Senior Lecturer:Programme Director For Gerontology and Ageing Studies
Centre for Innovative Ageing
Telephone: (01792) 602952

Christine, a Chartered Psychologist, is the Postgraduate Programme Director for Gerontology and Ageing Studies here at the Centre. In line with the Centre’s ethos, the Programme examines biopsychosocial and environmental aspects of ageing, where older people are regarded as active agents in determining their own lives.

She completed her undergraduate degree in 2003, and her PhD in Social Psychology in 2008, both at Swansea University. She joined the Centre for Innovative Ageing in 2008, and has worked here almost continuously ever since. She has held a number of roles in research, teaching and student supervision. Research has included end-of-life care for older people, as well as intra- and intergenerational relationships in BAME elders. From 2014-2016, she was a Research Fellow in Information Governance and Public Engagement at the Farr Institute, Swansea University Medical School.

Christine is also research active, currently looking at dignified and inclusive health and social care for older (50+) trans people in Wales. This two-year, mixed-methods project works throughout closely with trans community members. As well as qualitative data collection with trans people, the quantitative aspect involves gathering data from health and social care professionals. Her research interests are: trans equality and rights; death, dying and bereavement; the use and abuse of power; research and information ethics; harnessing the power of data-linkage; public engagement and involvement; life-span development. 

Areas of Expertise

  • trans* identity
  • patient-centred professionalism
  • Ageing
  • public and professional perspectives
  • consultation workshops
  • support networks
  • ethnic minority groups
  • multigenerational households


  1. & Social support networks of older migrants in England and Wales: the role of collectivist culture. Ageing and Society, 1-25.
  2. & Dangers from Within? Looking Inwards at the Role of Maladministration as the Leading Cause of Health Data Breaches in the UK’. In Data Protection and Privacy: (In)visibilities and Infrastructures. Springer.
  3. & Caregiving and Carereceiving Relationships of Older South Asians. GeroPsych: The Journal of Gerontopsychology and Geriatric Psychiatry 23(4), 215-225.
  4. & End-of-life care for older people in Wales: Policy, practice and the effectiveness of the Integrated Care Pathway. Final Report.
  5. & Transnational Relationships and Cultural Identity of Older Migrants. GeroPsych 29(2), 57-69.

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  • ASPM07 Dissertation

    A dissertation is required for the MSc in Gerontology and Ageing Studies. The student will select an area within ageing which is of particular interest and explore it in considerable depth.

  • ASPM10 Psychology of Ageing

    Students will be introduced to the psychological constructs explaining the ageing process as well as exploring both typical and atypical patterns associated with ageing. Psychological illness, life transitions and attitude formation will also be addressed within the field, providing a detailed insight into the latter stages of the lifecourse from a psychological viewpoint.

  • SHGM45 Foundations in Health Promotion

    This module provides a foundation in understanding the key theoretical understanding of the principles related to health promotion and underpinning public health policy perspectives.

  • SHHM06 The Social Aspects of Long Term and Chronic Illness

    Students will be enabled to consider the social aspects of long term and chronic illness to gain understanding of the effects on the individual and society. The module will provide an opportunity to learn about the lived experiences of people, throughout the life course, whose lives are affected by long term and chronic illness. Consideration will be given also to the study of carers¿ experiences, examining their role and how their needs may be met. The module will focus on aspects of long term and chronic condition management that are overlooked in bio-medical approaches by examining in detail how people make sense of and cope with long term and chronic illness. It will also encourage practitioners to critically evaluate the delivery of care to patients with long term and chronic conditions and their carers within its strategic framework.

  • SHVM46 Chronic Pain Management

    The experience of chronic pain has a major impact upon a person¿s quality of life and it can often limit their level of physical functioning. Therefore, it is important to have effective strategies and treatment options available to decide the best method of clinical intervention. There are two main approaches to chronic pain management ¿ pharmacological and non-pharmacological (i.e. electrotherapy, massage, acupuncture, etc). This module will examine each option in terms of its evidence base and clinical application.