I joined the CIA in 2008 as a Research Officer and have been able to develop my skills as a researcher in a stimulating environment before taking on the role as Post Graduate Programme Director in the Centre for Innovative Ageing. My interests are in social gerontology and the interaction of older adults both within their social environments and in the wider community. I have been involved in major research projects in the centre and continue to be actively involved in obtaining research funding and I am currently working with colleagues around the world to assess attitudinal intervention measures. Further to this I am interested in the formation, adaptation and expression of attitudes (both explicit and implicit) and the effects on social integration, marginalisation, stigmatisation and prejudice.

The Post Graduate programmes in the centre are growing both in student numbers and course diversity with Certificate and Diploma options being available from 2013. The modules are taught by research active staff, reflecting their research strengths, emerging fields in the discipline and our unique connections to the Welsh Government.

My affiliations & professional memberships are:
British Psychological Society (BPS);
British Society of Gerontology (BSG);
Older Peoples Ageing and Research and Development Network (OPAN);
Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE);
Emerging Researchers in Ageing (ERA).

You can follow the Centre for Innovative Ageing on Twitter here: @ciaswansea

Publications

  1. & Sexual health and sexual activity in later life. Reviews in Clinical Gerontology 25(01), 22-30.
  2. & Delivering high quality hip fracture rehabilitation: the perspective of occupational and physical therapy practitioners. Disability and Rehabilitation, 1-12.
  3. & Valuing older people: time for a global campaign to combat ageism. Bulletin of the World Health Organization 94(10), 710-710A.
  4. & Assessing environmental features related to mental health: a reliability study of visual streetscape images. BMC Public Health 14(1), 1094
  5. & The Continuation of Prejudice: Addressing Negative Attitudes in Nurse Training and Continuing Professional Education. Educational Gerontology 40(1), 53-60.

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Teaching

  • ASPM00 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.

  • ASPM02 Perspectives on Ageing

    The module considers different perspectives on ageing. It provides students with an understanding of theoretical approaches, current debates and issues in gerontology.

  • 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.

  • ASPM08 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.

  • 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.

  • ASPM11 Semester Abroad, University of Alberta

    Students will be introduced to international perspectives on ageing, approaching emerging themes in the field of gerontology from different global cultures and discourses.

  • PPS105 Social Inquiry in Practice

    The module begins students¿ development of knowledge of research. It aims to particularly focus on knowledge and understanding of the research process. The main aim is to assist students to apply knowledge and skills of research methods to their own personal and professional development.

  • SHFM01 Autonomous Osteopathic Practice

    The student will demonstrate within this module the knowledge, skills and attitudes appropriate to seek registration with the General Osteopathy Council (GOsC).

Supervision

  • The experience of informal carers of people with young onset dementia (YOD) in rural Wales (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Vanessa Burholt
  • Untitled (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Vanessa Burholt
  • Access to citizenship in the mobilities age (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Charles Musselwhite
    Other supervisor: Dr Ashley Frawley
  • 'Relationship Convoys and Wellbeing in Older Americans' (awarded 2017)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Vanessa Burholt

Career History

Start Date End Date Position Held Location
2012 Present Senior Lecturer Swansea University
2008 2012 Research Officer Swansea University
2007 2008 Senior Survey Methodologist Office for National Statistics
2005 2009 Lecturer University of South Wales

Key Grants and Projects

  • Older People’s External Residential Assessment Tool 2013 - 2015

    , with V. Burholt, G. Windle, S. Lannon, M. Roberts, NISCHR – Social Care Grants Scheme: £169,887

  • Indian Partnership Development 2013 - 2013

    , with V. Burholt, HEFCW – Strategic Insight Programme: £5,000

  • Provision of inclusive and anti-discriminatory services to older lesbian, gay, bisexual-identifying (LGB) people in residential care environments in Wales 2011 - 2013

    , with P. Willis, T. Maegasuku-Hewitt, C. Baker, P. Miles, M. Raithby, NISCHR – Social Care Grant Scheme: £143,954

  • Older people use of and attitudes towards Nano-Technology 2011 - 2012

    , with R. Cobley, OPAN Cymru: £1,700

Research Groups

  • Housing Care and Older Peoples Research network (HCOPR)

    Research Group interested in housing and associated care provision for older people.

  • Older People and Ageing research and development Network (OPAN)

    Pan-Wales network of ageing researchers promoting collaborative research across disciplines.