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Heather Yemm

PhD student

Institute of Health & Society

Contact Details

email: h.yemm@worc.ac.uk

tel: 01905 542295

Proposed Research Title: “Shades of grey: An exploration of stakeholders knowledge and understanding about cognitive impairment”

Heather Yemm is a full-time PhD student with the Association for Dementia Studies. She is researching what people know and understand about cognitive impairment which is beyond what we would expect to see as a result of normal ageing, but is not as advanced as dementia. This research will hopefully lead to the development of guidelines for information provision about cognitive impairment which may enable people to understand more clearly what is meant by the term “cognitive impairment” and to understand the differences between normal ageing, cognitive impairment and dementia. It is hoped that better information provision about cognitive impairment will result in individuals with cognitive concerns presenting to health services for appropriate and timely help and support, reducing the number of individuals who do not seek help until their symptoms are more severe.

 

Teaching & Research

Teaching & Research

In addition to her PhD, Heather has been involved in a number of research project with ADS. Her main areas of expertise are:

  • Mild cognitive impairment
  • Early interventions in dementia
  • Understanding cognitive predictors of dementia
  • Age of acquisition     
Professional Bodies

Professional Bodies

Member of the British Psychological Society (MBPsS)

Publications

Publications

Brooker, D., Milosevic, S., & Yemm, H. (2015). Guidance for NHS continuing healthcare assessors: Evaluating emotional and psychological needs of people in the later stages of dementia. Alzheimer’s Society: London. Available to download here

La Fontaine, J., Brooker, D., Wallcroft, J., & Yemm, H. (2011). Evaluation Report – Early Intervention Dementia Service Worcestershire

External Responsibilities

External Responsibilities

Qualifications

Qualifications

  • BSc (Hons) Psychology, University of Nottingham, 2009

  • PGCert Research Methods, University of Worcester, 2012