David Neal



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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)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Master, Clinical Medicine MB BChir (equivalent of MD), University of Cambridge

Sept 2013Jul 2016

Award Date: 1 Jul 2016

Bachelor, Behavioural neuroscience, University of Cambridge

Oct 2010Jun 2013

Award Date: 1 Jun 2013

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