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Déborah de Oliveira

Research Fellow, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences



Deborah Oliveira (RN, BSc, MSc, PhD, AFHEA) currently works as Research Fellow at the Institute of Mental Health

Expertise Summary


Quality of life and well-being

Older adults

Health promoting self-care

Dementia risk reduction

Family caregiving

Scale development and psychometrics

Mixed-methods research

Multi-centred, inter-sectorial, multidisciplinary, international research

Teaching Summary

I have been involved with the following teaching activites:

  • Organising and delivering the Dementia & Ageing Course (C84DEM) as part of Masters in Mental Health.
  • Supervising BMedSci student dissertations:

1. Chloe Smith (2017-2018): How do older family carers of people with dementia experience care transition?

  • Co-supervising PhD students

1. Laurie Duke Hare (2017-current): Enhancing social connectedness for adults with depression.

I am pleased to consider applications from prospective Masters and PhD students.

Research Summary

I am the first author of the Dementia Quality of Life Sacale for Older Family Carers (DQoL-OC).

I currently work as Research Fellow (Programme Manager) at the Institute of Mental Health for INDUCT (Interdisciplinary Network for Dementia Using Current Technology) - 2016-2020. Funded through H2020 Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions Innovative Training Network, 2015 (grant agreement number 676265), INDUCT is aimed at developing a multi-disciplinary, inter-sectorial educational research framework for Europe to improve technology and care for people with dementia, and to provide the evidence to show how technology can improve the lives of people with dementia.

Individual grants as CI

  • Alzheimer Research UK: a national UK survey to understand how far are ageing individuals willing to change their lifestyle in order to prevent dementia (2017-2018) - £4,895
  • NottsHC-NIHR-RCF Research Capability Funding: "PROmoting self-care to meet the needs of family CARERS of people with dementia: the PRO-CARERS study" (2017-2018) - £19,555
  • Translation, adaption and validation of iSupport in Brazil. The Brazilian institutions involved with this research proposal are UFSCAR, UNB, UNESP, Brazilian Federation of Alzheimer, and the Brazilian Ministry of Health. The study is currently funded by the University of Nottingham and the Brazilian Ministry of Health. - £100,000

I am pleased to consider applications from prospective Masters and PhD students.

Recent Publications

Past Research

Research Fellow for AQUEDUCT (Achieving Quality and Effectiveness in Dementia care Using Crisis Teams) 2015-2019. AQUEDUCT is an NIHR funded research project which aims to evaluate Dementia Crisis Teams (DCTs), formulate an evidence-based conceptual model and recommendations for achieving best practice in DCT organisation, and develop and validate an Implementation Measure to assess to what extent this is achieved in practice. AQUEDUCT aims to improve effectively the quality of care for people with dementia experiencing a crisis, and achieve a better experience for people with dementia and their carers.

PhD research: Development and Validation of the Dementia Quality of Life Sacale for Older Family Carers (DQoL-OC)

Future Research

I am currently co-editing a book on Dementia Prevention, together with Professor Eef Hogervorst, Professor Kate Irving and Professor Miia Kivipelto.

School of Medicine

University of Nottingham
Medical School
Nottingham, NG7 2UH

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