Lenisa Brandao’s research experience is in communication and its relations with the cognition of older adults, with and without brain damage and dementia. Lenisa is interested in studying the relations between communication and emotion as well as the interplay between cognition and socio-emotional factors. The most innovative aspect of her work is related to the application of the arts of narrative and clowning in interventions applied to promote the enhancement and recovery of cognitive-communicative skills of older adults, with and without neurological disorders.
Lenisa believes that in her home country of Brazil, many older adults in vulnerable and disadvantaged conditions who are at risk of developing dementia or who are suffering from it do not receive special care. In particular, she feels there is a great lack of awareness about the importance of non-pharmacological interventions which can improve the quality of life of this population.
Bio: Lenisa Brandao is a Speech-Language Pathologist with a doctoral degree in Psychology which she received in Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Brazil. She was a postdoc in Lund University (Sweden) and in Universidade Nova de Lisboa (Portugal). After completing her post-doctoral studies, she joined the Health and Human Communication Department at UFRGS as a Professor in Language and Cognition. Combined with her academic career, she values continuous artistic training in storytelling and clowning.