Dr Jane Mullins

Research Assistant, Public Health

Telephone number

+44 (0) 1792

Research Links

Available For Postgraduate Supervision
Media Commentator


Dr Jane M. Mullins, author of Finding the Light in Dementia, a Guide for Families, Friends & Caregivers is a researcher at The Awen Institute, Centre for Innovative Ageing. With over 25 years’ experience in gerontological research, nursing & education, her overarching passion is to find effective ways of communicating with people living with neurodegenerative conditions & stroke.

As a dementia research nurse specialist in the memory clinics of Bath & Cardiff, she provided support to people & their families/carers during their diagnosis & ongoing care. Her nursing experience includes managing a care home for older adults, staff nursing in neurology & gerontology wards & coronary & intensive care units.

She has lectured in Health & Social Care at Cardiff Metropolitan University & the Masters in Long Term & Chronic Condition management & Gerontology & Ageing Studies. Her training experience includes delivering “Experiencing Dementia;” ethnodrama performance training with Re-live, developing DUETcare (dignity, understanding and empathy training) and authoring her blog and book: Finding the Light in Dementia, a Guide for Families, Friends and Caregivers


Areas Of Expertise

  • Effective communication with people living with neurodegenerative disease
  • Creative research methodologies
  • Research ethics & mental capacity
  • Dementia
  • Blogging
  • Designing research with people living with dementia

Career Highlights

Teaching Interests

BioPsychoSocial aspects of Ageing and Dementia

Research Methods

Personal & Professional Development

Creativity & Health


Her research experience includes qualitative & quantitative research studies in mild cognitive impairment & dementia & the management of multi-centre trials of the first licensed drugs for Alzheimer’s disease & vascular dementia at the Memory Clinics. As Research Manager at the Welsh Epilepsy Unit, University Hospital Wales she undertook qualitative & quantitative studies which included examining anxiety & medication failure, psycho- social interventions for people living with Non Epileptic Attack Disorder & exploring artists’ perceptions of how their seizures impacted their art. Whilst a Research Associate at the Older People & Ageing Research & Development Network, Swansea University she ran focus groups exploring characteristics of outdoor falls with older people. Her quest to bring creativity into her practice led to her PhD research: A Suitcase of Memories, a Sensory Ethnography of Tourism & Dementia with Older People. By adapting a novel research methodology, she helped overcome some of the communication difficulties that people living with moderate dementia experience. Contributions include: researcher responsibility in undertaking ethical research with people living with dementia using meaningful & ongoing consent; Sensory Ethnography as an arts-based methodology including the creation of a digital film (co-produced & disseminated with the co-researchers), examination of tactile objects, performance & sharing of food & drink (stimulating memory & communication); development of a creative multisensory toolbox for people to express themselves & help them reconnect with their partners/families; recommendations for service providers supporting people living with moderate dementia & their partners & the wider tourism industry. Involved in research & governance for the LAUGH® project with Prof Cathy Treadaway, Cardiff School of Art & Design, culminating in the creation of HUG; a sensory device designed to bring comfort to people living with dementia.