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Kathryn Lord

Senior Research Fellow

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


Research: With 15 years of research experience in the field of dementia, Kathryn's research interests are currently focused on improving the care of people with dementia living at home. Kathryn is co-applicant and PI on research focused on supporting individuals and their families to maintain their independence at home and also manage other health conditions such as delirium.  

Teaching and supervision: Kathryn currently teaches across BSc and MSc programmes within the Faculty of Health Studies on a range of topics from 'Understanding dementia' to 'Ethics and communication'. Kathryn also supervises a number of MSc and PhD students and is an academic board member of the Centres Alzheimers Society funded Doctoral Training Centre for Transitions in Dementia Research.

Administration: Kathryn is currently the Director of Postgraduate Research for the Faculty of Health Studies and as such sits across or chairs a number of University wide committees. Kathryn is Associate Editor for BMC Health Services Research.


Kathryn’s research interests include:
  1. Improving care at home for people living with dementia and their families. She is currently co-applicant on a large Alzheimer's Society funded programme grant aimed at supporting people with dementia to live independently at home and improving the training and support for Home Carers supporting those individuals.
  2. Detection and management of delirium. Kathryn is aiming to understand how family carers and healthcare professionals diagnose and manage delirium in people living with dementia in the community. 
  3. Developing and testing interventions. Throughout all of Kathryn's research she is commited to using the findings to develop and test interventions in the real world that can improve the lives of people living with dementia and their families.

Date Role Title / Description Funder Award
01-MAR-18 - 28-FEB-23Co-applicantNIDUS
- Principal Investigator4D
- Co-applicantSTART implementation grant
Contract Researchers
NameDaniel Kelleher
RoleResearch Assistant
Funding bodyAlzheimer's Society


Teaching interests

Psychosocial support for people living with dementia.
Supporting family carers of people living with dementia.
Implementing evidence based care into practice.

Service evaluation in dementia care.

Research methods (qualitative and quantitative).

Teaching highlights

Development of e-learning module on 'Research and evidence-based practice in dementia care' for Health Education England.

Member of the Alzheimer's Society funded Centre for Applied Dementia Studies Doctoral Training Centre Management Board.

Research mentor for two teaching-focused academics within the Faculty of Health Studies.

Professional activities

  • 01-JAN-16: University College London - PhD
  • 01-JAN-06: University of Hertfordshire - BSc (Hons)
  • 14-NOV-16: Interdem, Member. Interdem is a pan-European network of researchers collaborating in research on and dissemination of Early, Timely and Quality Psychosocial Interventions in Dementia aimed at improving the quality of life of people with dementia and their supporters, across Europe.
  • 14-NOV-16: World Young Leaders in Dementia, A network of passionate, young professionals working across disciplines and borders to develop innovative dementia solutions.
  • 27-APR-20: University of Bradford Research & Knowledge Transfer Committee,


Peer Reviewed Journal
TitleCo-designing complex interventions with people living with dementia and their supporters. (2022)
AuthorsLord K;Kelleher D;Ogden M;Mason C;Rapaport P;Burton A;Leverton M;Downs M;Souris H;Jackson J;Lang I;Manthorpe J;Cooper C;
TitleTime to reflect is a rare and valued opportunity; a pilot of the NIDUS-professional dementia training intervention for homecare workers during the Covid-19 pandemic. (2022)
AuthorsKelleher D;Lord K;Duffy L;Rapaport P;Barber J;Manthorpe J;Leverton M;Dow B;Budgett J;Banks S;Duggan S;Cooper C;
JournalHealth and Social Care in the Community
TitleA qualitative analysis of stressors affecting 999 ambulance call handlers' mental health and well-being (2022)
AuthorsPowell, C., Fylan, B., Lord, K., Bell, F. Breen, L.
JournalInternational Journal Of Emergency Services
Title'You can't just put somebody in a situation with no armour'. An ethnographic exploration of the training and support needs of homecare workers caring for people living with dementia. (2021)
AuthorsLeverton M;Burton A;Beresford-Dent J;Rapaport P;Manthorpe J;Mansour H;Guerra Ceballos S;Downs M;Samus Q;Dow B;Lord K;Cooper C;
TitleSupporting independence at home for people living with dementia: a qualitative ethnographic study of homecare. (2021)
AuthorsLeverton M;Burton A;Beresford-Dent J;Rapaport P;Manthorpe J;Azocar I;Giebel C;Lord K;Cooper C;
JournalSocial Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology
Title"I just keep thinking that I don't want to rely on people." a qualitative study of how people living with dementia achieve and maintain independence at home: stakeholder perspectives (2020)
AuthorsRapaport P.;Burton A.;Leverton M.;Herat-Gunaratne R.;Beresford-Dent J.;Lord K.;Downs M.;Boex S.;Horsley R.;Giebel C.;Cooper C.
JournalBMC Geriatrics
TitleA mixed-methods feasibility study of a goal-focused manualised intervention to support people with dementia to stay living independently at home with support from family carers: NIDUS (New Interventions for Independence in Dementia Study) Family. (2020)
AuthorsRapaport P;Burton A;Palomo M;Griffiths J;Kelleher D;Leverton M;Vickerstaff V;Barber J;Bird M;Budgett J;Birch J;Rockwood K;Downs M;Lord K;Kales HC;Livingston G;Riley P;Cooper C;
JournalAging and Mental Health
TitleDeveloping the New Interventions for independence in Dementia Study (NIDUS) theoretical model for supporting people to live well with dementia at home for longer: a systematic review of theoretical models and Randomised Controlled Trial evidence. (2020)
AuthorsLord K; Beresford-Dent J; Rapaport P; Burton A; Leverton M; Walters K; Lang I; Downs M; Manthorpe J; Boex S; Jackson J; Ogden M & Cooper C.
JournalSocial Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology
TitleComparing proxy rated quality of life of people living with dementia in care homes. (2020)
AuthorsRobertson S;Cooper C;Hoe J;Lord K;Rapaport P;Marston L;Cousins S;Lyketsos CG;Livingston G;
JournalPsychological Medicine
TitleA UK survey of COVID-19 related social support closures and their effects on older people, people with dementia, and carers. (2020)
AuthorsGiebel C;Lord K;Cooper C;Shenton J;Cannon J;Pulford D;Shaw L;Gaughan A;Tetlow H;Butchard S;Limbert S;Callaghan S;Whittington R;Rogers C;Komuravelli A;Rajagopal M;Eley R;Watkins C;Downs M;Reilly S;Ward K;Corcoran R;Bennett K;Gabbay M;
JournalInternational Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
TitleWhy do staff and family think differently about quality of life in dementia? A qualitative study exploring perspectives in care homes (2019)
AuthorsRobertson S.;Cooper C.;Hoe J.;Lord K.;Rapaport P.;Livingston G.
JournalInternational Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
TitlePsychosocial interventions for community dwelling people following diagnosis of mild to moderate dementia. Findings of a systematic scoping review (2019)
AuthorsKeogh, F.; Mountain, Gail; Joddrell, P.; Lord, Kathryn
TitleStakeholder perspectives of care for people living with dementia moving from hospital to care facilities in the community: a systematic review (2019)
AuthorsRichardson A.;Blenkinsopp A.;Downs M.;Lord K.
JournalBMC Geriatrics
TitlePsychometric evaluation of the Cohen-Mansfield Agitation Inventory in an acute general hospital setting (2018)
AuthorsKupeli, N.; Vickerstaff, V.; White, N.; Lord, Kathryn; Scott, S.; Jones, L.; Sampson, E.L.
TitlePain and delirium in people with dementia in the acute general hospital setting (2018)
AuthorsFeast, A.R.; White, N.; Lord, Kathryn; Kupeli, N.; Vickerstaff, V.; Sampson, E.L.
JournalAge and Ageing
TitleDisseminating START: Training clinical psychologists and admiral nurses as trainers in a psychosocial intervention for carers of people with dementia's depressive and anxiety symptoms (2017)
AuthorsLord K.;Rapaport P.;Cooper C.;Livingston G.
JournalBMJ Open
TitleDementia Care Mapping in long-term care settings: A systematic review of the evidence (2017)
AuthorsBarbosa A.;Lord K.;Blighe A.;Mountain G.
JournalInternational Psychogeriatrics
TitleA feasibility randomised controlled trial of the DECIDE intervention: dementia carers making informed decisions (2017)
AuthorsLord, Kathryn; Livingston, G.; Cooper, C.
TitleDementia care mapping in long-term care settings: a systematic review of the evidence (2017)
AuthorsBarbosa, Ana; Lord, Kathryn; Blighe, Alan J.; Mountain, Gail
TitlePerson-Centered Dementia Care in the Community: A Perspective From the United Kingdom (2017)
AuthorsDowns, Murna G.; Lord, Kathryn
TitleThe management of behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia in the acute general medical hospital: A longitudinal cohort study (2017)
AuthorsWhite, N.; Leurent, B.; Lord, Kathryn; Scott, S.; Jones, L.; Sampson, E.L.
TitleFestival in a Box: Development and qualitative evaluation of an outreach programme to engage socially isolated people with dementia (2016)
AuthorsEades, M.; Lord, Kathryn; Cooper, C.
DOIEades M, Lord K and Cooper C (2016) Festival in a Box: Development and qualitative evaluation of an outreach programme to engage socially isolated people with dementia. Dementia. Published online before print. DOI:
TitleHow people with dementia and their families decide about moving to a care home and support their needs: development of a decision aid, a qualitative study (2016)
AuthorsLord, Kathryn; Livingston, G.; Robertson, S.; Cooper, C.
TitleDevelopment of a model for integrated care at the end of life in advanced dementia: A whole systems UK-wide approach (2016)
AuthorsJones, L.; Candy, B.; Davis, S.; Elliott, M.; Gola, A.; Harrington, J.; Kupeli, N.; Lord, Kathryn; Moore, K.; Scott, S.; Vickerstaff, V.; Omar, R.Z.; King, M.; Leavey, G.; Nazareth, I.; Sampson, E.L.
TitleContext, mechanisms and outcomes in end of life care for people with advanced dementia (2016)
AuthorsKupeli, N.; Leavey, G.; Moore, K.; Harrington, J.; Lord, Kathryn; King, M.; Nazareth, I.; Sampson, E.L.; Jones, L.
TitleWhat are the barriers to care integration for those at the advanced stages of dementia living in care homes in the UK? Health care professional perspective (2016)
AuthorsKupeli, N.; Leavey, G.; Harrington, J.; Lord, Kathryn; King, M.; Nazareth, I.; Moore, K.; Sampson, E.L.; Jones, L.
TitlePain, agitation, and behavioural problems in people with dementia admitted to general hospital wards (2015)
AuthorsSampson, E.L.; White, N.; Lord, Kathryn; Leurent, B.; Vickerstaff, V.; Scott, S.; Jones, L.
TitleTools to Assess Pain or Lack of Comfort In Dementia: A Content Analysis (2015)
Authorsvan der Steen, J.T.; Sampson, E.L.; Van den Block, L.; Lord, Kathryn; Vankova, H.; Sophie, P.; Vandervoort, A.; Radbruch, L.; Shvartzman, P.; Sacchi, V.; de Vet, H.C.W.; Van Den Noortgate, N.J.A.; EU-COST Action TD1005 Collaborators
TitleA systematic review of barriers and facilitators to and interventions for proxy decision-making by family carers of people with dementia (2015)
AuthorsLord, Kathryn; Livingston, G.; Cooper, C.
TitleWhen Pain Memories Are Lost: A Pilot Study of Semantic Knowledge of Pain in Dementia (2014)
AuthorsOosterman, J.M.; Hendriks, H.; Scott, S.; Lord, Kathryn; White, N.; Sampson, E.L.
TitleBehavioural and psychiatric symptoms in people with dementia admitted to the acute hospital: Prospective Cohort study (2014)
AuthorsSampson, E.L.; White, N.; Leurent, B.; Scott, S.; Lord, Kathryn; Round, J.; Jones, L.
TitleCoMPASs: IOn programme (Care Of Memory Problems in Advanced Stages of dementia: Improving Our Knowledge): protocol for a mixed methods study (2012)
AuthorsJones, L.; Harrington, J.; Scott, S.; Davis, S.; Lord, Kathryn; Vickerstaff, V.; Round, J.; Candy, B.; Sampson, E.L.