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Applied Dementia Studies

The Centre for Applied Dementia Studies is making a substantial on-going contribution to dementia research, education, scholarships and training.  We are creating leaders in health and social care through undergraduate and postgraduate distance learning programmes in applied dementia studies. We undertake landmark research, with funding from the Medical Research Council, the National Institute of Health Research, the Department of Health and the Alzheimer's Society.  We are developing the next generation of applied dementia research leaders through our Alzheimer's Society funded Doctoral Training Centre on Improving Transitions in Dementia Care.

MSc Advanced Dementia Studies

Find out more about our part-time, distance learning Master's programme.

Apply now, start in September 2021.

My professional practice has developed due to the theory learnt on the course and applying it to practice. I have learnt the skills of reading and writing academically. My thought processes and perceptions have changed since commencing this course. I now have more confidence in my own abilities. Dementia studies student

Interested in doing a PhD with us at the Centre for Applied Dementia Studies? 

We invite applications from students wishing to do a PhD at the Centre for Applied Dementia Studies.

Learn more about how we can support you in finding the right funding and guiding you on how to write a strong application. Read our tips on Moving onto a PhD.

Our current PhD students

We have a growing number of PhD students completing projects focused on two main research areas - Living Well with Dementia and Improving the Quality of Care for People affected by Dementia. Learn more about PhD students and their research topics:

  • Wendy Andrusjak: Hearing and sight loss in care home residents. Supervisors:  and Dr Ana Barbosa
  • Oladayo BifarinSupport needs of carers of older relatives in China in light of the one-child policy. Supervisors: Prof Jan Oyebode, Dr Catherine Quinn, Dr Liz Breen
  • Sarra BlackmanImpact of pain on cognitive functioning. Supervisors: Dr Sahdia Parveen and Prof Catriona Morrison
  • Paul Dourandish Perceptions of medicines management for people living with dementia in their own home and the contribution of community pharmacy in supporting independent living post-diagnosis. Supervisors: Dr Sue Jones and Dr Kathryn Lord
  • Alison EllwoodCo-morbidity and physical frailty. Supervisors: Prof Gail Mountain, Dr Catherine Quinn, and Dr Tizzy Teale (BIHR)
  • Jiayen EngCare home staff wellbeing. Supervisors: Dr Ana Barbosa and Prof Murna Downs
  • Suzanne Hill Quality and Continuity of Medication Management when People with Dementia Transition between the Care Home and Hospital Settings. Supervisors: Dr Catherine Quinn and Prof David Alldred
  • Daniel Kelleher A process evaluation of the NIDUS-professional intervention’. Supervisors: Dr Kathryn Lord and Professor Rebecca Randell 
  • Saba ShafiqUsing the self-regulatory model to explore cultural understandings of dementia in African Caribbean and Irish communities. Supervisors: Prof Jan Oyebode and Dr Sahdia Parveen
  • Shabana Shafiq: Barriers and facilitators for south Asian families in accessing support when a relative is living with frailty. Supervisors: Dr Sahdia Parveen, Dr Mel Cooper and Dr Becca Hawkins
  • Akhlak Rauf Memory problems to complex needs: How do South Asian carers manage the transitions relating to the care of a family member with dementia. Supervisors: Prof Jan Oyebode and Dr Sahdia Parveen
  • Angela Richardson Hospital and care home nurse perspectives on optimising care for people living with dementia who transfer between hospitals and care homes. Supervisors: Prof Murna Downs and Prof Gail Mountain
  • Helen WellsFactors influencing decision-making about living arrangements by women with dementia who live alone. Supervisors: Dr Andrea Capstick and Prof Udy Archibong

Doctoral Training Centre

The Bradford DTC is one of eight specialist doctoral training centres around the country that are funded by the Alzheimer’s Society as part of its investment in future research leaders.

Doctoral studies at Bradford focus on improving care, health and wellbeing at points of transition for people affected by dementia.  We are interested in improving transitions in the level and location of care.

The Centre aims to build research capacity in dementia, creating the future leaders that dementia research needs. The Centre will further enhance the University’s international reputation for applied person-centred dementia care and services research by funding seven PhD students to develop new ways to support people with dementia and their families and improve the quality of dementia care at times of transition.

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Dementia training and consultancy

We provide a suite of person-centred care training courses to a range of organisations across the UK, including:

  • primary care
  • acute hospital trusts
  • large and small care home organisations
  • domiciliary care services
  • hospices

We also provide a range of consultancy services and support to organisations, in order to identify areas for development and develop realistic plans to improve care practices in dementia care.

Dementia research

The Centre for Applied Dementia Studies is one of the UK’s leading centres for psychosocial research into living well with, and caring well for, people with dementia and their families.

We have over 20 years experience of high quality pioneering research underpinned by the values of person-centred care.

Our research aims to make a difference to the lives of people with dementia by influencing policy and practice. We have a major impact through, for example:

  • Our model of Person-Centred Care (PCC), proposed by Professor Tom Kitwood in the 1990s and still developing and evolving. The model is widely accepted nationally and internationally, and embedded in policy such as National Institute of Clinical Excellence Guidelines 
  • Our observational measure and practice development methodology, Dementia Care Mapping (DCM). Since 2008, 3616 practitioners have been trained in DCM in the UK and a further 3189 internationally. DCM is endorsed by the National Audit Office, and regulators use our DCM derivative, the Short Observational Framework for Inspection (SOFI) to audit care


  • Our co-editing of the landmark text book, Excellence in Dementia Care, now in its second edition

Our areas of research focus include Living Well with Dementia and Improving the Quality of Care for People with Dementia.

Living Well with Dementia reflects research interest in the experience, for the person and their family, of living with dementia from diagnosis through to end-of-life, including experience of rarer, and young onset dementias.

Our research has received funding from a range of organisations including the ERSC, MRC, NIHR, Alzheimer Society and Department of Health.

We have a growing number of doctoral students across the Faculty exploring aspects of Dementia including those sponsored by BUPA and the Alzheimer Society. The Centre for Applied Dementia Studies convenes a monthly applied inter-disciplinary dementia meeting with visiting speakers from partners internationally, nationally and regionally.

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We are recruiting family carers and people living with dementia for NIDUS study

If you require this information in an alternative format, please contact our team.

Challenging a dehumanising approach to dementia

TED Talk delivered by Lindsey Collins, Dementia Care Practice Dev Consultant

Queens Anniversary Prize: person-centred dementia care

The University of Bradford has been presented with a coveted Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education for its world-leading work to improve the lives of people living with dementia.


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Postal address

The Centre for Applied Dementia Studies
Faculty of Health Studies
University of Bradford
Richmond Road

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