Catherine is a researcher with a background in healthy ageing, exploring ways to support people to age well and the biopsychosocial factors influencing health. Catherine uses a variety of methods in her research including both quantitative and qualitative approaches. Her recent work investigated accessing help in later life, and the use and accessibility of health and social care services by people with cognitive impairment and dementia.
Catherine has a particular interest in memory, including understanding fundamental elements of how memory works and fails, the impact of changing memory function on individuals and society, and what can be done to help maintain memory and support those living with memory impairment. Catherine’s work explores these different elements, taking a cell to society approach, working towards a better understanding of memory and developing innovative solutions to protect memory, support people, and reduce the impact of memory loss.
Catherine is a Research Fellow with the Centre for Ageing and Dementia Research (CADR), a multi-disciplinary research centre, funded by Welsh Government through Health and Care Research Wales, which aims to improve the lives of older people through the integration of research, policy and practice. Catherine works on the Rare Dementia Support (RDS) study which looks at the impact of multicomponent support groups for those living with rare dementias.
Catherine is also a Research & Development Innovation Officer in Health & Wellbeing with the Celtic Advanced Life Science Innovation Network (CALIN), an advanced life science network connecting business, academia and healthcare with experts from leading universities across Ireland and Wales.