Following the SDRC Executive Committee elections held earlier on 2019, we are delighted to have three new members. The second of our blog posts about these new members is on Dr Louise Ritchie.
Louise has been involved in dementia research in Scotland for over a decade, first as a psychology PhD student and since 2013 as a Research Fellow and then Lecturer in Dementia (Research) at the Alzheimer Scotland Centre for Policy and Practice at the University of the West of Scotland (UWS). She is a psychologist with a focus on applied psycho-social research that aims to improve the lives of people living with dementia, their families and people who care for them.
When the SDRC asked Louise about her work and her new role as SDRC Executive Committee member, she told us: “I am an aspiring and motivated researcher and I believe in the value that interdisciplinary research can bring to improving the lives of people affected by dementia in Scotland and internationally. My research expertise links directly to the Living with Dementia theme, with a focus on supporting employment and the use of psycho-social interventions for people with dementia.
I have been an active member of the SDRC since 2015 and I look forward to being able to make a valuable contribution to the Executive Committee and the ongoing development of the SDRC at this point in my career. Currently, the Executive Committee do not have an ECR representative and I believe my experiences would allow me to represent the growing number of talented early career researchers working in dementia research in Scotland.”
The SDRC Executive Committee are elected from SDRC membership annually. If you would like to know more about when these elections are, become an SDRC member