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Justine Schneider

Professor of Mental Health and Social Care, Faculty of Social Sciences



Justine has been Professor of Mental Health and Social Care at the University of Nottingham since 2004. She was previously Senior Lecturer in the Centre for Applied Social Studies at the University of Durham (1998-2004) and a Non-Executive Director, County Durham and Darlington Priority Services NHS Trust. Her previous employment includes seven years as a Research Fellow at the Personal Social Services Research Unit, University of Kent at Canterbury (1991-98), two years of voluntary work in Lima, Peru, and several years of professional social work practice in London and the south east.

Expertise Summary

Justine has extensive experience in many aspects of applied health research using a wide range of methodologies and approaches. She has expertise in mental health service evaluation, carers, care homes, costs and supported employment for people with any kind of disability or disadvantage. Her current work focuses primarily on dementia and staff development, and she is exploring innovative approaches to knowledge exchange in dementia care through the arts.

She co-directs a doctoral training centre, The Arts and Dementia (TAnDem), which was funded by the Alzheimer's Society (2015-19). The 3 Nottingham TAnDem researchers are undertaking empirical studies of the arts as psychosocial interventions in dementia.

Justine also led the Dementia Art and Wellbeing Network (DA&WN), funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (2016-18). This was a series of four workshops and related activities that enabled peopel with dementia, artists and researchers to investigate discrete art forms together.

She also supervises Early Career Researchers who are part of the INDUCT Marie Sklowdowska Curie network, which is investigating the use of technology in the care and support of people with dementia.

Justine was responsible for the research-based play Inside Out of Mind, about dementia carers in hospital. Written and directed by Tanya Myers, a live recording is available for hire and is suitable for audiences of care professionals and the general public.

She initiated the website Improving Dementia Education and Awareness (IDEA) which provides public-facing information, educational-resources, research, news and events. IDEA was made possible through a donation from Tony and Angela Marmont and furhter support from Nottingham University Hospitals Trust.

Research Summary

Current and recent research

I am a social worker and social researcher with a focus on marginalized groups and social inclusion. Recent projects for which I am Principal Investigator or Co-I include:

  • an evaluation of the Care Certificate in England,
  • a qualitative study of health care assistants doing 12-hour shifts both commissioned by the Department of Health Policy Research Unit
  • the Dementia, Arts & Wellbeing Network (DA&WN) funded by AHRC
  • an ethnographic study of home care for people with dementia, funded by NIHR School for Social Care Research
  • a doctoral training centre, The Arts and Dementia (TAnDem), funded by the Alzheimer's Society
  • an evaluation of the Carer Information Programme run by Radford Care Group
  • evaluations of the impact on audiences of Inside Out of Mind, a play about dementia care
  • an on-line RCT of computerised Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (Moodgym), funded by British Occupational Health Research Foundation
  • an ethnographic study of healthcare assistants on dementia wards, for NIHR SDO/HS&DR
  • an evaluation of assistive technology for people with dementia living in their own homes, commissioned by Nottinghamshire County Council,
  • a survey of mental health service users' perceptions of stigma, for Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust
  • a pilot study of the experience of care of inpatients in acute mental health settings, a replication of work done in Belgium by colleagues at Ghent University.
  • A meta-review of online interventions for common mental disorders
  • A systematic review of the obstacles to care faced by children and young people with the symptoms of ADHD

Selected Publications

Past Research

Past research

As a senior lecturer at the University of Durham (1998-2004) and before that as a Research Fellow at the Personal Social Services Research Unit, University of Kent (1991-1998) I have conducted research using various methods in relation to: costs and carer burden in dementia; quality of life and the impact of occupation in residential homes; the impact on carers, staff and service users of mental health care reforms; the first five years of Sure Start, and various aspects of disability in relation to employment and social inclusion. Please see my publications for further details.

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