Sarah Fox, PhD

Public Involvement & Engagement Practitioner

We need all voices at the table and an appreciation of the nuanced learning each perspective brings.

Current Work

Sarah is a public involvement and engagement practitioner. She works with people living with dementia and their friends and families to empower them to play an active role in shaping research and policy.

Personal Hero

My Nanny Blue

Words of Strength

Collaborative, innovative, creative, driven


Sarah believes we must create a shared space where the worlds of academia, clinical practice and public understanding can constructively intermesh. To achieve this, we need all voices at the table and an appreciation of the nuanced learning each perspective brings.


As a public involvement specialist with an academic background, Sarah is uniquely placed to bridge the gap between the worlds of academia and public understanding. In her role, she’s been developing innovative communication methods, fostering mutual understanding, and facilitating shared learning.


As an Atlantic Fellow, Sarah hopes her experience will help spark global discourse around the benefits of patient and public involvement in research. She’s also enthusiastic about learning from other fellows and translating this learning back to her home community.


Greater Manchester is a vibrant and diverse region whose devolved healthcare powers have potential to tackle its acute health inequalities. To achieve sustainable improvement in dementia care, support and prevention, it is imperative to work alongside those living with a diagnosis.

Education & Experience

Sarah received an undergraduate master's degree in neuroscience from The University of Manchester, followed by a PhD in cognitive neuroscience and Alzheimer’s disease research. She sidestepped away from the academic pathway to follow her passions for communication and research, becoming Public Engagement and Involvement officer with the Health eResearch Centre. In her most recent role, she worked between the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership and Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust’s Dementia Research Centre to support patients in understanding, participating in, and becoming actively involved in research.

Global Brain Health Insitute (GBHI)
Atlantic Fellow for Equity in Brain Health
The University of Manchester
Cognitive neuroscience
The University of Manchester


Near FM

Voyage Around My Brain: Sarah Fox, Susanne Roehr, Berenice Werle and Francesca Farina

What is Brain Health?

November 2, 2020



 a Note

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