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Dr Emma Richards

Research Officer, Public Health

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+44 (0) 1792 604219

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Welsh language proficiency

Intermediate Welsh Speaker
Office (CADR) - 212
Second Floor
Talbot Building
Singleton Campus
Available For Postgraduate Supervision


I currently work in the Centre for Innovative Ageing, and for the Centre for Ageing and Dementia Research, within the School of Health and Social Care, as a research officer. My current role is to identify what individuals living with dementia want in order to facilitate and support their potential to ‘Live Well with Dementia’ within Swansea Bay. The aim being to create a benchmark in order to target action points within the Dementia Action Plan for service provision across the region and the development of a strategic framework. This piece of work will form an integral part of the development of the local health board Dementia Strategy.

My PhD was looking at Characterising Vascular Cognitive Impairment (Vascular dementia) in terms of brain processing speeds. The aim was to increase our understanding of early signs and symptoms of the disease. This involved protocol development, R&D and NHS ethical approvals, testing participants on a battery of neuropsychological tests, examining neuroimaging, and statistical and qualitative analysis.

I have a Masters degree in Psychology, specialising in the brain and ageing, including non-pharmacological treatments for dementia and alcohol consumption and the risk of dementia, from the Open University. I also gained a PGCE (Post Compulsory Education and Training) whilst teaching Psychology and research methods from the University of South Wales, and  I also gained my BSc (hons) in Psychology from Swansea University.  For this I completed a research project: The effects of varying amounts of misinformation over time on children’s eyewitness testimony, and a dissertation: Alzheimer's disease: Assessment, cognitive deficits and treatment. Subject areas: Psychopharmacology, Neuropsychology, Research methods, Cognitive and Developmental Psychology.

You can read about my personal reasons for studying dementia here

Areas Of Expertise

  • Vascular Cognitive Impairment
  • Various aetiologies of dementia
  • Dementia care mapping
  • Carer stress
  • Ageing
  • Public involvement and engagement
  • Qualitative and quantitative analysis
  • Non-pharmacological treatments / approaches to dementia

Career Highlights


Previous research include cognitive functioning and ageing study, spatial reasoning in ageing study, employer’s support for employees experiencing mild to moderate psychological problems and family centered care on the Paediatric Intensive care Unit. I have worked in research for over 20 years both within academia and the NHS, using both qualitative and quantitative research methods.

Award Highlights