Dr Karen Watchman

Senior Lecturer

Health Sciences Stirling E21 Pathfoot, University of Stirling

Dr Karen Watchman

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About me

Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport and Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

I have experience of managing projects and leading teams at Higher Education Institutions and third sector organisations (ILM Level 5 Leadership). As a line manager within the Faculty I support the development of staff leading and working on the undergraduate BSc Adult and Mental Health nursing programmes.

My academic background is in social science, with a practice background in social care where I spent many years as Chief Executive of Down's Syndrome Scotland.

With a strong focus on knowledge exchange and making complex information more accessible, I developed and deliver a one-day practice development course focusing on post-diagnostic support for people with intellectual disability and dementia. I also provide consultancy within the UK and Ireland to support an ageing population of people with an intellectual disability within social care settings.


National Dementia Care Awards UK: best dementia training initiative - Post diagnostic support for people with a learning disability and dementia


Health and Social Care Alliance Self Management Resource of the Year - Jenny's Diary
Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland


Mental health nursing forum award - Grace Notes
Mental Health Nursing Forum Scotland


Alzheimer's Society UK Dementia research leaders award for use of research evidence with marginalised groups
Alzheimer's Society


Senior Fellow of Higher Education Academy
Higher Education Academy


PGC Digital education (e-learning)

PhD Intellectual disability and dementia
University of Edinburgh

MSc Dementia Studies
University of Stirling

PGC Youth work and community education
Jordanhill Teacher Training College

BA Jt Hons Sociology and social policy
University of Stirling

Event / Presentation

Ardgowan Hospice, Hope for Home Dementia Conference (invited keynote)

Dementia and intellectual disability - Valuing the perspectives of people with intellectual disability. 28th Alzheimer Europe Conference, Barcelona (invited keynote)
Alzheimer Europe


Football-focused reminiscence in dementia care: Impact on quality of life. 10th International Dementia Conference, Ireland (invited keynote)
Sonas apc

Jointly facing the challenges of dementia in adults with intellectual disability / Successful Ageing for People with Intellectual disabilities, University of Tainan & Children Are Us Foundation, Taiwan (invited keynote)
Children Are Us Foundation

Intellectual Disability and Dementia: Critical Issues for Families and Carers / Towards an Ageing Society: Inclusive Living for people with Intellectual Disabilities, Caritas, Hong Kong (invited keynote)


MSc Nursing: Dementia Care, University of Limerick
University of Limerick, Ireland

MSc Applied Dementia Studies, University of Bournemouth

Other Academic Activities

International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disability (IASSIDD) – Down syndrome research group secretary and treasurer elect.

Executive committee member (elected) of Scottish Dementia Research Consortium

Editorial board member - British Journal of Learning Disabilities
British Institute for Learning Disabilities

Committee member (invited) of Alzheimer Europe working group on ethics in dementia research

Supervision of Research Assistants

Kate Mattheys

Heather Strachan