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Sharon Nelis

Senior Research Fellow/Project Manager

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Sharon Nelis is the Project Manager of ‘Improving the experience of dementia and enhancing active life: the IDEAL study’ (www.idealproject.org.uk)

Broad research specialisms:

Part of the Centre for Research in Ageing and Cognitive Health at Exeter (www.exeter.ac.uk/psychology/reach) research interests include maintaining cognitive health in later life and living well with cognitive decline.

Qualifications

BSc. (Hons) Social Psychology & Sociology (Ulster)
Postgraduate Certificate in University Teaching (PgCUT) (Ulster)
PhD. in Psychology (Ulster)

Career

Former research studies include:

Research Fellow: ‘Behaviour change to promote health and well-being in later life a goal-setting intervention’. 2011-2013

Research Fellow: ‘Implications of attachment organisation for the social and emotional health of older people, people with dementia, and family caregivers’. 2010-2011

Research Officer: ‘A comprehensive profile of awareness in early stage dementia’ 2007-2010

Research

Research interests

Part of the Centre for Research in Ageing and Cognitive Health (REACH) at Exeter (www.exeter.ac.uk/psychology/reach) research interests include maintaining cognitive health in later life and living well with cognitive decline.

Research interests include:

  • Awareness in Alzheimer’s disease/dementia
  • Living well with dementia.
  • Memory functioning and performance of older adults.
  • Mental health in later life.
  • Attachment representations and social networks across the lifespan.

Research projects

Improving the experience of dementia and enhancing active life: the IDEAL study (www.idealproject.org.uk).

Grants/Funding:

Clare, L., Jones, I.R., Victor, C., Pickett, J., Knapp, M., Jones, R.W., Kopelman, M., Morris, R., Rusted, J., Savitch, N., Martyr, A., Nelis, S.M., Quinn, C., Hindle, J.V., & Thom. J. 2014-2018. Living well with dementia. ESRC/NIHR.

Nelis, S.M., Clare, L. & Whitaker, C. 2010-2011: Implications of attachment relationships for the social and emotional well-being of older people, people with dementia, and family caregivers. ESRC Small Grant.

Key publications | Publications by category | Publications by year

Key publications


Morris RG, Nelis SM, Martyr A, Markova I, Roth I, Woods RT, Whitaker CJ, Clare L (2015). Awareness of memory task impairment versus everyday memory difficulties in dementia. Journal of Neuropsychology Abstract.  Full text.
Opdebeeck C, Nelis SM, Quinn C, Clare L (2015). How does cognitive reserve impact on the relationships between mood, rumination, and cognitive function in later life?. Aging and Mental Health, 19(8), 705-712.
Clare L, Nelis SM, Jones IR, Hindle JV, Thom JM, Nixon JA, Cooney J, Jones CL, Tudor Edwards R, Whitaker CJ, et al (2015). The Agewell trial: a pilot randomised controlled trial of a behaviour change intervention to promote healthy ageing and reduce risk of dementia in later life. BMC Psychiatry, 15(1). Abstract.  Author URL.
Nelis SM, Clare L, Whitaker CJ (2014). Attachment in people with dementia and their caregivers: a systematic review. Dementia (London), 13(6), 747-767. Abstract.  Author URL.
Clare L, Nelis SM, Quinn C, Martyr A, Henderson C, Hindle JV, Jones IR, Jones RW, Knapp M, Kopelman MD, et al (2014). Improving the experience of dementia and enhancing active life - living well with dementia: study protocol for the IDEAL study. HEALTH AND QUALITY OF LIFE OUTCOMES, 12 Author URL.  Full text.
Nelis S, Clare L, Whitaker CJ (2013). Attachment styles and attachment needs in people with dementia and family carers. Journal of Dementia Care, 21(4), 34-35.

Publications by category


Journal articles

Jones CL, Tudor Edwards R, nelis SM, Jones IR, Hindle JV, Thom JT, Cooney J, Clare L (In Press). Cost-Effectiveness Findings from the Agewell Pilot Study of Behaviour Change to Promote Health and Wellbeing in Later Life. Health Economics & Outcome Research, 1(1). Abstract.  Full text.
Lamont RA, Nelis SM, Quinn C, Clare L (2016). Social Support and Attitudes to Aging in Later Life. The International Journal of Aging and Human Development Abstract.  Full text.
Morris RG, Nelis SM, Martyr A, Markova I, Roth I, Woods RT, Whitaker CJ, Clare L (2015). Awareness of memory task impairment versus everyday memory difficulties in dementia. Journal of Neuropsychology Abstract.  Full text.
Opdebeeck C, Quinn C, Nelis SM, Clare L (2015). Does cognitive reserve moderate the association between mood and cognition? a systematic review. Reviews in Clinical Gerontology, 25(03), 181-193. Abstract.  Full text.
Opdebeeck C, Nelis SM, Quinn C, Clare L (2015). How does cognitive reserve impact on the relationships between mood, rumination, and cognitive function in later life?. Aging Ment Health, 19(8), 705-712. Abstract.  Author URL.
Opdebeeck C, Nelis SM, Quinn C, Clare L (2015). How does cognitive reserve impact on the relationships between mood, rumination, and cognitive function in later life?. Aging and Mental Health, 19(8), 705-712.
Opdebeeck C, Quinn C, Nelis SM, Clare L (2015). Is cognitive lifestyle associated with depressive thoughts and self-reported depressive. European Journal of Ageing, 13(1), 63-73. Abstract.  Full text.
Clare L, Nelis SM, Jones IR, Hindle JV, Thom JM, Nixon JA, Cooney J, Jones CL, Tudor Edwards R, Whitaker CJ, et al (2015). The Agewell trial: a pilot randomised controlled trial of a behaviour change intervention to promote healthy ageing and reduce risk of dementia in later life. BMC Psychiatry, 15(1). Abstract.  Author URL.
Nelis SM, Clare L, Whitaker CJ (2014). Attachment in people with dementia and their caregivers: a systematic review. Dementia (London), 13(6), 747-767. Abstract.  Author URL.
Clare L, Nelis SM, Quinn C, Martyr A, Henderson C, Hindle JV, Jones IR, Jones RW, Knapp M, Kopelman MD, et al (2014). Improving the experience of dementia and enhancing active life - living well with dementia: study protocol for the IDEAL study. HEALTH AND QUALITY OF LIFE OUTCOMES, 12 Author URL.  Full text.
Marková IS, Clare L, Whitaker CJ, Roth I, Nelis SM, Martyr A, Roberts JL, Woods RT, Morris R (2014). Phenomena of awareness in dementia: heterogeneity and its implications. Conscious Cogn, 25, 17-26. Abstract.  Author URL.
Martyr A, Nelis SM, Clare L (2014). Predictors of perceived functional ability in early-stage dementia: self-ratings, informant ratings and discrepancy scores. Int J Geriatr Psychiatry, 29(8), 852-862. Abstract.  Author URL.
Clare L, Woods RT, Nelis SM, Martyr A, Marková IS, Roth I, Whitaker CJ, Morris RG (2014). Trajectories of quality of life in early-stage dementia: individual variations and predictors of change. Int J Geriatr Psychiatry, 29(6), 616-623. Abstract.  Author URL.
Woods RT, Nelis SM, Martyr A, Roberts J, Whitaker CJ, Markova I, Roth I, Morris R, Clare L (2014). What contributes to a good quality of life in early dementia? Awareness and the QoL-AD: a cross-sectional study. Health Qual Life Outcomes, 12 Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Nelis S, Clare L, Whitaker CJ (2013). Attachment styles and attachment needs in people with dementia and family carers. Journal of Dementia Care, 21(4), 34-35.
Opdebeeck C, Nelis S, Quinn C, Clare L (2013). MOOD, THINKING STYLE AND COGNITION IN LATER LIFE: THE IMPACT OF COGNITIVE RESERVE. GERONTOLOGIST, 53, 454-454. Author URL.
Clare L, Whitaker CJ, Roberts JL, Nelis SM, Martyr A, Marková IS, Roth I, Woods RT, Morris RG (2013). Memory awareness profiles differentiate mild cognitive impairment from early-stage dementia: evidence from assessments of performance monitoring and evaluative judgement. Dement Geriatr Cogn Disord, 35(5-6), 266-279. Abstract.  Author URL.
Clare L, Whitaker CJ, Nelis SM, Martyr A, Markova IS, Roth I, Woods RT, Morris RG (2013). Self-concept in early stage dementia: profile, course, correlates, predictors and implications for quality of life. Int J Geriatr Psychiatry, 28(5), 494-503. Abstract.  Author URL.
Clare L, Nelis SM, Martyr A, Whitaker CJ, Marková IS, Roth I, Woods RT, Morris RG (2012). 'She might have what I have got': the potential utility of vignettes as an indirect measure of awareness in early-stage dementia. Aging Ment Health, 16(5), 566-575. Abstract.  Author URL.
Nelis SM, Clare L, Whitaker CJ (2012). Attachment representations in people with dementia and their carers: implications for well-being within the dyad. Aging Ment Health, 16(7), 845-854. Abstract.  Author URL.
Clare L, Nelis SM, Martyr A, Whitaker CJ, Marková IS, Roth I, Woods RT, Morris RG (2012). Longitudinal trajectories of awareness in early-stage dementia. Alzheimer Dis Assoc Disord, 26(2), 140-147. Abstract.  Author URL.
Clare L, Nelis SM, Whitaker CJ, Martyr A, Markova IS, Roth I, Woods RT, Morris RG (2012). Marital relationship quality in early-stage dementia: perspectives from people with dementia and their spouses. Alzheimer Dis Assoc Disord, 26(2), 148-158. Abstract.  Author URL.
Clare L, Hindle JV, Jones IR, Thom JM, Nelis SM, Hounsome B, Whitaker CJ (2012). The AgeWell study of behavior change to promote health and wellbeing in later life: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Trials, 13 Abstract.  Author URL.
Clare L, Nelis SM, Martyr A, Roberts J, Whitaker CJ, Markova IS, Roth I, Woods RT, Morris RG (2012). The influence of psychological, social and contextual factors on the expression and measurement of awareness in early-stage dementia: testing a biopsychosocial model. Int J Geriatr Psychiatry, 27(2), 167-177. Abstract.  Author URL.
Martyr A, Clare L, Nelis SM, Marková IS, Roth I, Woods RT, Whitaker CJ, Morris RG (2012). Verbal fluency and awareness of functional deficits in early-stage dementia. Clin Neuropsychol, 26(3), 501-519. Abstract.  Author URL.
Nelis SM, Clare L, Martyr A, Markova I, Roth I, Woods RT, Whitaker CJ, Morris RG (2011). Awareness of social and emotional functioning in people with early-stage dementia and implications for carers. Aging Ment Health, 15(8), 961-969. Abstract.  Author URL.
Martyr A, Clare L, Nelis SM, Roberts JL, Robinson JU, Roth I, Markova IS, Woods RT, Whitaker CJ, Morris RG, et al (2011). Dissociation between implicit and explicit manifestations of awareness in early stage dementia: evidence from the emotional Stroop effect for dementia-related words. Int J Geriatr Psychiatry, 26(1), 92-99. Abstract.  Author URL.
Clare L, Whitaker CJ, Nelis SM, Martyr A, Markova IS, Roth I, Woods RT, Morris RG (2011). Multidimensional assessment of awareness in early-stage dementia: a cluster analytic approach. Dement Geriatr Cogn Disord, 31(5), 317-327. Abstract.  Author URL.
Nelis SM, Rae G, Liddell C (2011). The level of expressed emotion scale: a useful measure of expressed emotion in adolescents?. J Adolesc, 34(2), 311-318. Abstract.  Author URL.
Clare L, Whitaker CJ, Nelis SM (2010). Appraisal of memory functioning and memory performance in healthy ageing and early-stage Alzheimer's disease. Neuropsychol Dev Cogn B Aging Neuropsychol Cogn, 17(4), 462-491. Abstract.  Author URL.
Clare L, Linden DEJ, Woods RT, Whitaker R, Evans SJ, Parkinson CH, van Paasschen J, Nelis SM, Hoare Z, Yuen KSL, et al (2010). Goal-oriented cognitive rehabilitation for people with early-stage Alzheimer disease: a single-blind randomized controlled trial of clinical efficacy. Am J Geriatr Psychiatry, 18(10), 928-939. Abstract.  Author URL.
Nelis SM, Rae G (2009). Brief report: Peer attachment in adolescents. J Adolesc, 32(2), 443-447. Author URL.
Nelis SM, Rae G, Liddell C (2006). Factor analyses and score validity of the family emotional involvement and criticism scale in an adolescent sample. Educational and Psychological Measurement, 66(4), 676-686. Abstract.

Publications by year


In Press

Jones CL, Tudor Edwards R, nelis SM, Jones IR, Hindle JV, Thom JT, Cooney J, Clare L (In Press). Cost-Effectiveness Findings from the Agewell Pilot Study of Behaviour Change to Promote Health and Wellbeing in Later Life. Health Economics & Outcome Research, 1(1). Abstract.  Full text.

2016

Lamont RA, Nelis SM, Quinn C, Clare L (2016). Social Support and Attitudes to Aging in Later Life. The International Journal of Aging and Human Development Abstract.  Full text.

2015

Morris RG, Nelis SM, Martyr A, Markova I, Roth I, Woods RT, Whitaker CJ, Clare L (2015). Awareness of memory task impairment versus everyday memory difficulties in dementia. Journal of Neuropsychology Abstract.  Full text.
Opdebeeck C, Quinn C, Nelis SM, Clare L (2015). Does cognitive reserve moderate the association between mood and cognition? a systematic review. Reviews in Clinical Gerontology, 25(03), 181-193. Abstract.  Full text.
Opdebeeck C, Nelis SM, Quinn C, Clare L (2015). How does cognitive reserve impact on the relationships between mood, rumination, and cognitive function in later life?. Aging Ment Health, 19(8), 705-712. Abstract.  Author URL.
Opdebeeck C, Nelis SM, Quinn C, Clare L (2015). How does cognitive reserve impact on the relationships between mood, rumination, and cognitive function in later life?. Aging and Mental Health, 19(8), 705-712.
Opdebeeck C, Quinn C, Nelis SM, Clare L (2015). Is cognitive lifestyle associated with depressive thoughts and self-reported depressive. European Journal of Ageing, 13(1), 63-73. Abstract.  Full text.
Clare L, Nelis SM, Jones IR, Hindle JV, Thom JM, Nixon JA, Cooney J, Jones CL, Tudor Edwards R, Whitaker CJ, et al (2015). The Agewell trial: a pilot randomised controlled trial of a behaviour change intervention to promote healthy ageing and reduce risk of dementia in later life. BMC Psychiatry, 15(1). Abstract.  Author URL.

2014

Nelis SM, Clare L, Whitaker CJ (2014). Attachment in people with dementia and their caregivers: a systematic review. Dementia (London), 13(6), 747-767. Abstract.  Author URL.
Clare L, Nelis SM, Quinn C, Martyr A, Henderson C, Hindle JV, Jones IR, Jones RW, Knapp M, Kopelman MD, et al (2014). Improving the experience of dementia and enhancing active life - living well with dementia: study protocol for the IDEAL study. HEALTH AND QUALITY OF LIFE OUTCOMES, 12 Author URL.  Full text.
Marková IS, Clare L, Whitaker CJ, Roth I, Nelis SM, Martyr A, Roberts JL, Woods RT, Morris R (2014). Phenomena of awareness in dementia: heterogeneity and its implications. Conscious Cogn, 25, 17-26. Abstract.  Author URL.
Martyr A, Nelis SM, Clare L (2014). Predictors of perceived functional ability in early-stage dementia: self-ratings, informant ratings and discrepancy scores. Int J Geriatr Psychiatry, 29(8), 852-862. Abstract.  Author URL.
Clare L, Woods RT, Nelis SM, Martyr A, Marková IS, Roth I, Whitaker CJ, Morris RG (2014). Trajectories of quality of life in early-stage dementia: individual variations and predictors of change. Int J Geriatr Psychiatry, 29(6), 616-623. Abstract.  Author URL.
Woods RT, Nelis SM, Martyr A, Roberts J, Whitaker CJ, Markova I, Roth I, Morris R, Clare L (2014). What contributes to a good quality of life in early dementia? Awareness and the QoL-AD: a cross-sectional study. Health Qual Life Outcomes, 12 Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.

2013

Nelis S, Clare L, Whitaker CJ (2013). Attachment styles and attachment needs in people with dementia and family carers. Journal of Dementia Care, 21(4), 34-35.
Opdebeeck C, Nelis S, Quinn C, Clare L (2013). MOOD, THINKING STYLE AND COGNITION IN LATER LIFE: THE IMPACT OF COGNITIVE RESERVE. GERONTOLOGIST, 53, 454-454. Author URL.
Clare L, Whitaker CJ, Roberts JL, Nelis SM, Martyr A, Marková IS, Roth I, Woods RT, Morris RG (2013). Memory awareness profiles differentiate mild cognitive impairment from early-stage dementia: evidence from assessments of performance monitoring and evaluative judgement. Dement Geriatr Cogn Disord, 35(5-6), 266-279. Abstract.  Author URL.
Clare L, Whitaker CJ, Nelis SM, Martyr A, Markova IS, Roth I, Woods RT, Morris RG (2013). Self-concept in early stage dementia: profile, course, correlates, predictors and implications for quality of life. Int J Geriatr Psychiatry, 28(5), 494-503. Abstract.  Author URL.

2012

Clare L, Nelis SM, Martyr A, Whitaker CJ, Marková IS, Roth I, Woods RT, Morris RG (2012). 'She might have what I have got': the potential utility of vignettes as an indirect measure of awareness in early-stage dementia. Aging Ment Health, 16(5), 566-575. Abstract.  Author URL.
Nelis SM, Clare L, Whitaker CJ (2012). Attachment representations in people with dementia and their carers: implications for well-being within the dyad. Aging Ment Health, 16(7), 845-854. Abstract.  Author URL.
Clare L, Nelis SM, Martyr A, Whitaker CJ, Marková IS, Roth I, Woods RT, Morris RG (2012). Longitudinal trajectories of awareness in early-stage dementia. Alzheimer Dis Assoc Disord, 26(2), 140-147. Abstract.  Author URL.
Clare L, Nelis SM, Whitaker CJ, Martyr A, Markova IS, Roth I, Woods RT, Morris RG (2012). Marital relationship quality in early-stage dementia: perspectives from people with dementia and their spouses. Alzheimer Dis Assoc Disord, 26(2), 148-158. Abstract.  Author URL.
Clare L, Hindle JV, Jones IR, Thom JM, Nelis SM, Hounsome B, Whitaker CJ (2012). The AgeWell study of behavior change to promote health and wellbeing in later life: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Trials, 13 Abstract.  Author URL.
Clare L, Nelis SM, Martyr A, Roberts J, Whitaker CJ, Markova IS, Roth I, Woods RT, Morris RG (2012). The influence of psychological, social and contextual factors on the expression and measurement of awareness in early-stage dementia: testing a biopsychosocial model. Int J Geriatr Psychiatry, 27(2), 167-177. Abstract.  Author URL.
Martyr A, Clare L, Nelis SM, Marková IS, Roth I, Woods RT, Whitaker CJ, Morris RG (2012). Verbal fluency and awareness of functional deficits in early-stage dementia. Clin Neuropsychol, 26(3), 501-519. Abstract.  Author URL.

2011

Nelis SM, Clare L, Martyr A, Markova I, Roth I, Woods RT, Whitaker CJ, Morris RG (2011). Awareness of social and emotional functioning in people with early-stage dementia and implications for carers. Aging Ment Health, 15(8), 961-969. Abstract.  Author URL.
Martyr A, Clare L, Nelis SM, Roberts JL, Robinson JU, Roth I, Markova IS, Woods RT, Whitaker CJ, Morris RG, et al (2011). Dissociation between implicit and explicit manifestations of awareness in early stage dementia: evidence from the emotional Stroop effect for dementia-related words. Int J Geriatr Psychiatry, 26(1), 92-99. Abstract.  Author URL.
Clare L, Whitaker CJ, Nelis SM, Martyr A, Markova IS, Roth I, Woods RT, Morris RG (2011). Multidimensional assessment of awareness in early-stage dementia: a cluster analytic approach. Dement Geriatr Cogn Disord, 31(5), 317-327. Abstract.  Author URL.
Nelis SM, Rae G, Liddell C (2011). The level of expressed emotion scale: a useful measure of expressed emotion in adolescents?. J Adolesc, 34(2), 311-318. Abstract.  Author URL.

2010

Clare L, Whitaker CJ, Nelis SM (2010). Appraisal of memory functioning and memory performance in healthy ageing and early-stage Alzheimer's disease. Neuropsychol Dev Cogn B Aging Neuropsychol Cogn, 17(4), 462-491. Abstract.  Author URL.
Clare L, Linden DEJ, Woods RT, Whitaker R, Evans SJ, Parkinson CH, van Paasschen J, Nelis SM, Hoare Z, Yuen KSL, et al (2010). Goal-oriented cognitive rehabilitation for people with early-stage Alzheimer disease: a single-blind randomized controlled trial of clinical efficacy. Am J Geriatr Psychiatry, 18(10), 928-939. Abstract.  Author URL.

2009

Nelis SM, Rae G (2009). Brief report: Peer attachment in adolescents. J Adolesc, 32(2), 443-447. Author URL.

2006

Nelis SM, Rae G, Liddell C (2006). Factor analyses and score validity of the family emotional involvement and criticism scale in an adolescent sample. Educational and Psychological Measurement, 66(4), 676-686. Abstract.

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