Professor Bob Woods (Bangor)
Bob Woods studied Experimental Psychology at the University of Cambridge, before qualifying as a clinical psychologist at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 1975. He then worked for several years in the NHS in Newcastle, as a clinical psychologist with older people. There he established groups for carers with Age Concern, as well as developing therapeutic approaches for people with dementia. In 1980, he moved to London, combining extensive clinical work with older people at the Bethlem Royal and Maudsley Hospitals with an academic appointment at the Institute of Psychiatry, London. He worked with the Alzheimer’s Society to develop information for family carers, and undertook a number of research projects on family care-giving, as well as developing new services. In 1992, he moved to University College London, where he continued to be heavily involved in training clinical psychologists in work with older people, as well as in service developments in the NHS and in research on caregiving. He has published widely, from research papers on dementia care and on depression in older people to books for family carers and training packages. He was appointed to the first Chair in Clinical Psychology with Older People in the U.K., at Bangor University in 1996, and continues to work clinically in an NHS Memory Clinic. He is Co-Director of the Dementia Services Development Centre Wales, Director of the Centre for Social Policy Research & Development and a member of the Medical & Scientific Advisory Panels of the Alzheimer’s Society and Alzheimer’s Disease International. Recent research has focused on caring relationships and the evaluation of interventions designed to assist carers.