PhD Research Student

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The title of my PhD is Understanding and Improving the Mental Well-being of Older Adults in Residential Care

My background

I have a BSc (Hons) in Psychology from the University of Reading and an MSc in Psychiatry from Cardiff University. I have worked in residential care supporting younger adults with learning disabilities and mental health disorders. I have also worked in primary and secondary education (Welsh medium and English medium) supporting pupils with ASD, learning difficulties and learning disabilities. My most recent role has involved supporting university students with mental health issues.

My research

In July 2016 I started a PhD at the Centre for Innovative Ageing. The research is funded by the Healthcare Management Trust and aims to use a mixed methods design to develop a better understanding and a more detailed view of well-being for older adults in residential care in Wales; to explore ways to improve and maintain older adult’s well-being and quality of life, and to offer recommendations for best practice in assessing and maintaining well-being and improving the mental health of older adults in residential care. The first stage of the research will use a standardised well-being scale to measure the mental well-being of older adults in residential care. The findings will be used to inform and develop interview questions for the second, qualitative stage of the research.  

Supervisors

Dr Charles Musselwhite, Dr Michael Coffey