Brian Lawlor is a professor of old age psychiatry at Trinity College Dublin, and deputy executive director of the Global Brain Health Institute. He is a geriatric psychiatrist with an interest in dementia, late-life depression, loneliness and brain health. Brian has worked for over 30 years on developing services and delivering care to people with dementia. His research interests range from early detection and prevention to evaluating new treatments for dementia.
Words of Strength
Care and caring matters
To decrease the scale and impact of dementia, we need to develop effective policies and interventions that improve the quality of care for people with dementia and reduce caregiver burden experienced by informal caregivers.
Brian is working with different stakeholders, agencies and research groups to understand how we might reduce the risk of developing dementia in people at risk and how we can address the determinants of caregiver burden, particularly the impact of loneliness and behavioural and psychological symptoms. The overarching aim of his work is to develop effective strategies and policies that can improve the wellbeing and quality of life of people with dementia and of their informal caregivers.
By developing polices and interventions to improve the health and wellbeing of people with dementia and of their caregivers, we can help the person to live well with dementia and support their ongoing care in the community.
Brian graduated from University College Dublin Medical School and received his internal medicine training in Dublin. He then completed a psychiatry residency at University of Florida, Gainesville and a fellowship in geriatric psychopharmacology at the National Institute of Mental Health at Bethesda Maryland. After completing his fellowship, he was appointed Chief of Psychogeriatrics at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York after which he returned to Ireland as a Consultant Psychiatrist at St. James's Hospital and Trinity College Dublin.