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, changed behaviours, psychological symptoms, dementia risk factors, and improving care for people living with dementia, using person-centred, non-pharmacological approaches. She is particularly interested in physical and cognitive activity, lifespan learning and nutrition.

Claire’s research group is focusing on assessment and better care for people living with dementia, including better understanding behaviours and psychological symptoms associated with dementia. Her group are investigating the implementation of evidence-based approaches towards reducing behaviours and symptoms in care facilities and the community. They are particularly interested in psychosocial approaches involving person-centred care (PCC).

These include models of care, education and training, therapeutic approaches, physical activity, cognitive stimulation, music-based and multicomponent approaches. Her group are also working on updating clinical practice guidelines and improving their dissemination and uptake.

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