Louise has worked in the field of dementia studies in both practice and academia for over fifteen years, starting her career as a care worker in residential homes for older people. Louise has been a lecturer in Dementia Studies within the School of Applied Social Science since 2005 and was part of the team that developed the first online MSc in Dementia Studies programme, which celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2013. Louise is currently the programme lead for the School's undergraduate and postgraduate education in Dementia Studies. In addition, Louise has an active research career and has been involved with many research and evaluation projects focused on improving the lives of people with dementia and their carers.
Louise's research interests lie within the fields of dementia studies and gerontology and focus on improving the lives of people with dementia and their carers through research that engages directly with individuals. To date her work has included research on social policy and services for people with dementia; policy and service issues for people with alcohol related dementia; comparative studies of day services; the impact of physical activity, the use of assistive technology and the experiences of frontline health and social care staff. Her core interests are about culture and lifestyle; exploring how different factors influence development and individual experiences of dementia.