Nicole Batsch, PhD

Atlantic Fellow at GBHI
Trinity College Dublin
Professional Profile
Home Country: USA
Field of Employment: Gerontology
Key Areas: human rights, stigma, empowerment, community-based services, leadership development, non-medical interventions

I am deeply committed to the goals of reducing the stigma of dementia, encouraging the meaningful involvement of people with dementia in society, and leadership development within the community-based sector.

Nicole Batsch has 20 years’ experience in developing aging and dementia programs across many settings and disciplines, including community-based, home care, long-term care, and hospital-based services. She has served on many boards, including the American Society on Aging. In 2012, Batsch relocated from the US to England to pursue a PhD at the Institute of Gerontology, King’s College London. There, she conducted a qualitative study involving people with mild dementia to understand the meaning of empowerment after diagnosis; how empowerment relates to stigma; and how empowerment and stigma affect how people with dementia are living, coping, and navigating everyday life. Her study included the perspectives of 100 people with dementia through focus groups, as well as a data analysis of a stigma survey she and colleagues conducted for Alzheimer’s Disease International.

Currently, Batsch is a consultant with Alzheimer’s Disease International and serves as an expert advisor to several projects with the World Health Organization, Dementia Alliance International—an organization by and for people living with dementia, and Interdisciplinary Network for Dementia Using Current Technology (INDUCT)—a European training development project for new dementia researchers. She is also the technical author of the British Standard Code of Practice on the Recognition of Dementia Friendly Communities in England, facilitating a multi-stakeholder group to obtain consensus about the document.

Batsch's interests at GBHI include how people with dementia can lead more meaningful lives under human rights’ objectives, understanding cultural differences between countries in how people with dementia receive support and care, and the training and development of future leaders in dementia community-based organizations.

Bio: Nicole Batsch is a gerontologist and consultant with Alzheimer’s Disease International and expert adviser to many institutions. She received a degree in psychology from Florida State University and a PhD from King’s College London.