Dr. Claire Burley

Research Fellow

PhD, MSc, BSc

About Dr. Claire Burley

Dr Burley is a DCRC Research Fellow based in the Department of Psychiatry, University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney. She has a background in Psychology (BSc), Clinical Neuroscience (MSc) and Neurophysiology and Psychology (PhD).

Claire has previous experience working in similar collaborative dementia research settings at the University of Oxford and Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust. Claire has also worked in both clinical and research roles in care home, hospital, and community settings. She undertook her training in the UK and moved to Sydney in 2019.

Key Interests

Dr Burley is interested in healthy ageing, measures of brain health (e.g. MRI and Doppler imaging, neuropsychiatric, cognitive, and quality of life), changed behaviours, psychological symptoms, dementia risk factors, and improving care for people living with dementia, using person-centred, nonpharmacological approaches. She is particularly interested in better understanding how nonpharmacological approaches improve brain health and developing multicomponent approaches that are embedded within societies, ultimately leading to better quality of life for people living with dementia, on a large scale and in all settings.

Claire’s research group is focusing on assessment and better care for people living with dementia, including better understanding changing behaviours and psychological symptoms associated with dementia. Her group are investigating the implementation of evidence-based approaches towards reducing behaviours and symptoms in aged care facilities, hospitals and the community. They are particularly interested in psychosocial approaches involving person-centred care. These include models of care, education and training, therapeutic approaches, physical activity, cognitive stimulation, music-based and multicomponent approaches. They are also undertaking qualitative research to find out the views and concerns of people living with dementia. Her group are also working on updating clinical practice guidelines and improving their dissemination and uptake.

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