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Jacqueline Parkes

United Kingdom

Dr Jacqueline Parkes, PhD, M.Med.Sci, BA (Hons), P.G. Dip, P.G.Cert, R.M.N began her mental health nursing career after completing her Bachelors degree in English and Community Studies in 1988.  As a registered nurse, she worked across community, acute in-patient, rehabilitation, forensic, and elderly mental health care settings. On completing her Masters in Clinical Nursing and Midwifery, Jackie began her academic career delivering all aspects of mental health care within both pre-registration and post registration nurse education programmes.

Since 2008, she has led the Mental Health Research Group in the Centre for Health and Wellbeing Research (CHWR) at the University of Northampton. In this role, she has completed a number of externally funded projects which have focused on the delivery of specialist care pathways for individuals with a learning disability, children and adolescent mental health services, and people with dementia and their informal carers. Jackie’s doctoral work, which employed a phenomenological approach, has led to the development of a humanistic Conceptual Framework for Care for female patients in secure mental health services.

As well as narrative research approaches, Jackie’s research interests also include participatory, collaborative, and user-led research. She is currently teaching research methods to a range of user/carer groups, which has attracted both national and international interest.

As Chair of the Dementia Research Network in the CHWR, Jackie is currently leading research which seeks to explore with people with early onset dementia and their informal carers, the impact on the quality of life, life choices, and social connectedness of their initial diagnosis; in order to inform the development, implementation, and evaluation of a social rehabilitation intervention specifically designed to promote social connectedness and normalisation within this population.



Last Updated: Thursday 28 February 2013