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.
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.
- Special Interest Groups – Changed behaviours and psychological symptoms associated with dementia
- Biopsychosocial mechanisms of disinhibited behaviours in dementia and a systematic review of management approaches
- Nonpharmacological approaches for depression in dementia
- The views and concerns of people living dementia, families/care partners and healthcare workers
- Cost-effectiveness of evidence-based approaches for reducing behaviours and symptoms associated with dementia
- Behaviours & Psychological Symptoms associated with Dementia (BPSD)
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- Burley CV, Livingston G, Anders W, Knapp M, Norman R & Brodaty H (2020). Time to invest in prevention and better care for behaviours and psychological symptoms associated with dementia. International Psychogeriatrics. 32(5), 567-572.
- Gratton, G., Weaver, S.R., Burley, C.V., et al. Dietary flavanols improve cerebral cortical oxygenation and cognition in healthy adults. Sci Rep 10, 19409 (2020).
- Furlong RJ, Weaver SR, Sutherland R, Burley CV, Imi GM, Lucas RAI, Lucas SJE (2020). Running induced elevations in cerebral blood velocity are greater in running compared to cycling at higher intensities. Physiological Reports.
- Burley CV, Lucas RAI, Whittaker AC, Mullinger K & Lucas SJE (2020). Measuring cerebrovascular reactivity: The CO2-stimulus duration and steady-state data extraction affects the outcome measure. Experimental Physiology. 105(5):893-909.
- Elhassan YS, Kluckova K, Fletcher RS, Schmidt M, Garten A, Doig CL, Cartwright DM, Oakey L, Burley CV, Jenkinson N, Wilson M, Lucas SJE, Akerman I, Seabright A, Lai Y, Tennant DA, Nightingale P, Wallis GA, Manolopoulos KN, Brenner C, Philp A & Lavery GG (2019). Nicotinamide riboside augments the human skeletal muscle NAD+ metabolome and induces transcriptomic and anti-inflammatory signatures. Cell Metabolism 28(7), 1717-1728.
- Segaert K, Lucas SJE, Burley CV, Milner AE, Ryan M & Wheeldon L (2018). Higher physical fitness levels are associated with less language decline in healthy ageing. Scientific Reports 8(6715).
- Burley CV, Bailey DM, Marley CJ & Lucas SJ (2016). Brain train to combat brain drain; focus on exercise strategies that optimise neuroprotection. Experimental Physiology 101(9), 1178-1184.
- Burley CV, Lucas SJE & Lucas R (2016). Method to the madness – interpreting measures of cerebrovascular health. Comments on Crosstalk 30: The middle cerebral artery diameter does/does not change during alterations in arterial blood gases and blood pressure. Journal of Physiology 594 (15).
- Lucas SJE, Burley CV, Cotter JD, Brassard P, Marley CJ & Bailey DM (2016). We need to be open-minded about HIITing the brain with exercise. Comment on CrossTalk 26: High intensity interval training does/does not have a role in risk reduction or treatment of disease. We need to be open-minded about HIITing the brain with exercise! Journal of Physiology, 593 (24).
- Horne J & Burley CV (2010). We know when we are sleepy: Subjective versus objective measurements of moderate sleepiness in healthy adults. Biological Psychology, 83(3), 266-268.