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Dr Clarissa Giebel PhD

Senior Research Fellow Primary Care & Mental Health


Personal Statement

My research focuses on enabling people living with dementia to live well and independently at home for as long as possible, whilst addressing potential health inequalities in accessing the right care. For this, I am working with a number of national and international collaborators, in the Netherlands, Colombia, Chile, Australia, Uganda, Poland, and UAE.

I have led the first Covid-19 dementia study in the country, exploring the effects of social service closures on the lives of people with dementia and unpaid carers. The study is ongoing with results expected very shortly, and more information can be found here. Covid19 Dementia Study Web page We are also working with Italy, India, Poland, and Australia to conduct the same study there and compare data. In addition, I am also conducting a care home COVID-19 study, exploring the changes in care provision during the pandemic.

I am the Principal Investigator on a number of dementia and health inequalities projects, including funded studies as PI by the ESRC Newton Fund (Understanding the impact of political and stressful life events on the mental health of older Colombians); Alzheimer's Society (health inequalities in dementia care in the UK and the Netherlands); and the ODA Seedfund (exploring the impacts of COVID-19 restrictions on the mental health of older adults in Uganda, Colombia, and India).

As part of my PhD at the University of Manchester, I have developed a novel tool to assess the remaining abilities in initiating and performing everyday functioning in dementia, which has been tested in over 600 caregivers of people with dementia nationally (see here for publication: and is started being used in clinical practice and has been translated into Spanish.

I am also the developer and organiser of the Liverpool Dementia & Ageing Research Forum, hosting bi-monthly free public seminars and bringing together professionals in the field, and am running my own science podcast into ageing - The Ageing Scientist podcast.