Laura is a brain health consultant and a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Dementia Research at Leeds Beckett University in the UK. Her work focuses on brain health equity and the promotion of inclusive policies, creative engagement and unique outputs to support awareness about brain health and improve quality of life across the lifespan- from early adulthood to older age.
Words of Strength
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.
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.
As an Atlantic Fellow, Laura has worked alongside brilliant fellows in all seven of the Atlantic Fellows programs. This international breadth has inspired her to take large, globally-focused but locally impactful innovative creative steps in my own professional research and advocacy career.
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.
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.