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Dr Emma Wolverson


Emma Wolverson

Reader in Ageing and Dementia. Research Lead for Dementia UK.

Biography Emma Wolverson is a Clinical Psychologist and Reader in Ageing and Dementia within the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Hull. She is Research Lead for Dementia UK. Emma is a member of the British Psychological Society and a registered practitioner with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

In 2018, Emma was awarded the Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Research Leaders award for Outstanding Early Career Contribution to Dementia Research. She is a member of the multi-disciplinary international research group INTERDEM, a peer reviewer for the World Health Organizations Global Dementia Observatory Knowledge Exchange Platform and a Clinical Policy Advisor for Alzheimer’s Research UK.

Emma has over 17 years’ experience of working in the NHS with people living with dementia and uses her clinical experience to guide evidence based practice and to deliver research that explores issues that matter for people with dementia, their families and healthcare professionals.

As a clinical academic, Emma’s body of work is focused on delivering clinical innovation and seeks to bring meaningful changes to current practices. Emma’s research programme responds to the urgent need to improve post-diagnostic support for people with dementia and their families. Emma is particularly interested in times when people and families need greater support, such as during a mental health crisis or as a person reaches the end of their life.

Emma is a co-investigator on a number of NIHR funded studies within mental health services, social care and community settings. Her research portfolio includes studies examining:

• The mental health care needs of people with dementia and their families
• The provision of psychosocial interventions to improve wellbeing and enhance enjoyment for people with dementia and their families
• The application of positive psychology interventions and outcome measures to dementia care

Her projects employ a wide range of research methodologies and Emma has particular skills in stakeholder engagement and qualitative research methods. A key focus of Emma’s research is to empower people with dementia in their carers to become partners in research and she is Chair of two patient and public involvement groups for people with dementia and their carers.
Research Interests Current funded research projects:

2022-2024 - Post-Diagnostic Dementia Support within the ReCOVERY College Model: A Realist Evaluation (DiSCOVERY). NIHR HSDR.
Role: Stakeholder collaboration and qualitative research expertise, co-lead work package on the development and delivery of a national online survey.

2022-2024 - The Cognitive Daisy (COG-D) for improving care of residents with dementia in care homes: A feasibility RCT. NIHR RfPB.
Role: Co-ordinate and lead patient and public involvement.

2021-2023- Implementation of evidence-based cost-effective training for care home staff to improve wellbeing and mental health for care home residents with dementia and reduce unnecessary sedative medications: WHELD into Practice. NIHR-ARC (Healthy Ageing, Dementia & Frailty).
Role: lead recruitment of care homes in Yorkshire and Humber and support dissemination.

2019-2023 “Let’s have fun learning from each other”: Empowering people living with dementia to take the lead through person-led, creative engagement. The Ideas Fund (Wellcome/British Sciences Association).
Role: co-lead and support the evaluation of the project.
Teaching and Learning Emma is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She is also a member of the Higher Education Dementia Network, a national group of academics who look to improve the delivery of dementia education within higher education institutions. Emma co-designed and co-wrote the MSc Dementia programme at the University of Hull. The programme was co-created and is co-delivered by people living with dementia and their carers. This online programme has attracted students from all over the world (incl. Canada, America, Bermuda and Australia) and from a range of professional backgrounds. The programmes most highly rated module is a module of Dying Well with Dementia and was co-created with Dove House Hospice in Hull.

Emma also delivers education on the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology Programme at Hull.
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