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Dr Janet McNally

PositionResearch Assistant
DepartmentCentre for Applied Dementia Studies
Telephone01274 23 8069

Research Interests (key words only)

Communication impairment and development, communication in health and social care settings, psycho-social and self-management interventions, professional practice in health and social care.


Janet worked for 17 years in a range of roles in statutory and voluntary sector mental health services and is a qualified mental health social worker. She also has a professional qualification in speech and language therapy having undertaken re-training in this area in 2005. Since retraining, Janet has worked on a number of research projects relating to health, psychology and communication including stroke, autism and infant communication. Alongside her research work, Janet teaches psychology and health and social care for the Open University.

Janet joined the Centre for Applied Dementia Studies in October 2018 to work on the 4D Project.

Study History

  • PhD Psychology – The University of Leeds
  • BSc Speech Pathology and Therapy - Manchester Metropolitan University
  • MSc Psychology with distinction – The Open University
  • CQSW / PGDipPSW – The University of Manchester
  • BSc Psychology – The University of Birmingham

Professional History

  • HCPC Registered Speech and Language Therapist
  • HCPC Registered Social Worker In England

Current Projects

The 4Ds project - Distinguishing types of dementia in memory services/Detecting and managing delirium superimposed on dementia (DSD) in the community.


Reinehr, T., Hetherington, M., Nekitsing, C., McNally, J., Shloim, N. and Ekelund, U., 2018. Aetiology of obesity in children. Advanced Nutrition and Dietetics in Obesity, pp.261-286.

McNally, J., Hugh-Jones, S., Caton, S., Weenen, H., Vereijken, C. and Hetherington, M., 2016. Examining behaviours associated with infant hunger and satiation in the context of solid food feeding. Appetite, (101), p.216.

McNally, J., Hugh‐Jones, S., Caton, S., Vereijken, C., Weenen, H. and Hetherington, M., 2016. Communicating hunger and satiation in the first 2 years of life: a systematic review. Maternal & child nutrition, 12(2), pp.205-228.

Green, J., Charman, T., Pickles, A., Wan, M.W., Elsabbagh, M., Slonims, V., Taylor, C., McNally, J., Booth, R., Gliga, T. and Jones, E.J., 2015. Parent-mediated intervention versus no intervention for infants at high risk of autism: a parallel, single-blind, randomised trial. The Lancet Psychiatry, 2(2), pp.133-140.

Green, J., Wan, M.W., Guiraud, J., Holsgrove, S., McNally, J., Slonims, V., Elsabbagh, M., Charman, T., Pickles, A., Johnson, M. and BASIS Team, 2013. Intervention for infants at risk of developing autism: a case series. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 43(11), pp.2502-2514.

Public/Academic/Stakeholder Engagement

McNally, J. (Nov 2017) Maternal perceptions of hunger, fullness and enough in the context of baby led and spoon fed meals. Oral presentation, Society for Reproductive and Infant Psychology 37th Annual Conference, York.

McNally, J. (Sept 2016) Those who do and those who don’t – Feeding decisions in the context of baby led weaning and traditional spoon-feeding. Oral presentation, Society for Reproductive and Infant Psychology 36th Annual Conference, Leeds.

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