Institute of Health & Society
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MSc Social Research Methods (2012) Queen’s University Belfast; School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work.
BSc Psychology (2007) Queen’s University Belfast; School of Psychology
Amy is full-time PhD student at the Association for Dementia Studies in the Institute of Health and Society at the University of Worcester.
Amy is researching how arts activities provide meaningful engagement for people living with dementia in a residential care setting. Amy is one of a cohort of PhD students working as part of ‘The Arts and Dementia’ (TAnDem) Doctoral Training Centre, which has been established to investigate the potential of the creative arts for people with dementia. The Doctoral Training Centre is funded by the Alzheimer’s Society and is jointly hosted by the University of Worcester and the University of Nottingham.
Amy is being supervised by Professor Dawn Brooker at the University of Worcester, Professor Amanda Griffiths at the University of Nottingham, and Dr Simon Evans at the University of Worcester.
PhD title: How do arts activities successfully engage individuals with dementia in a care home setting.
Amy has worked with older people for the past 10 years, with a particular focus on advocacy and research. Between 2007 and 2015, Amy worked for Age NI (the Northern Ireland equivalent of Age UK) and held various roles including Policy Officer and Research Manager. As a Churchill Fellow (2015), Amy spent six weeks in North America observing a range of arts activities for people with dementia. It was during this time that she developed an interest in the potential of the arts to provide meaningful engagement for people living with dementia in care homes.