Dr Kritika Samsi
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Professional background and current research
Kritika Samsi has a background in psychology and gerontology and has worked across a number of projects in dementia, including minority ethnic issues, quality of life and end of life care. She has a PhD in Health Services Research from the Institute of Psychiatry and is committed to understanding health and social care integration for people with dementia.
Her current work involves a 5 year NIHR-funded programme of research, exploring the effective implementation of the Mental Capacity Act 2005, specifically in relation to safeguarding people with dementia and carers. She is also exploring service needs for older homeless people with cognitive impairment; and examining the interface between safeguarding and personalisation in social care.
She has worked across a number of dementia studies: barriers and facilitators to accessing services for people with dementia from different ethnic groups, transitioning from 'memory problems' to 'having dementia', change and continuity in quality of life with dementia, decision-making in housing with care, end of life care in dementia – and feels lucky to have conducted research on the lived experience of the complete spectrum – from diagnosis to end of life.
Her work has mainly involved qualitative research methodologies, with particular focus on Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. She is also experienced in Grounded theory, framework analysis and thematic analysis. She is experienced in using both quantitative and qualitative methods within the same study, and is committed to employing a range of methodologies to suit appropriate research questions.
Kritika is an Honorary lecturer on the MSc in Mental Health Service & Population Research at the Institute of Psychiatry. She is joint Programme Leader with Vanessa Lawrence at the IoP's Summer School: Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods. She jointly chairs the Alzheimer Disease Research Interest Group for Gerontological Society of America.
Kritika represents post-doctoral research staff in social sciences at King's College's Research Committee and has recently been invited by the European Commission to represent the 'Voice of Researchers'. If you have any queries about this role, she would love to hear from you – please contact her directly on firstname.lastname@example.org.