Thomas Morton

thomas-morton

Research Associate

Association for Dementia Studies

Contact Details

email: t.morton@worc.ac.uk
tel: 01905 542738

Research Associate

Association for Dementia Studies

Contact Details

email: t.morton@worc.ac.uk
tel: 01905 542738

Thomas joined the Association for Dementia studies (ADS) in December 2018. He is a Research Associate, working on projects that investigate how community-based interventions for people affected by dementia, such as groups and activities, can be helped to sustain long-term. He specialises in realist research, an approach that seeks to trace cause and effect in complex human systems, using both qualitative and quantitative data.

Thomas has a background in teaching and journalism, having worked as both an A level teacher and a newspaper journalist prior to returning to the field of psychology and developing a passion for research. He has previously worked on research into the experiences and uses of online mood monitoring of those with a diagnosis of bipolar disorder, with the University of Worcester's Mood Disorders Research Group. He has also conducted original research into perceptions of the role of control in workplace stress as part of his Psychology MSc. 

Qualifications:

  • Master of Science (with distinction), Psychology (2018), University of Worcester
  • PGCE, Further Education (2006), Birmingham City University
  • Master of Arts, Modern Continental Philosophy (2003), Stafford University
  • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology and Philosophy (Joint hons) (1998), University of Glamorgan

Teaching, Research and Knowledge Transfer

Research:

Thomas has completed a realist review of sustainable community interventions (SCI-Dem), funded by the Alzheimer’s Society, and is currently working on the Get Real With Meeting Centres project. The Get Real project is a 2-year realist evaluation of successful Meeting Centres for people affected by dementia, focussing on how this locally-driven form of support has sustained thus far in a very challenging social care climate. It is funded by the NIHR, through the Research of Patient Benefit, Research for Social Care programme.

Knowledge Transfer;

Thomas has presented at Alzheimer’s Association International Conference and UK Dementia Congress, as well University of Worcester-hosted webinars. He has also exhibited posters at Alzheimer’s Disease International Conference and UK Dementia Congress.

He maintains an ongoing regular project blog on the SCI-Dem and Get Real research projects.

Professional Bodies

Thomas is a graduate member of the British Psychological Society

Publications and Dissemination

Articles

Morton, T., Atkinson, T., Brooker, D., Wong, G., Evans, S. & Kennard, C. (2019). Sustainability of community-based interventions for people affected by dementia: a protocol for the SCI-Dem realist review. BMJ Open 9(7)

Other publications

Morton, T., Brooker, D., Wong, G., Atkinson, T. & Evans, S.B. (2021) Helping your community group or activity club to keep going strong: Suggestions for members of groups and clubs from the SCI-Dem Review. University of Worcester ISBN 978-0-903607-35-3

Morton, T., Brooker, D., Wong, G., Atkinson, T & Evans, S.B. (2021) Keeping community groups and activities going - Sustainable Community Interventions for people affected by Dementia: Recommendations for practice from the SCI-Dem Project. University of Worcester ISBN 978-0-903607-33-9

Morton, T., Brooker, D., Wong, G., Atkinson, T. & Evans, S.B. (2021) Sustaining community groups and activities for people affected by dementia: Recommendations from the SCI-Dem Project for commissioners and policy-makers. University of Worcester ISBN 978-0-903607-34-6 

Project grants

Brooker, D., Evans, S.B., Williamson, T., Hullah, N., Tinelli, M., Morton, T., Frost, F., Wong, G. & Needham, H. (2021-2023) Sustaining Locally-Driven Social Care For Those Affected By Dementia: A Realist Evaluation Of Successful Meeting Centres (Get Real with Meeting Centres). Research for Social Care (RfSC) Programme: NIHR (National Institute of Health Research 201861). £349,980

Presentations

2020

Morton, T. SCI-Dem: A Realist Review of Sustainable Community Interventions for People Affected by Dementia . Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) Conference 2020 (poster and video presentation)

Morton, T. Conducting a Realist Review into the sustainability of community groups and activities for people affected by dementia (The SCI-Dem project). UoW Research Seminar Series (online)

Morton, T. How to keep community groups and activities going: the SCI-Dem review. UK Dementia Congress 2020 (video presentation)

Morton, T. The SCI-Dem Project. Meeting Centres BYOL, UoW

Morton, T. The sustainability of community interventions for people affected by dementia: A realist review. Alzheimer's Association International Conference 2020. ISSN 1552-5279 (Unpublished) https://eprints.worc.ac.uk/id/eprint/10060 (video presentation)

2019

Morton, T. SCI-Dem: A Realist Review of Sustainable Community Interventions for People Affected by Dementia. UK Dementia Congress, Doncaster (poster)

Additional responsibilities

Thomas is research staff representative on the University of Worcester College of Health, Life and Environmental Sciences research and knowledge exchange sub-committee.