David Neal

MSC.

20202022

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Research interests

Good health and care increasingly depend on person-centred implementation of evidence-based technologies. I conduct research at the intersection of psychology, healthcare and technology, to understand the cycle of technological innovation, from bench to bedside and back again.

As an EU-funded Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow, my current research concerns the evaluation of technologies for improving psychosocial wellbeing (social health) of community-dwelling people with dementia. I am responsible for carrying out the FindMyApps study, which is the world's largest randomized controlled trial of a technological intervention for social health in dementia. This is a mixed methods study, in which we collect qualitative and quantitative data in order to achieve three research objectives: main effects analyses; cost-effectiveness analyses; and implementation research in the form of a process evaluation (in line with UK MRC guidelines).

In addition to my research, I am grateful to also grasp many teaching opportunities. I supervise master student dissertations in subjects including psychology and clinical medicine, amongst others and deliver lectures on dementia and society. I also supervise multidisciplinary groups of students from Saxion University of Applied Sciences as part of their Smart Solutions Semester. 

In previous roles I have worked on:

  • Product development and user-testing of digital communication aids for the GP's consulting room (Vesalian Ltd, London UK)
  • Improving the quality of advanced care planning in old age psychiatry (NHS North-West London, UK)
  • Writign and policy skills devleopment for bachelor students interested in global health (Polygeia, Cambridge UK)

Education/Academic qualification

Master, University of Cambridge

Sep 2013Jul 2016

Award Date: 1 Jul 2016

Bachelor, University of Cambridge

Oct 2010Jun 2013

Award Date: 1 Jun 2013

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