PhD Research Student

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My PhD title is The impact of Intergenerational activities on Relationship-Centred Care and care outcomes in Residential care Homes

My background

I completed my undergraduate degree in Psychology (BSc) at the University of Liverpool in 2016 with a dissertation exploring executive functioning and inhibitory control. Here I also gained experience as an experimental research assistant looking at suicide and self harm. I pursued my interested in psychology and research by studying a masters in Abnormal and Clinical Psychology at Swansea University in 2016/17, where I worked part time within the Centre for Innovative Ageing. Alongside my studies, I maintained a number of volunteer roles such as a Community Companion and Make-a-wish visitor.

My research

It is my experiences as a volunteer working with both old and young, combined with my interest and first hand experience of the innovative research behind gerontology and ageing studies, which enticed me to commence my PhD in 2018. The PhD aims to evaluate the impact of Intergenerational activities on Relationship-Centred Care and care outcomes in Residential care Homes. The project also aims to disentangle the effects of structured activities on residents in care homes, from the additional (dis)benefits accrued from performing these activities as part of intergenerational exchanges. This could contribute to sustainable provision of social care, change attitudes towards ageing and impact on the wellbeing of residents, family, and care staff.

Supervisors

Prof Vanessa Burholt, Dr Christine Dobbs