Ms Paula Jacobs

Research Fellow

Health Sciences Stirling Stirling

Ms Paula Jacobs

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About me

I joined the University of Stirling in 2021 as a Research Fellow to work on a two-year project exploring the experiences of couples with a learning disability when one partner has dementia.

I worked in residential care, supporting children and young people with additional support needs, for seven years before starting my PhD to explore transitions in the lives of young people and adults with severe or profound intellectual disabilities. I completed my PhD at the beginning of 2021. Previously, I have worked as a research assistant on a MRC funded study exploring the mental health of young people in care, with a focus on neurodiversity and contributed to a project with the Adoption and Fostering Alliance Scotland, looking at the disruption of adoption and permanent fostering placements.