Dr Sharon Nelis
Senior Research Fellow/Project Manager


Research interests

Part of the Centre for Research in Ageing and Cognitive Health (REACH) at Exeter (www.exeter.ac.uk/psychology/reach) research interests include maintaining cognitive health in later life and living well with cognitive decline.

Research interests include:

  • Awareness in Alzheimer’s disease/dementia
  • Living well with dementia.
  • Memory functioning and performance of older adults.
  • Mental health in later life.
  • Attachment representations and social networks across the lifespan.

Research projects

Improving the experience of dementia and enhancing active life: the IDEAL study (www.idealproject.org.uk).


Clare, L., Jones, R.W., Morris, R., Matthews, F., Rusted, J., Hughes, J., Victor, C., Knapp, M., Jones, I.R., Litherland, R., Hindle, J.V., Quinn, C., Martyr, A., Nelis, S.M., Ballard, C., & Hillman, A. (2018-2022). Improving the experience of dementia and enhancing active life: a longitudinal perspective on living well with dementia (the IDEAL-2 study).

Clare, L., Jones, I.R., Victor, C., Pickett, J., Knapp, M., Jones, R.W., Kopelman, M., Morris, R., Rusted, J., Savitch, N., Martyr, A., Nelis, S.M., Quinn, C., Hindle, J.V., & Thom. J. (2014-2018). Living well with dementia. ESRC/NIHR.

Nelis, S.M., Clare, L. & Whitaker, C. 2010-2011: Implications of attachment relationships for the social and emotional well-being of older people, people with dementia, and family caregivers. ESRC Small Grant.

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