Dr Karen Watchman

Health Sciences Pathfoot J11 University of Stirling Stirling FK9 4LA United Kingdom

About me

Course Director: MSc Global Issues in Gerontology and Ageing www.stir.ac.uk/ageing

Senior Fellow of Higher Education Academy

My practice background is in social care where I spent many years as Chief Executive of Down's Syndrome Scotland. Recent research has focused on ageing in people with an intellectual disability, advanced dementia care and football reminiscence with care home residents who have dementia. Development of resources such as Jenny's Diary and Supporting Derek ensure dissemination of research findings into practice.

I have developed and delicer a one-day practice development course on intellectual disability and dementia and I provide consultancy to support an ageing population of people with an intellectual disability within social care settings. In 2017, I was awarded Self Management Resource of the Year for Jenny's Diary by the Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland.

Award

  • Senior Fellow of Higher Education Academy
  • Herald Design for Diversity - finalist
  • Herald Diversity through Education - finalist
  • Health and Social Care Alliance Self Management Resource of the Year - winner
  • Mental health nursing forum award: Grace Notes
  • Scotlands dementia awards finalist: Jenny's Diary
  • Herald education awards finalist: Jenny's Diary
  • Guardian education awards finalist
  • Dementia research leaders award for use of research evidence with marginalised groups

Education

  • Digital education (e-learning)
    Type of educationCertificate
  • Dementia Studies
    Type of educationMaster's degree (Postgraduate)
  • Youth work and community education
    Type of educationCertificate
  • Sociology and social policy
    Type of educationBachelor's degree

Examining

  • Principles Underpinning Dementia Care (NS6071)
    Department of Nursing and Midwifery

Other academic activities

  • Scientific Committee for World Down Syndrome Congress, 2018
    MeritPeer review panel

Professional membership

  • International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disability (IASSIDD) – Down syndrome research group secretary and treasurer elect.
  • British Society of Gerontology Scotland committee member

Supervision of Research Assistants

  • Kate Mattheys
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