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Laura Cole

Dr Laura Cole

Senior Research Associate

Tel +44 (0)20 7848 1665

Professional background and current research

Laura has a background in psychology and worked with older people with cognitive problems and dementia for fourteen years in various clinical, care and research settings; and joined the Unit in 2016. Prior to her academic posts, she worked in a memory clinic as a research psychologist completing neuropsychological tests with people with cognitive impairment to help aid their diagnosis and treatment for their particular type of dementia. She also worked as a care manager in an older people’s team in London, and as a care assistant in a specialist dementia unit that supported people with chronic mental health problems and severe symptoms of dementia.

Laura is a mixed-methods researcher. Her current work is an Alzheimer’s Society funded study exploring the views and experiences of people with dementia and their family carers on residential respite services. In previous dementia care research, Laura has investigated the timing of a move to a care home, continence management (or problems with using the toilet) for people living at home, and effectiveness of reminiscence art groups in improving quality of life for residents living in care homes.

She teaches ‘Ethics’ on the Qualitative Research Methods module for MSc and Summer School students at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience; and has been a regular guest lecturer at Royal Holloway, University of London’s MSc Social Work course teaching communication skills with people with dementia. Laura became a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2018.

Laura is a council member of the Geriatric and Gerontology section at the Royal Society of Medicine, and a member of the editorial board for Dementia: Journal of International Social Research and Practice. She is also a member of the British Society of Gerontology, and INTERDEM (a pan-European network of researchers aiming to improve the quality of life of people with dementia).

Laura is the convenor and chair for the Home Care Research Forum at HSCWRU.

Follow Laura on Twitter @adalinecole

Selected publications

  • Cole, L., Samsi, K. and Manthorpe, J. (2018). Is there an ‘optimal time’ to move to a care home for a person with dementia? A systematic review of the literature. International Psychogeriatrics, 30(1).1649-1670.
  • Keating, F., Cole, L., and Grant, R. (2018). An evaluation of group reminiscence arts sessions for people with dementia living in care homes. Dementia. OnlineFirst 16 Jul.
  • Cole, L. & Drennan, V. (2017). Living with incontinence: the experience of people with dementia. Dementia. OnlineFirst 19 Sep.
  • Cole, L., Kritika, S. & Manthorpe, J. (2017). Is there an ‘optimal time’ for a person with dementia to move to a care home? Alzheimer’s & Dementia, 13(7), P1172-P1173.
  • Iliffe, S., Wright, P., Law, R., Rogerson, A., Cole, L., Manthorpe, J., and Khan, M. (2017). Enabling research in care homes. (Letter to the Editor). Age and Ageing, 46(6), 1017.
  • Adhikari, R. P., Upadhaya, N., Paudel, S., Pokhrel, R., Bhandari, N., Cole, L., & Koirala, S. (2017). Psychosocial and mental health problems of older people in postearthquake Nepal. Journal of Aging and Health, 30(6), 945-964.
  • Cole, L. (2015). Exploring experiences of intimate toileting care and the impact on the family dyad relationship for people with dementia and their cohabiting family carer. PhD Thesis: St George’s, University of London.
  • Drennan, V.M., Greenwood, N, & Cole, L. (2014). Continence care for people with dementia at home. Nursing Times, 110(9), 19.
  • Drennan, V.M., Rait, G., Cole, L., Grant, R. & Iliffe, S. (2013). The prevalence of incontinence in people with cognitive impairment or dementia living at home: a systematic review. Neurourology & Urodynamics, 32(4), 314-324.
  • Drennan, V.M., Norrie, C., Cole, L. & Donovan, S. (2013). Addressing incontinence for people with dementia living at home: a documentary analysis of local English community nursing service continence policies and clinical guidance. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 22(3-4), 339-346.
  • Drennan, V.M., Greenwood, N., Cole, L., Fader, M., Grant, R., Rait, G. & Iliffe, S. (2012). Conservative interventions for incontinence in people with dementia and cognitive impairment, living at home: a systematic review. BMC Geriatrics, 12:77.
  • Drennan, V.M., Cole, L. & Iliffe, S. (2011). A taboo within a stigma?  A qualitative study of managing continence with people with dementia living at home. BMC Geriatrics, 11(75).
  • Cole, L. (2011). Book Review of: 'When a family member has dementia: steps to becoming a resilient caregiver', by Susan M. McCurry. Dementia, 10(2), 272.
  • Manthorpe, J., Iliffe, S., Samsi, K., Cole, L., Goodman, C., Drennan, V. and Warner, J. (2010). Dementia, dignity and quality of life: nursing practice and its dilemmas. International Journal of Older People Nursing, 5(3), 235-244.
  • Drennan, V. & Cole, L. (2009). Dealing with incontinence. Living with Dementia, December/January (2009/2010), 14-15.
  • Drennan, V. & Cole, L. (2009). Promoting Continence and Managing Incontinence with People with Dementia Living at Home: One More Challenge for Integration. Journal of Integrated Care, 17(1), 15-25. 
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