Dr Emma Wolverson

Dr Emma Wolverson

Senior Lecturer Ageing and Dementia. MSc Dementia programme co-director.

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Health Sciences
  • School of Psychology and Social Work

Qualifications

  • BSc (University of Hull)
  • ClinPsyD (University of Hull)

Summary

Emma Wolverson is a clinical academic working part time at the University and part time in the NHS as a clinical psychologist who specialises in working with people living with dementia and their families.

Her clinical work has spanned the dementia care pathway from early assessment and diagnosis to end of life care.

Emma's research aims to support people with dementia to live well by promoting wellbeing, reducing stigma and improving care.

Emma is programme co-director for the MSc Dementia.

Emma teaches a range of health and social care professionals on the topic of dementia. She also teaches on later life and dementia on the clinical psychology doctorate.

Recent outputs

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Journal Article

Family carer perspectives on the language of behaviour change in dementia: an online mixed methods survey

Wolverson, E., Moniz-Cook, E., Dunn, R., & Dunning, R. (2022). Family carer perspectives on the language of behaviour change in dementia: an online mixed methods survey. Age and ageing, 51(3), https://doi.org/10.1093/ageing/afac047

Self-Care for Family Carers: Can the Alexander Technique Help?

Wolverson, E., Glover, L., & Clappison, D. J. (2022). Self-Care for Family Carers: Can the Alexander Technique Help?. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, 46, Article 101546. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ctcp.2022.101546

The Meaning and Experience of Gratitude for People Living with Dementia

Pearson, M., Clarke, C., & Wolverson, E. (2022). The Meaning and Experience of Gratitude for People Living with Dementia. Dementia, 21(1), 335-352. https://doi.org/10.1177/14713012211040675

The use of a bespoke website developed for people with dementia and carers: Users' experiences, perceptions and support needs

Wolverson, E., White, C., Dunn, R., Cunnah, K., Howe, D., Paulson, K., …Thorpe, J. (2022). The use of a bespoke website developed for people with dementia and carers: Users’ experiences, perceptions and support needs. Dementia, 21(1), 94-113. https://doi.org/10.1177/14713012211028495

The language of behaviour changes in dementia: A mixed methods survey exploring the perspectives of people with dementia

Wolverson, E., Moniz-Cook, E., Dunn, R., Gove, D., & Diaz-Ponce, A. (2021). The language of behaviour changes in dementia: A mixed methods survey exploring the perspectives of people with dementia. Journal of advanced nursing, 77(4), 1992-2001. https://doi.org/10.1111/jan.14787

Research interests

Emma's research is focused on supporting people living with dementia and their families to live well. She has an interest in the application of Positive Psychology to help us understand what it means to live well with dementia. Emma is passionate about stakeholder engagement and the use of qualitative methods to hear people's lived experience.

Postgraduate supervision

Dr Wolverson welcomes applications in the application of positive psychology to dementia care.

Completed students:

Bartels, L. (2017) The role of hope in sustaining caregiving in dementia.

Conway, L (2018) Resilience in people with dementia and their caregivers.

Adams, J. (2018) Mindfulness and Meditation Interventions in Dementia: Experiences, Adaptations and Effects on Well-being.

Sweeny, L (2019) Shared experiences of making digital life stories in dementia dyads.

Lowe, S (2020) Dark Humour in dementia.

Pearson, M. (2017). The experience of gratitude in dementia: A pilot study of a gratitude intervention

Bartels, L. (2017). The role of hope in sustaining caregiving in dementia

Cowell, C. (2016). An exploration of the impact of the care home transition on love in dementia relationships

Heap, C. (2016). Intensive Interaction in severe dementia: making meaning with staff caregivers

Buggins, S. (2016). Resilience in older adults with a diagnosis of dementia

Smithson-Evans, F. (2016). Illness perceptions and quality of life in brain tumours: Does diagnostic communication have an impact?

Patterson, K. (2014). Positive experiences whilst living with dementia: A qualitative exploration of growth in older adults

Irwin, H. (2014). Exploring the shared experience of humour in people living with dementia and their partners

Vince, A, (2014). An exploration into psychiatrists understanding of what it means to live well with dementia, and experiences of engaging in discussions about positive wellbeing when sharing a diagnosis

Dearden, R. (2014). Defining an authentic patient-neurosurgeon relationship within the awake craniotomy context; a qualitative study

Marklew, H. (2013). An exploration of the motherhood decision

Haris, Y. (2012). An exploration of illness representations in older age

Chapman, D. (2011). Hope and Stigma in Early Dementia

Awards and prizes

Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Research Leaders Award

2018

Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Research Leaders Award: Outstanding Early Career Contribution to Dementia Research 2018

Charity role

Member of the Dove House Hospice board of trustees, Hull.

2019

Alzheimer’s Research UK (ARUK) clinical policy advisor

2018

Committee/Steering group role

Member of the Y&H CRN Clinical Specialty Group (Dementia)

2022

Consultancy/Industry advisory role

Peer reviewer for the World Health Organization (WHO) Global dementia observatory knowledge exchange platform

2021

National/International learned society/body role

Member of the multi-disciplinary international research group INTERDEM

2019