A multidisciplinary research group lead by Dr Michelle Kelly from the School of Psychology has recently been awarded the Cecilia Margaret Hudson Dementia Research Grant worth $50,000. This award is given to the highest ranking applicant within the Alzheimer’s Australia Dementia Research Foundation (AADRF) - Victoria category.
This 12 month grant will fund investigation into the role of social functioning in quality of life for people with dementia. This research will further be supported by a Project grant from the Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI) to examine whether the social skills impairments associated with dementia impact on quality of caregiver relationship and carer burden.
The multidisciplinary research team is based at the University of Newcastle though includes collaborations with Hunter New England Local Health District and the University of New South Wales. Dr Michelle Kelly from the School of Psychology UoN leads the team of Professor Skye McDonald UNSW, Dr Tracy Brown (Gerontologist, HNE Health), and Ms Katryna Harman (Clinical Nurse Specialist, HNE Health).
For further information about the project see: https://fightdementia.org.au/dementia-news/issue-03/exploring-the-impact-of-social-skills-on-quality-of-life-for-people-with-dementia?utm_source=Dementia+News&utm_campaign=81aca629d8-Dementia_News_03&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_846759bf70-81aca629d8-15453925&mc_cid=81aca629d8&mc_eid=3a0e6f5743
or contact Dr Kelly at Michelle.Kelly@newcastle.edu.au