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Debbie Tolson (Scotland, UK)

United Kingdom

Professor Debbie Tolson was appointed in January 2013 to the post of Alzheimer Scotland Professor of Dementia and became the inaugural director of the Alzheimer Scotland Centre for Policy and Practice based at the University of the West of Scotland. Prior to this she was a Professor of Gerontological Nursing at Glasgow Caledonian University.

She is a nurse leader with an international reputation for advancing evidence informed care with older people and people with dementia, serving as UK representative on the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG)-World Health Organisation Global Taskforce for Nursing Homes. In 2010 she was awarded the Jim Flood Memorial Alzheimer Disease Distinguished Lectureship St Louis University (USA) Medical School. She is a Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing UK, and an Honorary Fellow of the Queens Nursing Institute: Scotland.  She was the recipient of the Sigma Theta Tau International, 2007 award for the Best of Worldviews on Evidence Based Nursing.

She is an enthusiastic promoter of inclusive approaches to practitioner education and social participatory research methods. As an Executive Board member of the Scottish Dementia Research Consortium she takes a keen interest in the promotion of applied dementia research.  Current research includes development of interventions and models of advanced dementia care, delirium prevention and management, and psychosocial interventions including football focussed reminiscence.



Last Updated: Monday 24 March 2014