Postgraduate Research Students




Hannah Jelley is a PhD student at Bangor University, her research project is entitled “Co-creating a resilience-building framework for people with dementia and their carers.”

This PhD studentship is funded by The Wales School for Social Care Research.

This important project uses a strengths based approach to identify positive strategies to empower people with dementia and support those caring for them when adapting to the experience of living with dementia.

Maria has a BSc (Hons) Psychology and MSc Neuroimaging from Bangor University.  She has a keen interest in implementation science to increase the use of evidence within the design and delivery of health and social services.

Maria’s research is funded by The Wales School for Social Care.  Social care legislation emphasises the importance of supporting people to achieve what matters to them; i.e. care and support must be individualised and help people to maximise their personal wellbeing. Maria’s research explores how short breaks can help support positive caring relationships and promote wellbeing for spousal carers whose partner is living with moderate to advanced dementia.

Findings will be used to support Welsh Government national priorities for carers and those they support. Practice recommendations generated from this research will support organisations across North West Wales to commission and deliver personalised short breaks and where possible to identify potential new partnerships for innovative short breaks with sectors such as hospitality, arts and leisure.

Sian Hughes is a third year PhD student at the DSDC Wales Research Centre.

Sian’s PhD project focuses on the quality of life and human rights of individuals living with dementia, in care home settings. The project explores how the quality of life and human rights of residents living with advanced dementia in care homes can be maintained and promoted. 

She is funded for three years by a Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarship, which supports collaborative research with company partners Fairways care and the Drapers.



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Bob Friedrich is an Episcopal priest from the USA working a PhD case study analysis of the Dementia Friendly Church movement in England and Wales. 

“My wife and I have loved North Wales for 20 years and are so enjoying living here while working for the Church in Wales Diocese of St. Asaph as Dementia Support Officer.”

My name is Sylva Sarafidou. I am from Greece. I have studied Psychology and Art History in my BA, Neuroscience in my MSc, and Integrative and Expressive Arts Therapy. I am now conducting my PhD Thesis entitled ‘Self and Life Quality in Dementia: An Intervention Using the Arts’.

My research is around the Greek population; thus, I am currently living in Greece. Here, I conduct private sessions and group sessions of expressive arts therapy in elderly with dementia in clinical settings and my private practice, and I am teaching courses and seminars around Psychology at an Institute of Professional Development.

In my spare time I experiment with the arts (writing mainly, but also music and painting) and enjoy art- related activities (such as the theatre) and sports.

Carter is from Nigeria and is studying Ageing and Dementia.