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Miss Jemima Dooley

Miss Jemima Dooley

Graduate Research Assistant


College House 1.07

Jemima began her PhD in September 2013 at the University of Exeter Medical School, and is supervised by Professor Rose McCabe. Jemima is using conversation analysis to examine the communication that takes place between people with potential dementia, their companions and healthcare professionals in diagnosis delivery meetings in Memory Clinics in Devon and London. The aim will be to identify how certain interactional behaviours have different consequences for patient and companion involvement in the interaction, specifically in term of the delivery of a diagnosis of dementia, the delivery of functional diagnoses, and the involvement of family members.

Broad research specialisms

  • Communication in clinical settings
  • Mental health services
  • Conversation analysis


Dooley, J., Bailey, C. and McCabe, R. (in press) Communication in healthcare interactions in dementia: a systematic review of observational studies, International Psychogeriatrics.

Zangrilli, A., Ducci, G., Bandinelli, P.L., Dooley, J.,McCabe, R. and Priebe, S. (2014) How do psychiatrists address delusions in first meetings in acute care? A qualitative study, BMC Psychiatry, 14:178 doi: 10.1186/1471-244X-14-178.


2006 BA Psychology and Philosphy, Oxford University


Previous to starting her PhD, Jemima worked in a children’s psychiatric inpatient ward as a clinical support worker and an assistant psychologist in a memory clinic. She also worked for two years prior to her PhD as a research assistant for Rose McCabe at Queen Mary University of London, on a randomised control trial of a training intervention to enhance psychiatrist communication with patients with psychosis (TEMPO trial).


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