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University of Exeter Medical School

 Catherine Alexander

Catherine Alexander

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

 South Cloisters 


South Cloisters, University of Exeter, St Luke's Campus, Heavitree Road, Exeter, EX1 2LU, UK


Catherine trained in medicine at St Bartholomew’s Hospital Medical School, with an intercalated degree in psychology at UCL. She completed general practice training, and worked first as a GP partner in Hackney, East London for 7 years, then as a salaried GP in Bedminster, Bristol for 15 years. 

Increasingly interested in innovations for patient-centred care in dementia, Catherine completed a PhD in medical studies as a Clinical Training Fellow with the REACH team at  the University of Exeter Medical School, looking at issues around awareness in early dementia, and developing a new clinical interview for assessing awareness.

Catherine currently holds an NIHR Dementia Capacity Building Postdoctoral Fellowship with PenARC, and continues to work with the REACH team, researching awareness in people with dementia and approaches to facilitate 'living well' with dementia.


PhD Medical Studies University of Exeter

MB; BS St Bartholomew's Hospital Medical College, University of London

BSc (Psychology with basic medical science) Unversity College London

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Research projects

PhD title: Identifying and addressing difficulties with awareness in early-stage dementia.

Supervisors: Professor Linda Clare, Dr Sharon Savage, Dr Anthony Martyr

Funding: Clinical training fellowship sponsored by Alzheimer’s Society.

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Journal articles

Alexander CM, Martyr A, Clare L, team ICWTIPR (2023). Does awareness of condition change over time in people with mild‐to‐moderate dementia? Longitudinal findings from the IDEAL cohort. Alzheimer's & Dementia, 19(S4).
Alexander CM, Martyr A, Clare L (2022). Changes in awareness of condition in people with mild‐to‐moderate dementia: Longitudinal findings from the IDEAL cohort. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 37(4). Abstract.
Alexander CM, Martyr A, Clare L, team ICWTIPR (2022). Developing a new clinical interview to assess awareness in dementia. Alzheimer's & Dementia, 18(S8).
Martyr A, Gamble LD, Nelis SM, Collins R, Alexander CM, Morris RG, Quinn C, Pentecost C, Rusted JM, Victor C, et al (2022). Predictors of Awareness of Functional Ability in People with Dementia: the Contribution of Personality, Cognition, and Neuropsychiatric Symptoms – Findings from the IDEAL Program. Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders, 51(3), 221-232. Abstract.
Alexander CM, Martyr A, Gamble LD, Savage SA, Quinn C, Morris RG, Collins R, Clare L (2021). Does awareness of condition help people with mild-to-moderate dementia to live well? Findings from the IDEAL programme. BMC Geriatrics, 21(1). Abstract.
Alexander CM, Martyr A, Savage SA, Morris RG, Clare L (2021). Measuring Awareness in People with Dementia: Results of a Systematic Scoping Review. J Geriatr Psychiatry Neurol, 34(5), 335-348. Abstract.  Author URL.
Alexander C, Martyr A, Savage S, Clare L (2019). Measuring awareness in people with dementia: protocol for a scoping review. BMC Systematic Reviews

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