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Alison Ward


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Alison is an experienced researcher, with particular research interests and expertise in dementia, creative engagement and wellbeing, and patient and public involvement. Alison has a strong background in service evaluation and mixed methods research, working with a range of charitable and health organisations. Alison is also the Deputy Lead of the Centre for Health Sciences and Services which supports and builds on the research and enterprise work of the Faculty of Health and Society.

Alison was awarded a Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship 2015, part of the Baring Foundation’s Creative Ageing scheme, to visit Denmark and lead a project exploring the experiences of people with early stage dementia through photography and storytelling. This work has inspired Alison’s PhD, which explored how photography and storytelling can be used as a way to engage people with dementia in the research process.

Alison is a member of the University of Northampton’s Joint Action Dementia Forum, is a founding member of the Forget Me Nots young onset dementia social group and is a certified TimeSlips storytelling facilitator, delivering sessions with patients at a local hospital. Alison therefore brings experience of both research and practice, which supports her understanding of the current field of arts and older people. This understanding is strengthened by involvement with a number of national organisations such as, the Royal Society for Public Health’s Special Interest Group in Arts, Health and Wellbeing, the Arts Health Early Career Researcher Network, Arts4Dementia and the Creative Arts Dementia Network. Alison is also a member of the Faculty’s Research Ethics Committee and is committed to working to high ethical standards of practice.

Education/Academic qualification


Master, The Open University

Bachelor, University of Leicester


  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • Dementia
  • Creativity
  • Wellbeing
  • Qualitative
  • Photography
  • Storytelling
  • Photo elicitation

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Research Output 2012 2019

Life Story Sharing: A Therapeuitic Intervention in Palliative Care

Quinney, M., Ward, A. & Youell, J., 27 Mar 2019, Voices of Illness: Negotiating Meaning and Identity. Brill/ Rodopi, p. 48-70 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to Book/Report typesChapterResearchpeer-review


A community event to raise awareness and understanding of dementia

Ward, A., Pyer, M., Parkes, J. & Hughes-Rowland, R., 1 Mar 2018, In : Journal of Dementia Care. 26, 2, p. 18-19 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearch

Open Access
Practice (Psychology)

A visual and creative approach to exploring people with dementia’s experiences of being students at a school in Denmark

Ward, A., Schack Thoft, D., Lomax, H. & Parkes, J., 12 Jul 2018, In : Dementia. p. 1-19 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Does a 24/7 hospice at home service prevent or postpone acute hospital admissions?

Ward, A., Graham, A. & Sixsmith, J., 15 Mar 2018.

Research output: Contribution to conference typesPosterResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Hospice Care
4 Downloads (Pure)

Going back to school – an opportunity for lifelong learning for people with dementia in Denmark (Innovative practice)

Ward, A., Sorensen, K. A., Kousgaard, H., Schack Thoft, D. & Parkes, J., 11 Mar 2018, In : Dementia.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
lifelong learning


Winston Churchill Fellowship

Alison Ward (Recipient), Feb 2015

Prize: Other distinction

lifelong learning

Activities 2012 2017

  • 9 Oral presentation
  • 3 Public lecture/debate/seminar

The value of using photography and storytelling with people with dementia

Alison Ward (Speaker)
1 Mar 2017

Activity: Academic Talks or PresentationsOral presentationResearch


Fermynwoods Contemporary Art

Alison Ward (Visiting researcher)
14 Nov 2017

Activity: Public Engagement and OutreachPublic lecture/debate/seminarResearch

The Open University

Alison Ward (Visiting researcher)
24 Feb 2016

Activity: Public Engagement and OutreachPublic lecture/debate/seminarResearch

Photographic Engagement With People With Dementia

D Schack Thoft (Speaker), Alison Ward (Speaker)
16 Apr 2016

Activity: Academic Talks or PresentationsOral presentationResearch


Caritas Social Action Network

Alison Ward (Visiting researcher)
7 Sep 2016

Activity: Public Engagement and OutreachPublic lecture/debate/seminarResearch


Using Photography and Storytelling With People With Early-Stage Dementia to Understand Their Lived Experience and Enable Them to Tell Their Stories

Author: Ward, A., 27 Mar 2019

Supervisor: Parkes, J. (Supervisor) & Lomax, H. (External person) (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis