Dr Laura Booi, Research Fellow

Dr Laura Booi

Research Fellow

Dr Booi is a social gerontologist focused on research and advocacy relating to brain health equity and dementia, globally and locally.

Dr Booi is leading efforts to build inclusive communities through co-producing research with people living with dementia and developing social entrepreneurial ventures to connect and support dementia-focused leaders.

Research Interests

Dr Booi’s research interests focus on brain health equity and the role of intelligent, inclusively designed policy and research to support the health of marginalized populations.

Current Projects:

  • Co-Designing a Peer Mentorship Program, Leeds Beckett University, (PI), Funded by a UKRI Catalyst Award, this program will be co-developed with people living with dementia to support their post-diagnostic experience through shared learning and a bespoke education curriculum to be delivered over video conference technology
  • PREVENT-Dementia programme, University of Edinburgh, (PI), Funded by an Award for Global Brain Health Leaders, Dr Booi is leading a sub-study within the large-scale, multicentre study which will provide insight into how dementia prevention research can be more inclusive to seldom heard populations

Select Past Projects:

  • Primary Care-led Post-Diagnostic Dementia Care (PriDem), Newcastle University, (Research Associate), Newcastle University, (Research Associate) Dr Booi led the public patient involvement component of this study from March 2020- December 2020, and co-led the development of a systematic review looking at outcomes wanted by people living with dementia and their care-partners
  • Premature Ageing in The Homeless (PATH), Trinity College Dublin, (Research Fellow), In this role Dr Booi led the co-design of the research protocol and public engagement methods which included working with peer-researchers who had lived experience of homelessness and engaging their expertise in developing inclusive methods for data collection
  • The Aching Backbone: Perspectives and Experiences of Care Aides in Long-term Residential Care, Simon Fraser University, (Doctoral Thesis), Funded by the Canadian Fraility Network, this project explored the lived-experiences of care aides delivering care to residents in long-term residential care settings
  • Dementia Inclusive Retirement Communities, Ontario Retirement Communities Association, Canada, (PI), Dr Booi led an industry-based initiative, funded by the Canadian Brain Health Innovation Centre, and a Mitacs Accelerate award, to develop and commercialize an intervention for reducing dementia related stigma in 610 retirement communities. She used co-design and PPI methods, working alongside people living with dementia to create the intervention and an awareness video
Dr Laura Booi, Research Fellow