TitleFirst NameLast NameDeptHEISummary of Research InterestsWebpageEmail
ProfDominicAbramsSchool of PsychologyKentEquality and human rights, prejudice, discrimination, social attitudes and social change across the life course. Social and developmental psychology and gerontology.
DrSteveAllanPersonal Social Services Research UnitKentA social and health care economist with a particular interest in both market and labour force issues in social care.
DrSelwaAlsamSchool of Life SciencesEssexHospital-related infections and infections in the elderly; the interaction of microorganisms with the blood brain barrier and pathogenic mechanisms of free living amoeba.
DrJimAngSchool of Engineering and Digital ArtsKentDigital health, including design and develop new technologies which can provide treatment and (self-)management of health conditions, through effective prevention, early intervention, personalised treatment and continuous monitoring.
ProfAntonyArthurSchool of Health SciencesUEANurse-led interventions designed to improve the care of older people; The epidemiology of ageing; Mental health needs of older people
DrRobBarkerSchool of Physical SciencesKentBio-engineering and sensing, including: (a) Wearable continuous health monitoring (including body-worn blood monitoring) and real-time responsive treatment. (b) Development of non-invasive imaging technologies for rapid diagnosis. (c) Joint lubrication related to musculoskeletal issues. (d) Low-cost technologies reducing inequalities.
DrJoBartonSchool of Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise SciencesEssexUse of nature-based interventions to facilitate physical activity, enhance physical and mental health and encourage behaviour change; Connection to nature across the whole life course pathway.
ProfPeterBeresfordSchool of Health and Social CareEssexPublic participation, and the involvement and empowerment of long term users of health and social care.
DrZaraBergströmSchool of PsychologyKentThe neurocognitive mechanisms underlying episodic memory, with particular focus on memory retrieval control, forgetting, and memory distortions.
DrStellaBolakiSchool of EnglishKentNarratives of illness and disability
DrCaraBookerInstitute for Social and Economic Research (ISER)EssexPsychosocial determinants and risk factors of health across the life-course
Social inequalities in health-related behaviours and wellbeing among adolescents
Social media interaction and adolescent and young adult wellbeing
Emerging inequalitiees
Parental relationships and child wellbeing
DrMagdaBorkowskaISEREssexMy main research interests include: ethnicity and migration; political behaviour and attitudes; civil society; socioeconomic inequalities; and social cohesion. I am particularly interested in the life-course perspective and often work with longitudinal data. I am also interested in survey data quality and new types of social research data.
DrNadiaBrookesCentre for Health Services StudiesKentCo-production Theme Lead and Public Involvement Strategic Lead, NIHR Applied Research Collaboration Kent Surrey & Sussex.
ProfPhillip CannellSchool of Health and Social CareEssexOral health care and dementia
DrRebeccaCassidyCentre for Health Services StudiesKentQualitative research, patient-experience, long-term medication use, adherence, stigma, health systems, inequalities, HIV/AIDS.
ProfAnnaCauteSchool of Health and Social CareEssexGesture and the use of technology in aphasia therapy
DrNicholasCooperDepartment of PsychologyEssexCumulative effects of stress across the lifespan on cognitive ageing: cortical (EEG, TMS) and behavioural (memory, executive control) measures; novel interventions for stress-related pathologies.
ProfSimonCoultonCentre for Health Services StudiesKentMental health and psychosocial interventions to elicit behavior change with a focus on alcohol and substance use. Currently undertaking large scale randomized controlled trials of interventions for alcohol use across a variety of populations such as adolescents, adults, older people and settings, primary care, emergency departments, community services, schools and criminal justice.
DrCamilleCroninSchool of Health and Social CareEssexLifelong learning, education and pedagogy, workplace learning, workforce issues related to skill mix and recruitment and retention, dementia and culture, oral health (community and acute hospital) and supporting learning in the workplace.
DrRobinDartonPersonal Social Services Research UnitKentHas a background in psychology and statistics, and has worked on a range of research projects concerning health and social services provision for older people, including several major surveys of care homes.
DrGlenDavisonSchool of Sport and Exercise SciencesKentEffects of exercise (and lifestyle) on immune function, infection risk, and responses to vaccination/vaccination efficacy (e.g. influenza) across the lifespan
DrRobertde VriesSchool of Social Policy, Sociology and Social ResearchKentHe has previously conducted research into the effects of income inequality on health and personality and on the social determinants of health among older people.
Dr JohnDickinsonSchool of Sport and Exercise SciencesKentLung function deteriorates as we age and the incidence of COPD. I am interested in investigations in maintaining respiratory health through the lifespan. This could involve investigating the interaction between exercise, environment and life style on lung health and changes in breathing patterns.
DrMarinaEzcurra School of BiosciencesKentThe biology of ageing: how ageing and age-related diseases can be the result of run-on of wildtype gene function rather than stochastic molecular damage.
ProfMoragFarquharSchool of Health SciencesUEABreathlessness in advanced disease, palliative care, informal carers, older people, and methodology – particularly the development and testing of interventions and mixed methods.
ProfHeather FergusonSchool of PsychologyKentThe interface between cognitive processes and social interaction, specifically the way that we access and represent other people's perspectives during communication. Currently holds a European Research Council Starting grant to examine the cognitive basis of social communication and how this changes across the life-span.
ProfLindsayForbesCentre for Health Services StudiesKentDesign and evaluation of primary care services, and systems to build evidence of what works to improve the health of the public. Previously researched pathways to care in cancer and led the evaluation of a unique health professional-delivered intervention to promote early presentation of breast cancer.
ProfJulienForderPersonal Social Services Research UnitKentDirector of PSSRU. Interest in healthcare, social care and related areas of health policy.
DrEricaGadbsyCentre for Health Services StudiesKentHealth systems, policy making and implementation processes, evidence-informed decision making, international public health, and health improvement/health promotion.
DrHelge GillmeisterDepartment of PsychologyEssexBody and self representations across the lifespan; social connectedness through touch; tactile and visual perception; EEG/ERPs, neurostimulation, psychophysical and survey methods
DrValerieGladwellCentre for Sports & Exercise ScienceEssexPhysical activity for health and wellbeing with a particular interest in workplace wellbeing; "Green Exercise" and how the environment shapes behaviour and how it can alter wellbeing outcomes.
ProfGillGreenSchool of Health and Social CareEssexThe psychosocial impact of HIV and other chronic illnesses, barriers to accessing care in areas with high levels of community violence, analysis of end of life blogs, public participation and the co-production of knowledge
DrMurrayGriffinSchool of Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise SciencesEssexGreen exercise, evaluating the use of music in the treatment of dementia
DrJurgen GrotzSchool of Health SciencesUEAParticipative approaches and public engagement, working across the academic, public and voluntary and community sectors
ProfEmilyGrundyInstitute for Social and Economic Research (ISER)EssexDirector of ISER. Families, households and kin and social networks in later life, especially in relationship to health, associations between family life courses and health and well-being at older ages, and trends and differentials in later life health, disability and mortality
ProfRuthHancockNorwich Medical SchoolUEAEconomic, health and social policy implications of individual and population ageing with a particular focus on financial provision for later life and provision for long-term care needs.
DrWendyHardemanSchool of Health SciencesUEAThe development and (trial) evaluation of behaviour change interventions to prevent and manage long-term conditions, in particular the promotion of physical activity and supporting medication taking.
DrLeeHooperNorwich Medical SchoolUEANutrition and hydration of older people
ProfMichaelHornbergerNorwich Medical SchoolUEAimproving diagnosis, disease progression tracking and symptom management in dementia.
DrSarahHothamCentre for Health Services StudiesKentHealth psychology and behavioural medicine in public health, with a focus on obesity and physical activity
ProfAndyJonesNorwich Medical SchoolUEAEnvironmental influences on population health, and the relationship between access to health services amongst rural populations and health outcomes.
DrSueKegerris Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic StudiesEssexRecent design of degree programme around ageing.
ProfSallyKendallCentre for Health Services StudiesKentPatient and public experience of health and health care in the community, public health in relation to children and families and implementation and application of health policy into practice.
DrMary KennedySchool of Health and Social CareEssexDementia and narratives, Evaluation of Communities 360 Dementia Friendly Projects; Patient Outcomes Project for Alzheimer's UK
DrAnneKillettSchool of Health SciencesUEARespectful care of older people, including participative or collaborative approaches to research and the organisational arrangements of care of older people using this approach. Also mental wellbeing of children and young people.
CarolineLiSchool of Computing KentSignal processing and its applications in body sensors, including: EEG-based biomarker discovery for brain diseases, neurofeedback applications for medical and sport applications and brain computer interface.
ProfPeterLloyd-SherlockSchool of International DevelopmentUEASocial protection, health and the wellbeing of older people in developing countries; economic and social effects of non-communicable diseases, such as stroke, heart disease and Alzheimer’s Disease.
DrVanessaLoaizaDepartment of PsychologyEssexMemory and complex cognition across the adult lifespan
DrJulie MacInnesCentre for Health Services StudiesKentEvaluating interventions to support older people with long-term health and social care needs, and the psychological aspects of health and behaviour, notably the influence of beliefs on self-care behaviour in long-term conditions.
ProfWayneMartinSchool of Philosophy and Art HistoryEssexDirector of The Essex Autonomy Project, a research and public policy initiative which aims to clarify the ideal of self-determination, with particular attention to the vocations of care (healthcare, eldercare, psychiatric care, etc.)
DrAndrewMartinSchool of PsychologyKentPsychosis-related conditions in terms of underlying cognition, and improving existing and novel treatment options. Also how cognition changes across the healthy lifespan and in disorders of ageing.
Dr LexMaugerSchool of Sport and Exercise SciencesKentInteraction between pain, fatigue and exercise, how this changes with ageing and what strategies can be employed to maintain/increase exercise behaviour to reduce/avoid pain as we age.
DrKarenMcCullaghSchool of LawUEASpecialises in freedom of information law, with knowledge and experience of environmental information regulations
ProfKlausMcDonald-MaierSchool of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering (CSEE)EssexEmbedded systems for rehabilitation and assisted living
ProfSabineMichalowskiSchool of LawEssexEnd-of-life decision-making, in particular the controversial issue of assisted dying. She is currently exploring the human rights implications of the partial legalisation of assisted dying.
DrRasaMikelyteCentre for Health Services StudiesKentDementia care and policy, in particular improving mealtimes for people with dementia, their relatives and staff in NHS Continuing Care facilities. Also micro-cultures in long-term care, mental health in later life, as well as sexuality and gender diversity in later life.
ProfAlisounMilneSchool of Social Policy, Sociology and Social ResearchKentSocial work with older people and their families; mental health in later life; family caring; and long term care. Currently exploring innovative social work practice with older people and is a member of the NIHR-funded Adult Social Care Research Unit research team.
ProfAnn-MarieMinihaneNorwich Medical SchoolUEANutrigenetics, n-3 fatty acids and cardio-metabolic health, with a focus on plasma lipids, and vascular and hepatic function, cognition and Alzheimer’s disease, aetiology of APOE4 genotype-chronic disease associations, determinants of flavonoid metabolism.
DrEneidaMisoshiSchool of Health SciencesUEAthe complex interactions of brain changes, functional dependence, and family context in dementia and motor neurone disease, in a novel applied approach in neurodegeneration.
DrBridgetNg’ anduSchool of Social Policy, Sociology and Social ResearchKentWorking with children and families, specifically issues around child sexual exploitation and race, safeguarding and unaccompanied asylum seekers, social work activism, alternative ways of social work practice, social work diversity and international social work practice. BAME Staff Network Co-Chair.'
ProfMariaO'ConnellSchool of PharmacyUEANatural products and age-related diseases
New targets for Inflammation and mechanisms of action
Novel therapeutics for cancer
ProfSilkePaulmannDepartment of PsychologyEssexSocial language processing in normal and special populations (e.g., bilinguals, brain damaged, ageing)
ProfStephenPeckhamCentre for Health Services StudiesKentDirector of CHSS. Policy analysis and health services research, particularly the way services are organized and delivered, and the development, implementation and ethical impact of health policy. Has focused on the organization of primary care and its role in commissioning healthcare.
ProfFionaPolandSchool of Health SciencesUEAQualitative research relating to structures and resources which can promote action and independence in community settings, particularly involving older people. Recent work in social capital and health; community-based assessment of health needs; volunteer befriending for carers of people with dementia; community based rehabilitation; community support for people with chronic illness; evidence-building in community-based rehabilitation.
DrCharalampos (Babis)RallisSchool of Life SciencesEssexApproaches in fission yeast and 2D/3D human tissue culture systems (fibroblasts, neural stem cells and neuroblastoma-derived human neurons) to investigate the molecular basis of cellular fitness, cancer and ageing with a focus on the nutrient-responsive signalling pathway Target of Rapamycin (TOR).
DrStacey RandPersonal Social Services Research UnitKentQuality of life outcomes of social care, especially in relation to family or friend carers, and also the translation and cross-cultural adaptation of ASCOT.
DrStephanieRossitSchool of PsychologyUEAThe overarching goal of her research program is to: 1) investigate how the brain supports perception, action and attention; 2) investigate how these processes are affected by aging and brain disease; and 3) develop and test novel ‘complex interventions’ for cognitive rehabilitation.
Dr EiriniSalonikiCentre for Health Services StudiesKentApplied microecometrics, economics of disability, economics of discrimination and health economics.
DrBrandonShawSchool of Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences (SRES)EssexExercise science/physical activity and the prevention and rehabilitation of Non-Communicable Diseases.
DrBarboraSilarovaPersonal Social Services Research UnitKenthow we can use digital tools to support people to have a healthy lifestyle in order to decrease their risk of getting cardiovascular disease, cancer and dementia.
DrNickSmithPersonal Social Services Research UnitKentASCOT and care homes.
DrEwenSpeedSchool of Health and Social CareEssexHealth policy, particularly in the context of the NHS; critical approaches to understanding engagement and involvement in healthcare, and to psychology and psychiatry.
ProfNicholasSteelNorwich Medical SchoolUEAImproving the quality, safety and equity of health care, particularly for older people with long term conditions.
DrSianStevensonSchool of ArtsKentCreative Director of Moving Memory Dance Theatre Company, whose work is underpinned by research that focused on the creation and promotion of a distinctive, movement-based, peer-led, collaborative, creative practice which enables people (especially women aged 50+) to tell their own stories and express their individual identity.
DrHannahSwiftSchool of PsychologyKentAgeism, attitudes to age, age-friendly and dementia-friendly communities, workplaces and design, prejudice, discrimination, equality, unconscious bias, intergenerational contact, nudging, diversity and arts based interventions.
DrAnn-MarieTowersCentre for Health Services StudiesKentUse of qualitative methods, such as observations, supported interviewing techniques and forms of adapted communication, to try and ascertain the views and experiences of care home residents and people with cognitive and communication difficulties.
DrJenniferTulletSchool of BiosciencesKentAgeing biology, transcriptional regulation and C. elegans genetics
ProfFreyaVassSchool of ArtsKentSocial dancing as serious leisure among the "oldest old" in the Kent region, including issues of community maintenance, wellbeing/"successful aging", self-esteem, mobility, and cultural heritage. Also head of Kent Embodied Research Collective (
DrDavidVauzourNorwich Medical SchoolUEAnovel dietary or therapeutic strategies to delay brain ageing, cognitive decline and cardiovascular disease, including stroke and vascular dementia and involves the fields of oxidative stress, free radical biochemistry, neurodegeneration and the health effects of dietary polyphenols, such as flavonoids.
ProfSarahVickerstaffSchool of Social Policy, Sociology and Social ResearchKentChanges to the relationship between paid work and the life course, in particular at the beginning and end of working life. Recent work on older workers and retirement, and internalised and gendered ageism and disableism and its consequences for labour market participation of older workers.
ProfAilsaWelchNorwich Medical SchoolUEAThe protective factors in diet for musculoskeletal health (sarcopenia, loss of skeletal muscle mass and function with age), osteoporosis and fracture risk.
DrMarkWilliamsSchool of Biological SciencesUEAHow age-related molecular damage and inherited genetic defects pre-dispose the intestinal epithelium to the onset of gastrointestinal disease.
DrPatriciaWilsonCentre for Health Services StudiesKentInvolving people in their care at self-management level; has now extended to the field of patient and public involvement (PPI) within NHS structures and health research.
DrSamWinterSchool of Sport and Exercise SciencesKentMechanical modelling of muscle and tendon in order to understand principles of movement, and the application of biomechanical principles to reduce the harm from falls in older adults.
DrAaronWyllieSchool of Health and Social CareEssexCritical approaches to the policy discourse of ageing, using participatory methods for giving voice to diverse experiences of later life
DrWenjing ZhangCentre for Health Services StudiesKentStraddling the fields of social gerontology and public policy implementation, the adaption and extension of concepts developed in a Western context to the study of East Asian policy implementation.