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 Janice Ranson

Janice Ranson

PhD student


 01392 726050

 College House 


College House, University of Exeter, St Luke's Campus, Heavitree Road, Exeter, EX1 2LU, UK


Janice’s research aims to enhance the diagnostic pathway for dementia by improving accurate identification of dementia in primary care. She is currently investigating predictors of dementia status and is developing a clinical prediction model for a computerised decision support system. This statistical methodology involves analysing population based cohorts to identify patient characteristics that are strongly and reliably associated with dementia status. 


  • 2014 MSc Psychological Research Methods, University of Exeter
  • 2012 BSc Psychology, Royal Holloway, University of London


Prior to beginning the PhD, Janice had been working with the group on this project for over two years. This began with her MSc thesis which provided the preliminary data for the group, and continued this work as an honorary Associate Research Fellow. She has several years of experience within the public and health sectors, having previously worked with vulnerable families and mental health service users. Most recently, Janice has been working within the Intelligence Directorate of Devon and Cornwall Police Force, where she focused on the identification of vulnerability within the context of criminal activity. 


Research interests

  • Dementia screening and diagnosis
  • Statistical predictive modelling
  • Diagnostic accuracy


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