Veronika completed her MSc in Developmental Psychology at Utrecht University/The Netherlands in 2006 and then started her PhD research at Loughborough University. She investigated the relationship between cognitive abilities and sports performance in people with intellectual disabilities, for which she developed and tested a computerized cognitive test battery. Her postdoctoral research included studies investigating the association between cognition, well-being and use of new technologies in older people and emotion recognition patterns in older people with and without cognitive impairment and antihypertensive treatment in people with dementia.
In her role as Assistant Professor, she is convenor for the Independent Research Project module, which is part of the MSc Rehabilitation and MSc Health Psychology courses, and works for the Promoting Activity, Independence and Stability in Early Dementia (PrAISED) research programme, for which she is co-lead for two work packages (Optimising Adherence and Uptake; Process Evaluation) and programme manager.
Veronika's research interests lie in the area of dementia, cognition, health of older people, exercise adherence and motivation, physical activity, falls, process evaluation and implementation research, research methods, neuropsychological assessment and psychometrics. They include intellectual disability, well-being and technology use of older people.
The Promoting Activity, Independence and Stability in Early Dementia (PrAISED) research programme develops and evaluated a multi-component intervention to support people with Mild Cognitive… read more
VAN DER WARDT, V., LOGAN, P., CONROY, S., HARWOOD, R. and GLADMAN, J., 2014. Antihypertensive treatment in people with dementia JAMDA. 15(9), 620-29
VAN DER WARDT V, PATEL D, GONDEK D, POLLOCK K, LOGAN P, DAS NAIR R and HARWOOD R, 2014. Systematic review into motivational strategies that support adherence to exercise for people with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) or dementia European Geriatric Medicine. 5(S1), 238
GONDEK D, PATEL D, POLLOCK K, DAS NAIR R and HARWOOD R, 2014. The effects of cognitive and exercise interventions for people with mild cognitive impairment and dementia on carers: a systematic review European Geriatric Medicine. 5(S1), 237
The Promoting Activity, Independence and Stability in Early Dementia (PrAISED) research programme develops and evaluated a multi-component intervention to support people with Mild Cognitive Impairment and Mild Dementia to stay independent for longer. The intervention includes physiotherapy, occupational therapy, motivational psychology and educational elements. The programme started in March 2016 and will continue until March 2022. More information is on our PrAISED website http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/research/groups/healthofolderpeople/projects/praised/
The Hypertension in Dementia studies investigated the use of antihypertensive medication in people with dementia and include several projects. A podcast summary of the Hypertension in Dementia projects can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-ABWCgEyh0
The Balance and the Mind project aimed to develop an intervention to reduce the risk of falls in people with mild cognitive impairment and early stage dementia and to understand the perspectives of people with dementia and their carers about the feasibility and acceptability of falls prevention treatments.