centre for dementia research

Supporting the advancement of applied dementia research leading to improvements in the lives of people living with dementia, and those providing care and support to them.

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responding to a national and international health priority

Dementia is a national and international health priority. The number of people living with dementia is set to increase as the population ages.

Leeds Beckett’s Centre for Dementia Research facilitates a cross-disciplinary research community. It supports the conduct of applied dementia research leading to improvements in the lives of people living with dementia, and those providing care and support to them. The centre has membership from across the university and a growing portfolio of internationally recognised dementia research across three themes: Dementia care and services; Digital, media, culture and sport; and Outcomes and measures.

We lead on the university’s commitment to become a dementia friendly organisation. We also supports annual activities such as Dementia Awareness Week.

In addition to the applied research activities, our research portfolio also includes biomedical sciences research.

our Areas of research

Featured research projects

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PhD Students

Alex Hart (Health and Community Studies) Development of an observational well-being tool for people with dementia. Supervisors: Alys Griffiths and Claire Surr

PhD Student

Alison Morby (Carnegie Sport) Developing guidance for reducing sedentary behaviour and increasing physical activity in people with dementia Supervisors: Vicki Archibald, Claire Surr and Andy Pringle

David Maxted Exploring Psychosocial Interventions in early stage Dementia care with enhancing family support systems Supervisors Anne-Marie Bagnall and Sarah Smith

Gill Maidens (Health and Community Studies) To what extent are Person Centred Care Principles, Choice and Inclusion evidenced in the assessment and decision making process for placement in permanent Residential Care for those living with Dementia in England. Supervisors: Claire Surr and Sarah Burden

Isabella Rizzo (Health and Community Studies) Development of a sensory processing measure for people with dementia. Supervisors: Sarah Smith, Alys Griffiths and Rob Brookes

PhD Student

Jo Crossland (Health and Community Studies) The development of a staff-led intervention to support family carer needs during the first 12 month in a dementia care home environment. Supervisors Claire Surr and Rachael Kelley

Mollie Price (Social Sciences) Understanding and addressing the psychosocial support needs of caregivers of people with comorbid cancer and dementia. Supervisors: Laura Ashley, Brendan Gough and Claire Surr

Nicky Taylor (Health and Community Studies) Whose narrative? People with dementia and creative co-production in theatre. Supervisors: Claire Surr, Darren Hill and Pamela Fisher

Olivia Robinson (Social Sciences) Understanding the care and support needs of nursing home residents with dementia and comorbid cancer Funded by the Abbeyfield Society. Supervisors: Ashley, Surr and Hill

Oma Iyoko (Health and Community Studies) Exploring the potential for community pharmacists to support improved help-seeking among Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) people living with dementia Supervisors Sarah Smith and Alys Griffiths

Rachel Fox (Health and Community Studies) Stimulating and increasing physical activity in people in the last stages of dementia, rather than slowing the course of the disease, Supervisors Sarah Smith, Alys Griffiths and Jackie Hargreaves

Rebecca Platt (Social Sciences) The care needs of people with cancer and dementia living in residential care homes Supervisors: Laura Ashley, Claire Surr, Rachael Kelley and Alan White

Emily Shoesmith (Health and Community Studies) Investigating the impact of person-centred art therapy on individuals living with dementia. Supervisors: Claire Surr and Divine Charura

Completed 2020

Cara Sass (Health and Community Studies) Understanding the impact of Sporting Memories groups in the community for men living with dementia. Supervisors: Claire Surr and Lorena Lozano

Completed 2020

share your experience

Involving people living with dementia, their families and health care professionals is at the centre of our research and teaching. We work with people with experience of living with or supporting people with dementia, to ensure that the voice of those with lived experience of dementia is heard.

There are many ways to get involved, including:

  • Telling us what we should be researching
  • Joining our panel of experts to make sure we represent your views
  • Being an advisor for a research study
  • Sharing your experiences with students
  • Interviewing and assessing prospective students
  • Presenting with us at conferences

No previous experience is needed! We provide any training or support needed. People’s time and expenses are reimbursed and those living with dementia or who need support to attend are welcome to bring someone with them to activities and events they are involved with.

If you are interested in being involved in our work or want to know more please contact Alys Griffiths on 0113 812 9238 or Alys.Griffiths@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

Professor Claire Surr of Dementia Studies
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Our goal is to help people with dementia and their families experience a better quality of life.

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