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Dr Rachel Collins

Dr Rachel Collins

Postdoctoral Research Associate

 South Cloisters 2.40


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

I recently changed my subject specialism having initially achieved a PhD and postdoctoral research experience in the Plant Sciences. I was then program manager and lecturer for higher education courses in horticulture, arboriculture and forestry. 

More recently I worked for the Alzheimer’s Society as a Day Care Worker and was inspired to return to research to study dementia, especially with respect to non-pharmaceutical interventions to aid both patients and their carers. As part of this career change I have recently completed a Master’s Degree at the University of York in Applied Health Research. As part of my qualification I undertook a dissertation entitled ‘A Scoping Review of UK Policies and International

Research into the Care and Support of Patients with Early Onset Dementia’. I am currently working as a Postdoctoral Research Associate within REACH undertaking a systematic review into psychosocial interventions for depression in family carers of people with dementia. 


PhD in Plant Molecular Biology (University of Nottingham)
MSc in Applied Health Research (University of York)
PGCE (PCET) in Teaching and Learning (University of Southampton)
BSc in Biological Sciences (University of Exeter)


Research interests

My future research plans are to contribute to and develop patient and carer-centred research, particularly within the area of neurological degenerative conditions, using mixed-methodology. This interest has developed through working for the Alzheimer’s Society and from undertaking an MSc dissertation study. My particular interests are in dementia patient centred care, use of non-pharmacological, psychosocial interventions and the support and education of informal carers.

Research projects

Systematic review into psychosocial interventions for depression in family carers of people with dementia

Committee/panel activities

Research advisor to the ‘Hambleton & Richmondshire Admiral Nurse Service’. A charity set up to raise money through grants and donations to obtain an Admiral Nurse and supporting workers within the Hambleton and Richmondshire area of North Yorkshire 

Invited lectures

Associate Lecturer and Residential School Tutor for The Open University on Biological and Health Sciences modules. 

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