Clare is a research assistant at the University of Edinburgh working as a psychometric rater across various studies at Edinburgh Dementia Prevention. She conducts cognitive assessments with healthy volunteers at varying risks of developing dementia and those living with neurodegenerative disease. Clare gained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a Master of Science in Clinical Health Psychology at the University of Strathclyde whilst working as a health care assistant in both community and hospital settings. Before starting with Edinburgh Dementia Prevention, she worked in continuing care of the elderly and dementia assessment wards, which sparked her interest in dementia prevention research. In addition, Clare co-ordinates the participant panel for the PREVENT dementia research study in Edinburgh. She works in collaboration with the panel members to ensure the opinions of the participants guide the future directions of research programme.
Clare Dolan and Sarah Gregory summarise a recent systematic review on the effectiveness of dog therapy for people living with dementia, which suggests that animal assisted therapy may be a useful complementary treatment to help with the behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia.[read the full story...]