Dr Alys Griffiths
About Dr Alys Griffiths
Alys is a Research Fellow in Dementia Studies, working on several projects. Alys is currently the hub lead for the West Yorkshire recruitment hub of the of the Enhancing Person-Centred Care In Care Homes (EPIC) trial. This is a four-year study looking at whether Dementia Care Mapping (DCM) is effective and cost effective for helping care home staff to deliver person-centred care to residents with dementia. This involves 50 care homes across the UK and over 750 people living with dementia.
Alys graduated with Bsc Psychology from Bangor University in 2011. She then studied for a PhD in Psychology at the University of Manchester, investigating the impact of defeat and entrapment as predictors of mental health problems amongst formal caregivers and individuals from areas of socioeconomic deprivation. Whilst studying, Alys conducted music workshops in care homes in a large Care Organisation in North Wales, including collaborations with the Halle Orchestra and the Welsh National Opera.
Alys is involved in the evaluation of the recently launched Sporting Memories app. Sporting Memories is a charity which aims to improve the lives of people in the community who are living with dementia, depression or loneliness through reminiscence of sporting events and physical activity. The evaluation aims to establish the impact of using the app on the well-being and social isolation of older people.
Alys is part of the team developing Dementia Detectives, a workshop designed for secondary school students aged 14 to 16 years. It is hoped that this will influence the way that students will learn about dementia and aims to reduce the stigma surrounding dementia as well as deal with 'myths' around dementia.