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Dr. Rhoda MacRae

Lecturer, Alzheimer Centre for Policy and Practice, School of Health and Life Sciences, University of the West of Scotland

Rhoda began her research career in the NHS, where she was awarded a Research Training Fellowship by the Chief Scientist Office of Scotland and seconded to the University of Glasgow. Following this, she completed a Masters in Applied Social Research (1998) and a PhD in Sociology (2002) at the University of Stirling. Rhoda is a core member of Scotland’s Dementia Champions Programme and teaches on the Masters in Gerontology with Dementia Care and the Masters in People Led Integrated Care programmes. Rhoda is also supervisor to masters, professional doctorate and PhD students. Rhoda has a keen interest in use of evidence in practice, qualitative methodologies and evaluation, particularly the evaluation of dementia education. Her research interests focus on supporting people living with dementia and their family carers to live the best life possible. Her current research includes exploring the social impact of dementia friendly walking football, developing a wellness app for rural family carers and adapting the Scottish Dementia Champions Education Programme for use in Canada.