Institute of Health & Society

Staff Profile

Dr Alison Wheatley

Research Associate



I am a social researcher with a background in medical sociology and a particular interest in health technologies. I am currently a member of the Ageing team working on projects relating to dementia. My previous work has mainly been in the area of tissue donation.


PhD Science and Technology Studies, The University of Edinburgh, 2016 

MA Social Research (with Distinction), The University of Warwick, 2011

BA (hons) Sociology with a Specialism in Research Methods, The University of Warwick, 2010


British Sociological Association (North East MedSoc Group, steering committee)

Feminist and Women's Studies Association (executive committee)

Association for Studies in Innovation Science and Technology 


Current Projects

Developing an Intervention for Fall-Related Injuries in Dementia (DIFRID)

The overall aim of this study is to assess through a series of work packages whether it is possible to design a complex intervention to improve the outcome of fall-related injuries in people with dementia living in their own homes.

My role on DIFRID involves:

  • Organising and conducting qualitative research (observation, interviews, and focus groups) with people with dementia, their families, and healthcare professionals
  • Contributing to progress reports, articles, and presentations for diverse audiences, including working with PPI representatives to create plain language versions of publications
  • Conducting a realist synthesis which directly informed the development of the final DIFRID intervention
  • Collecting data to evaluate the implementation of the feasibility study

Primary Care-led Post-Diagnostic Dementia Care (PriDem)

This study aims to improve dementia care through primary-care led support following diagnosis.