Our experts Centre for Positive Ageing

The experts are committed to offering you a number of research directions and expertise related to the research themes of the centre.


List of our experts


Dr Liz Bacon - Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor
Experienced systems designer and developer. Her expertise and interests include affective computing, e-Health, e-learning and cybersecurity.

Tania Blackmore - Senior Lecture in Adult Nursing
She has a keen research interest and speciality in Palliative Care and End of Life Care.


Dr Karen Cleaver - Head of Department of Family Care & Mental Health
Karen's research interests are related to the health and wellbeing of young people; Karen is also the PI for a project looking at retaining the older nursing workforce.

Dr Julie Cooper - Senior Lecturer
Has extensive experience in care for older people, a specialist interest in dementia, and has expertise in action research upon which her doctorate was based.

Dr John Crowley - Senior Lecturer
His expertise lies in mental health, family work for psychosis, psychosocial interventions and family member administration of depot injections.


Dr Harry Derbyshire - Principal Lecturer in English Literature and Drama
His area of research interest and expertise includes reminiscence theatre, as a means of creating intergenerational and enhancing the experience of older people.


Dr David EvansNational Teaching Fellow and Senior Lecturer in Sexual Health 
David's teaching expertise includes matters of sex, sexualities and sexual health, for personal and social well-being, from before the "cradle to the grave".


Dr Jo FioreLecturer
Has a research expertise in sport development and participation concerning all ages.

Dr John Foster - Reader in Alcohol Policy and Mental Health Studies Department of Family Care and Mental Health
Has primary focus of interest in the link between mental health and substance use across all ages.


Jude IbePrincipal Lecturer and Programme Leader
He has research expertise and teaching interests in care home life, continuing professional development for care home staff, strategic management skills, acute and community mental health.


Dr Peter JonesUniversity Teaching Fellow and Principal Lecturer
Dr Jones' area of expertise and interest includes population ageing, extended working lives, the changing nature of work, including 'precariatisation' and computerisation, and their implications for older workers.


Dr Shaun Lundy – Interim Head of the Department of Built Environment, Academic Portfolio Leader, Occupational Safety, Health, Hygiene & Environment Programmes
He has expertise in health and safety, occupational hygiene and strong interests in the issues affecting an ageing workforce.


Dr Lachlan Mackinnon - Head of Department of Computing & Information Systems
His research expertise is in the use of computing to improve the quality of life and to develop a better informed and digitally skilled population.

Dr Christina Malamateniou - Research Lead in the Department of Family Care & Mental Health
Dr Malamateniou collaborates with staff to increase research activity and quality of publications. Her expertise lies with maternal mental health and the impact of the Arts in different health conditions.

Dr Marianne Markowski - Research Fellow
Has a specific expertise and interest in arts, co-design processes, technology and older people.

Dr Carlos Moreno-LeguizamonSenior Lecturer
His specialist areas are Health inequalities and services for Black Minority and Ethnic communities, including various health matters such as end of life, postnatal depression and palliative care.


Dr Paul Newton - Research Lead for Adult Nursing and Paramedic Science
His expertise lies with older people's experiences of health and illness, as well as the management of chronic conditions which affect older people.


Dr Omorogieva OjoSenior Lecturer in Adult Nursing
His particular lecturing and research specialism is nutrition and long term illnesses such as, Diabetes.


Dr Sandhiran Patchay - Principal Lecturer in Psychology
Has expertise in gait initiation in young and older adults and in gait disorders, falls, cognitive psychology, behavioural & cognitive neuroscience.


Morag RedfernHead of Adult Nursing and Paramedic Science Department
Focus of her expertise lies with inter-professional education, including stress and resilience in nursing.


Pam Schweitzer MBE – Honorary Research Fellow of the University
Pam, founder of Age Exchange Theatre Trust and Director of the European Reminiscence Network, is best known for her work in reminiscence theatre and its application to dementia care. 

Dr David SmithPrincipal Lecturer in Sociology
Dr Smith's main interest is in health inequalities with a particular focus on health policy, palliative and end of life care and health related issues of Gypsies Roma and Travellers.


Dr Taina Taskila - Research Fellow
Her research expertise includes occupational health, chronic conditions and quality of life as well as health inequalities in the labour market.

Dr Trevor Thompson - Senior Lecturer
His primary research area is the assessment and management of pain, and he specialises in statistics and research methods.


Dr Deborah Watkins - Principal Lecturer and Professional Lead
Her professional background is in spirituality and mental health recovery, including compassion and staff development.

Jan Webb - Principal Lecturer and Professional Lead for Child Health and Welfare; Safeguarding Lead Children; and Young People, MSc Advanced Practice Programme Leader
Has expertise in safeguarding and protecting children, young people and their families and has a specific interest in Safeguarding Across the Lifespan. 

Professor Elizabeth West – Head of Centre for Positive Ageing and Professor in Applied Social Science
Has extensive experience of research in patient outcomes and experiences, education and workforce issues, nurses' careers, and social inequality and health.

Centre for Positive Ageing is part of the Faculty of Education & Health, University of Greenwich.