Dr Laura Booi
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.
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.
- 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