesis title: Staying Safe 'Going out'- understanding the experience of being missing from the perspective of people with dementia and their carers


Katie Gambier-Ross is a final year PhD student at the University of Edinburgh. Her current research is funded by the Alzheimer's Society UK and focuses 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 underpinings of health and social science research. She has worked as a research assistant on a range of projects and is heaviy 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

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

Current research interests

Katie's PhD is in the field of dementia and wayfinding. Others areas of research interest are 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