My interest in research with older people began in 2003 with my postgraduate study on falls prevention. A main theme of this work has been on health promotion among older people and in particular investigating how we can best encourage people to lead physically active lifestyles. This entails the use of both the psychology of health and psychology of ageing.
I take an applied approach and bring this to my teaching with students so that they apply their knowledge to everyday life. In terms of research, this entails applying theory to everyday issues.
More recently, I have focused on the health and social care needs of people with dementia and their carers. I am a core member of the Bournemouth University Dementia Institute (BUDI) and have been since it was established in May 2012. I am now exploring how best to prevent falls and promote physical activity among older people with dementia. I am honoured to be a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Career Development Fellow from January 2016 to take this research forward.