Christine FitzGerald, PhD, MA

Atlantic Fellow at GBHI, Trinity College Dublin
christine.fitzgerald@gbhi.org
Home Country: Ireland
Field of Employment: Psychosocial Researcher
Professional Profile
Key areas: psychosocial interventions, community-based health services, social gerontology, behavior change

 

With a background in nursing and health promotion, Christine FitzGerald’s research inter-ests center on the influential role that community plays on the impact and prevention of dementia. At GBHI, FitzGerald extends her previous work in health service delivery by ex-ploring approaches to support both person-centered and community-based care for people with dementia and their families and caregivers.“Combining person-centered care with community-based interventions offers a more holistic approach to addressing the global issue of dementia.”

With a particular focus on psychosocial interventions for people with dementia, FitzGerald will explore the role community services for people with dementia—such as Alzheimer ca-fés—play in supporting social citizenship. FitzGerald will develop a psychosocial interven-tion classification framework and an evaluation strategy to mobilize and enhance psycho-social interventions at a national and international level.

 

Bio: Christine FitzGerald holds a PhD degree from the National University of Ireland, Galway and a MA degree in health promotion from the National University of Ireland, Galway. She also holds a BSc degree in nursing from the University of Limerick.

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