Valerie joined SCWRU in January 2016. As a new researcher to the unit she is working on the project: The experiences of the Home Care Workforce in providing care up to the end of life for older people with dementia, funded by Dunhill Medical Trust.
She is completing a PhD in Gerontology at King’s College London. Her PhD research focused on the social support needs of adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder; with particular emphasis on maintaining their well-being post parental care.
Valerie’s overarching academic interests are situated in the circumstances of ageing vulnerable populations. October 2015, Valerie assumed the role of chair of the Emerging Researchers in Ageing (ERA) at the British Gerontology Society.