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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.

Current projects

Click on the boxes below to learn more about our current projects.