USA tour for College of Human and Health Sciences Ageing Studies Lecturer

Dr Paul Nash from the College of Human and Health Science's Centre for Innovative Ageing (CIA) will travel across the USA as part of a British Council funded sabbatical.

Dr Nash, who is the programme manager for the MSc Gerontology and Ageing Studies course set off on the first leg of his tour to the University of Washington in Seattle on the 13th October.  While at the University he will be working with Professor Greenwald, a world authority on implicit social cognition and measurement of implicit attitudes.

He said: "Prof Greenwald has agreed to let me take part in their lab and learn more about the techniques that they are developing. I will then be able to build these techniques into the research that we conduct in Wales.

Dr Nash will spend a week in Washington DC, undertaking a series of meetings with different Universities and public bodies about the potential research in the US around attitudes of care staff in residential care homes. He will also meet with AARP (American Assoc. of Retired People), which is the leading advocacy and fund raising organisation for the rights of older adults in the US.

He said: "The AARP have expressed an interest in the research that I have done so far and are looking for potential future research."

For the duration of his stay, Dr Nash will work with the University of Southern California (USC) in LA, which is the oldest school of gerontology in the USA and the first globally to offer a PhD programme in Gerontology. There, he will be teaching and presenting work to faculty and fostering research collaborations. He said: "I have several papers that I am looking to construct whilst out in LA and hope to bring the techniques from University of Washington down to LA."

Dr Nash added: "The trip will expand the research links of the CIA in the US, a research environment where we have relatively little input currently. It will also open possibilities of higher impact publications and international grant funding. Teaching collaborations will enable future links to be fostered and guest lectures to ensure the highest quality of content for our students."