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Dr Danielle Jones

Associate Professor

Faculty/Dept/School The Centre for Applied Dementia Studies
(Faculty of Health Studies)
Telephone +441274 236469


Dr Danielle Jones graduated with a first class honours degree in Sociology from the University of York (2006), and continued to gain a distinction in her MA in Social Research (2009), before completing her PhD at the University of York (2012). Danielle’s research specialism is a methodology called Conversation Analysis (CA). CA is a qualitative, micro-analytic, systematic method for studying real-life interaction. It uses audio- and video-recordings of authentic interactions to enable direct  observation and fine-grained analysis, focusing not only on what is said but how it is said. It is widely recognised as the leading methodology for investigating everyday interaction. Danielle has used this method to explore the implications of Alzheimer’s disease for family communication and relationships. Through this research, she developed a unique approach to helping families manage the sometimes-difficult interactions that arise as a result of the condition.

As part of Danielle's post-doctoral research she was involved in a pilot clinical research study, which was funded by the National Institute for Health Research, Research for Patient Benefit programme (NIHR, RfPB). Along with collaborators from the departments of Neurology and Neuropsychology at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital in Sheffield and colleagues at Loughborough University, they investigated communication in memory clinic encounters and identified patterns and features of interaction during memory assessments which aided in the differential diagnosis of dementia and functional memory complaints. This project demonstrated the potential for CA approaches to aid practitioners with clinical decision-making during the assessment and diagnosis of dementia. Danielle has continued this work to look at the administration of the Addenbrooke's Cognitive examination in clinical practice. Danielle has used this research to inform her teaching on the Postgraduate Certificate for Practitioners with a Special Interest in Dementia's module on Assessment and Diagnosis in Dementia, for which she is programme leader.   

Danielle has taken a leading role in the Dementia education that has been developed and delivered in the Centre for Applied Dementia Studies, most notably acting as programme leader on the BSc Dementia Studies, and more recently designing the curriculum for the MSc Advanced Dementia Studies (launched in 2019). 

Danielle is the founder of the Dementia Communication Research Network (DCRN), an international network of scholars involved in undertaking research on Dementia and Communication, she is a member of the International Society for Conversation Analysis (ISCA) and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. 


Teaching interests

Current Roles

Module Leader: Evidence Appraisal and Synthesis

Programme Leader: Postgraduate Certificate for Practitioners with a Special Interest in Dementia

Module Leader: Assessment and Diagnosis of Dementia

Supervisor: MSc Advanced Dementia Studies final year dissertation supervisor

                    PhD - Amanda Briggs - Technology-aided communication for people with dementia in secondy care. 

Overview: I take a leading role within the Centre for Applied Dementia Studies in relation to Dementia education. I have been involved in creating the curriculum for the new MSc Advanced Dementia studies programme (launched Sept 2019), for which I was programme leader. As programme lead during the development of the curriculum I took oversight of curriculum design and delivery, undertaking University programme approval and quality assurance processes, taking leadership of the design of the curriculum and the development of innovative resources and content for its modules, which are delivered via distance learning. I was responsible for overseeing student attainment and monitoring as well as marketing, recruitment, admissions and induction. I was responsible for leading the development of, and delivering, the module Evidence Appraisal and Synthesis. It reviewed well in the first year, with an overall student satisfaction rate of 4.1/5. I am also leading the development of a new module which will be designed, created and delivered by our Experts by Experience. This will be a unique module where people living with dementia and their families and carers will work with our education team to identify the content and deliver the materials of our new MSc module.

I am the current programme lead for the Postgraduate Certificate for Practitioners with a special interest in dementia. This innovative postgraduate certificate is the first course of its kind in England. It is designed for practitioners from a variety of clinical backgrounds working in health care settings where diagnostic services and post-diagnostic support for people with dementia are provided. The programme aims to support learners to develop high-level skills in assessment, diagnosis, clinical management and ongoing support for people with dementia and their carers. 

I have also become increasingly interested in pedagogical theory and how it relates to educational practice. I was awarded a distinction for the Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Practice (2017), which provided me with a deeper insight into pedagogic theory, its influence on practice and how to ensure my teaching aligns with the University’s learning and teaching strategy, especially in relation to designing a dementia curriculum that is digitally-rooted, internationalised and research- informed. I am passionate about ensuring our education provides our distance-learning students with a sense of community and is of high-quality. In addition, as all our education programmes are undertaken by health and social care practitioners it is exciting and challenging to create experiential education so our stduents can learn by doing. This also means our education programmes have direct impact on practice and the lives of people living with dementia and their carers. 

Previous roles 

Programme Leader: BSc Dementia Studies

     Module Leader: Communication and Inclusion

     Module Leader: Planning for Practice Change

     Module Leader: Practice Project

Programme Leader: MSc Advanced Dementia Studies

Professional activities

  • 01-JAN-12: University of York - PhD
  • 01-JAN-09: University of York - MA
  • 01-JAN-06: University of York - BA (Hons)
  • 01-APR-12: University of York - Research Associate
  • 08-JUL-13: University of Bradford - Lecturer in Dementia Studies
  • 08-NOV-16: International Society for Conversation Analysis, Member
  • 21-NOV-17: INTERDEM, Member
  • 21-JUN-17: Higher Education Academy, HEA Fellow
  • Faculty of Health Studies Teaching and Learning Committee,
  • Extenuating Circumstances Committee,
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  • Programme Leader: BSc Dementia Studies Programme Leader
  • Programme Leader: MSc Advanced Dementia Studies Programme Leader
  • 01-OCT-18: Arima Kogen Integrated Community Project - Consultant on the Arima Kogen Integrated Community project, which is a small-scale culture change project in rural Japan.


Peer Reviewed Journal
TitleAn interactional profile to assist the differential diagnosis of neurodegenerative and functional memory disorders (2018)
AuthorsReuber, M.; Blackburn, D.; Elsey, C.; Wakefield, S.; Ardern, K.; Harkness, K.; Venneri, A.; Jones, Danielle K.; Shaw, C.; Drew, P.
TitleConversational assessment in memory clinic encounters: interactional profiling for differentiating dementia from functional memory disorders (2016)
AuthorsJones, Danielle K.; Drew, P.; Elsey, C.; Blackburn, D.; Wakefield, S.; Harkness, K.; Reuber, M.
TitleA family living with Alzheimer’s disease: The communicative challenges (2015)
AuthorsJones, Danielle K.
TitleTowards diagnostic conversational profiles of patients presenting with dementia or functional memory disorders to memory clinics (2015)
AuthorsElsey, C.; Drew, P.; Jones, Danielle K.; Blackburn, D.; Wakefield, S.; Harkness, K.; Venneri, A.; Reuber, M.
TitleWell they had a couple of bats to be truthful: Well-prefaced, self-initiated repairs in managing relevant accuracy in interaction (2013)
AuthorsJackson, C and Jones, D
JournalJournal of Pragmatics
Book Chapters
TitlePathways within dementia diagnosis: Conversation Analytical perspectives (2017)
AuthorsPlejert, C; Jones. D and Peel, E
JournalLife with Dementia: Relations, Responses and Agency in Everyday Life
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan