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Meet our students and doctors

Paul Dourandish

Supervisors: Dr Sue Jones, Dr Kathryn Lord

Paul graduated with a BA (Hons) degree in Politics and International Relations in 2006, however, stemming from his interest in medicines and pharmaceutical care, in 2009, he decided to embark on a career in Pharmacy as a mature student.

His grandfather was recently diagnosed with vascular dementia, and he has witnessed first-hand the emotional upheaval that people living with dementia and their family members, often endure in adapting to this life-changing condition.

As a pharmacist, he is committed to supporting people in the safe and effective use of medicines. His PhD research seeks to explore the contribution of medicines optimisation to maintaining independence for older people living with dementia in their own home.

PhD titleAn investigation of how people with dementia manage their medicines at home and the role of community pharmacists in supporting this process.

Suzanne Hill

Supervisors: Dr Catherine Quinn and Professor David Alldred

Suzanne is a registered pharmacist and in 2012 I started working as a Lecturer in Pharmacy Practice at the University of Bradford. As a pharmacist, she is committed to supporting people to safely and effectively administer medicine, gain the most benefit from their treatment and ultimately have a better quality of life.

She has had personal experience of seeing family members face the challenges associated with having, and caring for those with dementia. 

Her PhD focuses on the systems and processes in place supporting the delivery of safe and high quality care, when people affected by dementia who are living in care homes are admitted to, and discharged from hospital.

PhD title: Investigating the Quality and Continuity of Medication Management when People living with Dementia move between the Care Home and Hospital Setting


Akhlak Rauf

Supervisors: Professor Jan Oyebode and Dr Sahdia Parveen

Akhlak worked in a Local Authority to support people with Dementia and their carers for over 12 years - recently being awarded an MBE for this work. The PhD is an ideal extension of this experience. He also takes ‘motivation’ to make a meaningful difference from his personal experience - the lack of support given to his parents when they were looking after his grandmother who had dementia.

His PhD project aims to develop an understanding of how South Asian families cope with transitions in the dementia-related needs of a relative with dementia and to make recommendations that will enable effective coping strategies at the various stages.

PhD title: From memory problems to complex needs: How do South Asian carers manage the transitions relating to the care of a family member with dementia


Angela Richardson

Supervisors: Professor Murna Downs and Professor Gail Mountain

Angela has a clinical background in mental health nursing with a special interest in dementia care. she has worked in variety of nursing and management roles for a mix of employers including the NHS and the third sector. More recently she has worked as a lecturer in dementia care nursing

Her research is focused on the role of nurses in supporting transitions between hospitals and care homes for people living with dementia.

PhD title: The role of nurses in optimising the transition for nursing home residents living with dementia who return to their place of care after discharge from hospital. 


Helen Wells

Supervisors: Dr Andrea Capstick and Professor Udy Archibong

Helen has worked and supported people with dementia and their families for over 35 years in a variety of roles and settings from a cleaner to dementia development worker. Her last job role was to develop a new service in partnership with people living with dementia and their families.

Aim of her PhD is to explore factors which influence women's decisions about where to live following a diagnosis of dementia. With her PhD Helen aims to create a women’s focus framework that will safeguard the rights of women living alone with dementia at every stage of their life.

PhD title: Factors influencing decision-making about living arrangements by women with dementia who live alone

Courtney Genge

Supervisors: Professor Gerry Harmitage and Dr Andrea Capstick

Dr. Courtney Genge has worked in health research for 8 years and has an interest in health systems transformation, innovative models of care delivery, patient safety and quality improvement, and collaborative co-designed research approaches.

In 2018 she completed her PhD at the University of Bradford. Her doctoral work was a mixed methods exploratory study identifying opportunities to improve the quality and safety of care provided to people living with cognitive impairments when they access care in the emergency department.

After graduating, Courtney has worked as Senior Research Associate at the Saint Elisabeth (SE) Research Centre, Toronto. Since September 2020 she started a new job as Program Advisor for National Research Council of Canada for the 'Aging in Place' Program.

PhD research title: Towards dementia friendly emergency departments: A mixed method exploratory study identifying opportunities to improve the quality and safety of care for people with dementia in emergency departments.

Denise de Waal

Supervisors: Professor Murna Downs and Professor Neil Small

Denise is a cultural anthropologist by background. She is interested in how people experience illness and how it influences different aspects of their daily life. Her research project used ethnography to provide knowledge that could inform the future development of support for couples living in the community; where one partner has dementia and co-morbidities and the partner is the primary carer.

Her PhD study aims to optimise the healthcare in the home by gaining a deeper understanding of the influence of dementia and co-morbidities co-influenced by structural factors like class, ethnicity and gender on their relationship, identity and daily life routine at home.

PhD project title: ‘We’re all getting older you see, and things do change, don’t they? An Ethnographic study of the Disruption and Continuity in the Daily Lives of Couples Living with Dementia and Co-morbidities’  

After completing her PhD in 2018, Denise worked as a Policy Officer for the European Commission, Directorate General Health and Food Safety (DG Santé).Since 2020 she is manager of knowledge networks and quality at Zeeuwse Zorgschakels, Netherlands.