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Amirah Akhtar

Research Assistant - NIDUS

Faculty/Dept/School The Centre for Applied Dementia Studies
(Faculty of Health Studies)



Amirah works as a Research Assistant on the New Interventions for Independence in Dementia Study (NIDUS). Led by Professor Claudia Cooper at UCL, the project is being run in close partnership with the University of Bradford. The study aims to develop and test evidence based training and support programmes to help family (NIDUS-family) and paid home carers (NIDUS-professional) to provide high quality care to people living with dementia. These programmes have been co-developed with family carers, people living with dementia, home carers and health professionals.

Previous experience

Amirah has a BSc in Psychology from the University of Bradford. Before joining the NIDUS team, Amirah worked at the Bradford Institute of Health Research (BIHR), supporting the delivery of a variety of research projects across the Born in Bradford (BiB) and Born in Bradford Better Start (BiBBS) cohort, conducting research with diverse populations. Amirah has previous experience working on randomised controlled trials, working alongside service providers and service users, contributing towards evidence based practice. She previously worked in Patient and Public Involvement at the Bradford Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust (BTHFT). This involved engaging with diverse groups, including individuals with Dementia to hear their voices and experiences, in order to implement and promote Dementia friendly spaces within BTHFT.


Amirah is a part-time PhD student in the Psychology department at University of Bradford. Her PhD is exploring cultural understandings and experiences of psychological distress after childbirth, in the Pakistani-Muslim population. Amirah has a background in qualitative research, with experience in conducting in-depth interviews and has experience of qualitative analysis.