Cohort 
2018

Laura Booi, PhD, MA

Social Gerontologist

We can reduce the negative impact associated with dementia by embracing cognitive diversity through environmental, policy, legal, advocacy and educational endeavours.

Current Work

Laura is a research associate at Newcastle University and co-founder of World Young Leaders in Dementia. She is Leading efforts to build inclusive communities through co-producing research with people living with dementia and developing social entrepreneurial ventures to connect and support dementia-focused leaders.

Personal Hero

Tanya Talaga

Words of Strength

Outspoken listener

Vision

As a society, Laura believes we can reduce the negative impact associated with dementia by embracing cognitive diversity through environmental, policy, legal, advocacy and educational endeavours -- highlighting the importance of those with the lived experience of dementia as the true dementia experts.

Strategy

As an advocate, Laura is the co-founder of an international network focused on supporting the next generation of international multidisciplinary dementia leaders (www.wyldementia.org). As a researcher, her work focuses post-diagnostic support and engaging marginalized populations in dementia research endeavours.

Motivation

Laura's work brings together international dementia advocacy and patient-public-involvement, engaging both the next generation of dementia-focused leaders as well as marginalized, often unheard voices affected by dementia.

Education & Experience

Laura received her doctorate in gerontology from Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada. Laura received her Master of Arts in health psychology from the University of British Columbia. While completing her education Laura has worked as an outspoken advocate for global dementia issues, co-founding the World Young Leaders in Dementia (www.wyldementia.org). Laura joined Newcastle University in the spring of 2020 as a research associate with Professor Dame Louise Robinson, where her work focuses on sustainable models of post-diagnostic support and dementia.

Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada
Gerontology
PhD
University of British Columbia
Health Psychology
Master of Arts

Awards & Honors

Canadian Frailty Network Interdisciplinary Fellowship
Pilot Award for Global Brain Health Leaders
Canadian Association of Gerontology Legacy Fund Award
Mitacs Accelerate Award for Postdoctoral Research
Canadian Association of Gerontology Legacy Fund Award
German Canadian Benevolent Society of British Columbia, Award in Gerontology