Dr Karen Watchman has been presented with a Dementia Research Leaders award by the Alzheimer’s Society as part of their 2015 Research Leaders programme. The award includes £500 for career development and was made in recognition of outstanding use of evidence in dementia research. This acknowledges Karen’s inclusion of people with a learning disability in research and her determination that findings are appropriately disseminated using a range of accessible methods. Examples of Karen’s work include a UK-wide learning disability and dementia Train the Trainer programme and the internationally acclaimed Supporting Derek training resource. Current work includes Jenny’s Diary, an evidence based resource to support conversations about dementia with people who have a learning disability, developed in collaboration with Sam Quinn, PhD student, UWS and Professor Irene Tuffrey-Wijne, St. George’s, University of London & Kingston University.
Karen is Alzheimer Scotland Senior Lecturer in Dementia and Depute Director of the Alzheimer Scotland Centre for Policy and Practice at Hamilton campus. She is pictured receiving the award from Ann Beasley, Chair of the Alzheimer’s Society Board of Trustees at the Alzheimer ‘s Society Research Conference in Manchester on 30th June 2015.