We are researchers from seven UK Universities

Brighton & Sussex Medical School

Sube BanerjeeProfessor Sube Banerjee, Principal Investigator

Sube Banerjee is Professor of Dementia and Associate Dean at Brighton and Sussex Medical School, directing its Centre for Dementia Studies. Clinically he works as an old age psychiatrist. He was trained at St Thomas’, Guy’s and the Maudsley Hospitals. Before joining BSMS in 2012 he was the Professor of Mental Health and Ageing at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London. He served as the UK Department of Health’s senior professional advisor on dementia leading the development of its National Dementia Strategy.

Sube is active in health system development and works with industry and governments on health systems, policy and strategies to improve health for older adults with complex needs and those with dementia. An active researcher, he focusses on quality of life in dementia, evaluation of new treatments and services, and the interface between policy, research and practice. He has been awarded national and international awards for work in policy and research in dementia.

University of Sussex

See Dr. Miles’ staff profile on the University of Sussex website.

Dr Rotem Perach, Research Fellow

Dr Rotem Perach is social and health psychology researcher. His areas of expertise include older persons, health behaviours, sleep, and wellbeing. After earning his PhD in psychology from the University of Kent, he worked as a postdoctoral researcher and teaching fellow in Goldsmiths, University of London. Currently, he is a research fellow in psychology at the University of Sussex.

Doctoral researcher in the School of Psychology under the supervision of Eleanor Miles and Rotem Perach. Working in conjunction with the DETERMIND project, my research aims to identify, and develop our understanding, of factors that affect wellbeing outcomes for people living with dementia. My primary focus is to look at how emotion regulation strategies of caregivers impact care recipient’s experiences and autonomy.

London School of Economics & Political Sciences

Martin KnappProfessor Martin Knapp, Co-investigator

Martin Knapp is Professor of Health and Social Care Policy in the Department of Health Policy, and Professorial Fellow in the Care Policy and Evaluation Centre (CPEC) at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). He has also been Director of the NIHR School for Social Care Research since 2009. Martin has been working for many years in the fields of long-term care, social care, and mental health policy and practice. His current research emphases are primarily dementia, child and adult mental health, autism and long-term social care. Much of his work has an economic focus, and in all of it he seeks to tease out the policy and practice implications. He has published almost 600 peer-review journal papers and 15 books. His work has had numerous impacts on policy and practice in these areas. See Prof. Knapp’s staff profile on the LSE website.

Josie DixonMs Josie Dixon, Co-investigator

Josie Dixon is an Assistant Professorial Research Fellow at CPEC, LSE. She leads a range of research with a focus on ageing, health and social care, dementia, end of life care, advance care planning and inequalities. Primarily a qualitative research specialist, she is statistically-trained and works across methods, with particular interest and expertise in the design and evaluation of complex interventions. // She is also lead investigator for PrepareD, a 5-year study funded by the Alzheimer’s Society and linked to the DETERMIND study, which aims to understand how support for people with dementia and their carers to prepare for advanced illness and end of life can be improved. // In previous roles, Josie has directed Government- and nationally-commissioned qualitative and mixed method research projects (up to £3 million) and worked with local leaders to improve services (through consultancy, research, value for money work and inspection). She holds an MSc Social Research Methods, LSE (Distinction) and BSc Economics and Government, LSE (First Class).

King's College London

Newcastle University

Professor Dame Louise Robinson

Professor Dame Louise Robinson, Co-investigator

Professor Dame Louise Robinson, Director of the Newcastle University Institute for Ageing, is an academic GP and Professor of Primary Care and Ageing at Newcastle University.  She was the first GP to be awarded a prestigious NIHR Professorship.  Professor Robinson also holds the first UK Regius Professorship in Ageing.  Louise leads a research programme focused on improving quality of life and quality of care for older people, especially those with dementia.  She leads 1 of only 3 Alzheimer Society national Centres of Excellence on Dementia Care.  Louise was primary care lead for the Prime Minister’s Dementia Challenge and is a member of the National Dementia Care Guidelines development group.

Prof. Alan ThomasProfessor Alan Thomas, Co-investigator

Alan Thomas is Professor of Old Age Psychiatry at Newcastle University, Consultant in Old Age Psychiatry at Gateshead Trust where he is Medical Lead for our Memory Service and Director of the national Brains for Dementia Research Programme. Over the last 20 years he has been Chief Investigator and Principal Investigator on many research studies in dementia and depression.

University of York

Yvonne BirksProfessor Yvonne Birks, Co-investigator

Professor Yvonne Birks is co-leading Workstream 4 of DETERMIND with Dr Kate Baxter. Workstream 4 aims to investigate the experiences of people living with dementia and their carers as self-funders of care. Yvonne is the national deputy director for the NIHR School for Social Care Research and the York lead for SSCR. Following a ten year career in nursing she worked on a number of health services research projects moving to the Social Policy Research Unit in 3013 to concentrate on a portfolio of work around older people. Yvonne works across a number of areas in older people’s social care including choice and control, care funding, delayed transfers of care, and quality and safety. She is part of the newly announced NIHR Applied health Collaboration in Yorkshire and Humber in the frailty theme and works on two NIHR Policy Research Units based at York.

Dr Kate BaxterDr Kate Baxter, Co-Investigator
Dr Kate Baxter is co-leading Workstream 4 of DETERMIND with Professor Yvonne Birks. Workstream 4 aims to investigate the experiences of people living with dementia and their carers as self-funders of care. Kate is a Senior Research Fellow in the Social Policy Research Unit at the University of York. She has substantial experience in health and social care research. Since joining SPRU in 2005 she has undertaken predominantly qualitative research and led projects about social care for working age and older people, with a focus on personal budgets, choice, home care markets and self-funders. Kate is a Senior Fellow of the NIHR School for Social Care Research.

Kate Gridley, Research Worker

Kate Gidley has a background in community involvement and public health and now works as a qualitative researcher at the University of York’s Social Policy Research Unit. She has a particular interest in research involving people with dementia and their carers, and has led and worked on several studies in this area including an evaluation of life story work with people with dementia and a study of specialist nursing services for carers of people with dementia.  Kate will be working on Workstream 4 of DETERMIND with Dr Kate Baxter and Professor Yvonne Birks. She will also be undertaking a PhD attached to DETERMIND looking at the experiences of people with dementia when they complete standardised questionnaires.

Natalie is a former social worker with experience in adult community, hospital and learning disability settings. She is currently undertaking a PhD in the department of Social Work and Social Policy at the University of York, under the supervision of Professor Yvonne Birks and Dr Kate Baxter. Natalie is using a mixed-methods approach to look specifically at the experiences of self-funders and how intergenerational dynamics within the families of people with dementia affect the journey through the social care system. 

Natalie Leworthy – University of York

Cambridge University