Miss Caroline Swarbrick PhD, MSc, MA, BSc (Hons)

Honorary Research Fellow

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I am a deputy lead of the Dementia and Ageing Research team (led by Prof John Keady). I am a co-investigator on a £5million ESRC/NIHR-funded Neighbourhoods and Dementia Research study and lead work programme 1, which is the overarching theme of the eight-programme study. This involves working alongside groups of people who are living with a diagnosis of dementia and supporting their involvement as co-researchers and facilitating three member-led projects. I sit on numerous advisory groups internal and external to the University. I also currently lead on several projects, including the value, purpose and meaning of day care; developing a carers support resource; and exploring the experiences of caring for someone living with dementia in Salford.

I am the book reviews editor for Dementia: the international journal of social research and practice. 



Caroline attended Salford University 1994-1997 and obtained a BSc (Hons) in Sociology (2: 1). The following year, she was awarded an MA in Peace Studies from the University of Bradford. Caroline then gained employment at the University of Manchester in the National Primary Care Research and Development Centre on the Tracker project. She later moved to the ARC Epidemiology Research unit, where her role was to co-ordinate a study exploring peak bone mass in Caucasian, Pakistani and Indian women. On completion of this study, Caroline transferred to the department of Old Age Psychiatry (which was then based at Wythenshawe Hospital) and co-ordinated a supradistrict audit of cholinesterase inhibitors. At the same time, she undertook a part-time MSc Applied Psychology course at the University of Manchester. On successful completion of the MSc, Caroline was awarded a PhD studentship exploring pain in people with dementia. This was successfully completed (Aii) in 2009 and Caroline is currently employed as a Research Fellow in the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work.


BSc (Hons) Sociology, MA Peace Studies, MSc Applied Psychology, PhD Nursing

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

Editor (Book Reviews and Educational Resources) of Dementia: The International Journal of Social Research and Practice

Member of the Athena Swan Self-Assessment Team

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms


  • Dementia

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