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Danielle Jones

Senior Lecturer

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. Danielle has also been 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 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. Danielle is also the Programme Lead for the MSc Advanced Dementia Studies at the Centre for Applied Dementia Studies at the University of Bradford.