Sarah Kate Smith BSc Psychology, MBPsS

Smith

School of Health and Related Research
Rehabilitation and Assistive Technologies (Health Services Research)
The University of Sheffield
Regent Court
30 Regent Street
Sheffield
S1 4DA

Email : sarah.kate.smith@sheffield.ac.uk

Biography

I received a First Class Honours in Psychology from The Open University in 2011 and embarked on my PhD in October of the same year in the School of Health and Related Research, University of Sheffield. My PhD was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) White Rose University Consortium. My research interests are concerned with exploiting digital technologies with people living with dementia, in particular technologies that are known to be under-used by older adults. My PhD therefore explored the potential of contemporary touch-screen technologies in the promotion of enjoyable social and leisure activity with people with dementia that live in the community.

I recently joined the CATCH team at the end of 2014 after completing my PhD in the Health Services Research section of ScHaRR. My main focus of interest remains firmly within the topic of Dementia, specifically in the creation of opportunities for people living with the condition to socially connect using contemporary ICT’

Research Interests

My research interests are concerned with increasing the health and well-being of older adults, specifically those with early-stage dementia.

PhD Thesis

My PhD will focus on exploiting digital technologies with people with dementia, in particular technologies that are known to be under-used by older adults. The aim is to increase the use of technology that may promote achievement, enjoyment and meaningful interactions.
I am funded by the White Rose ESRC Doctoral Training Centre Network – ‘Social inclusion of older people with dementia: processes, approaches and methods’.