Since I began my research career in 2001 I have been given the opportunity to collaborate with a number of esteemed researchers and organisations worldwide. In particular, I have formed strong collaborations with researchers at the Universities of St. Andrews, Dundee, Sheffield, Reading, Bath and Toronto and stakeholders at Alzheimer Scotland, Age UK and Compassion Alzheimer, Bulgaria. Please see below for the profiles of my two main current collaborators.
Professor Arlene Astell
Professor Astell’s research is concerned with applying psychology to supporting people to live and age well. This includes the development and evaluation of novel interventions, including the creative application of technology, to early detection of change, maximizing spared abilities and minimizing impaired ones, and training caregivers about the impact of cognitive impairment on communication and relationships. Much of this work is multidisciplinary and over the past 10 years she has developed particular expertise in bringing together and managing cross-disciplinary and cross-institutional projects focused on supporting people to live and age as well as possible, including those with dementia and other conditions of ageing.
Professor Astell was the Principal Investigator on the NANA (Novel Assessment of Nutrition and Ageing; 2009-13) project funded by ESRC to develop a new holistic approach to capturing information about the diet, mood, physical and cognitive function of older adults. She also led a collaboration between the NANA team and researchers at Toronto Rehab and the University of Toronto, funded by CIHR (2009-13) looking at improving recognition of dietary intake in older adults, including those with dementia. Arlene is also the Principal Investigator of COBALT (Challenging Obstacles and Barriers to Assisted Living Technologies; 2011-14) funded by the Technology Strategy Board, which is a collaborative programme to increase understanding and interactions between older adults, health and social care staff and the ALT industry. She is also Co-Investigator on In-Touch (2011-13), funded by SIA, with researchers at Rotterdam Hogeschoole and several dementia care providers in the Netherlands to explore the potential of i-Pads for providing engaging and meaningful activities for people with moderate to severe dementia.
Professor Astell is currently Professor of Health Services Research at the University of Sheffield and holds a Research Chair in the Community Management of Dementia at the Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences.
Dr Suzanne Zeedyk
Dr. Suzanne Zeedyk is a research scientist fascinated by babies’ innate capacity to communicate.
Since 1993, she has been based at the University of Dundee within the School of Psychology. She arrived there from Yale University in the USA, where she had completed her PhD in developmental psychology.
In 2011, Dr Zeedyk set up an independent training enterprise to disseminate more widely the science of the early years. She now spends her time speaking to the public about our human need for emotional and physiological connection. She draws on her own research expertise — in areas such as parent-infant relationships, family support, communicative disorders, and the politics of science — as well as the work of many other scientists and practitioners.
She now works with organisations across the world. Her aim is to strengthen awareness of the decisions we take about caring for our children, illuminating the way in which those decisions are integrally connected to our vision for the kind of society we wish to build. It’s working! Last year, she delivered training to over 10,000 people.
During her 20-year academic career, Dr Zeedyk published over 50 papers, books, and chapters. She was proud to serve as research supervisor to students at all levels of higher education: undergraduate, masters, and PhD. In 2011, she received the DUSA Award for Most Inspirational Teacher.