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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

Overview

Rachel Collins is a member of the Centre for Research in Ageing and Cognitive Health (REACH). She changed subject specialism having previously achieved a PhD and postdoctoral research experience in plant sciences. She was then program manager and lecturer for higher education courses in horticulture, arboriculture and forestry. She was also an associate lecturer and residential summer school tutor for the Open University for over 10 years. She has also worked for Alzheimer’s Society as a Day Care Worker and was inspired to return to research supporting people living with dementia and completed a Master’s Degree in applied health research to make the transition. She is a Research Fellow and has worked on a number of projects within the REACH team.

Qualifications

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

Research interests

Dementia, dementia carers, connecting people living dementia with nature and the outdoor environment, continual professional development of practitioners.

Research projects

  • The IDEAL programme

Improving the experience of Dementia and Enhancing Active Life (IDEAL). Funded by ESRC and NIHR.

Improving the experience of Dementia and Enhancing Active Life: a longitudinal perspective on living well with dementia (IDEAL-2). Funded by Alzheimer’s Society.

A large cohort study social science programme exploring what enables people with dementia and carers to ‘live well’.

http://www.idealproject.org.uk/

  • INCLUDE

Identifying and mitigating the individual and dyadic impact of COVID-19 and life under physical distancing on people with dementia and carers. Funded by ESRC.

Additional funding made it possible to investigate how the COVID-19 pandemic impacted the IDEAL participants.

  • ENLIVEN

Extending active life for older people with cognitive impairment through innovation in the visitor economy of the natural environment. Funded by ESRC-UKRI.

This project is a collaboration with the University of Exeter Business School and part of the Healthy Ageing Challenge. It aims to work with businesses to support older people with dementia and cognitive impairment to access and connect with the natural environment.

  • GREAT CR into Practice

Maintaining independence through goal-oriented cognitive rehabilitation: GREAT into Practice (GREAT-iP), funded by Alzheimer’s Society.

The GREAT programme focuses on goal-oriented cognitive rehabilitation (CR) to support functioning, promote activity engagement and social participation for people living with early-stage dementia. GREAT CR was implemented into NHS services and in a care home setting, using both face-to-face and an e-learning course for practitioners.  

https://sites.google.com/exeter.ac.uk/great-cr/home

https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/blog/life-after-dementia-diagnosis-guide-setting-reaching-goals

Previous research projects

  • Australian Centre for Research Excellence in Promoting Cognitive Health and Preventing Cognitive Decline (CRE).
  • Systematic review into psychosocial interventions for depression in family carers of people with dementia.

Publications

Key publications | Publications by category | Publications by year

Publications by category


Journal articles

Sabatini S, Ukoumunne O, Ballard C, Collins R, Anstey K, Diehl M, Brothers A, Wahl H-W, Corbett A, Hampshire A, et al (In Press). Cross-Sectional Association between Objective Cognitive Performance and Perceived Age-related Gains and Losses in Cognition. International Psychogeriatrics Full text.
Sabatini S, Ukoumunne O, Ballard C, Collins R, Corbett A, Brooker H, Clare L (In Press). The Cross-sectional Relationship between Pain and Awareness of Age-Related Changes. British Journal of Pain Full text.
Sabatini S, Ballard C, Clare L, Collins R, Ukoumunne O (2021). Associations of subjective cognitive and memory decline with depression, anxiety, and two-year change in objectively-assessed global cognition and memory. Aging, Neuropsychology and Cognition: a Journal on Normal and Dysfunctional Development Full text.
Sabatini S, Ukoumunne O, Ballard C, Collins R, Corbett A, Brooker H, Clare L (2021). Cross-sectional and longitudinal associations between subjective sleep difficulties and self-perceptions of aging. Behavioral Sleep Medicine Full text.
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.  Full text.
Clare L, Martyr A, Gamble LD, Pentecost C, Collins R, Dawson E, Hunt A, Parker S, Allan L, Burns A, et al (2021). Impact of COVID-19 on ‘living well’ with mild-to-moderate dementia in the community: findings from the IDEAL cohort. Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease Full text.
Sabatini S, Ukoumunne OC, Martyr A, Ballard C, Lamont RA, Collins R, Pentecost C, Hunt A, Quinn C, Thom JM, et al (2021). Relationship between self-perceptions of aging and ‘living well’ among people with mild-to-moderate dementia: Findings from the ideal programme. Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics, 94, 104328-104328. Full text.
Choi A, Ballard C, Martyr A, Collins R, Morris RG, Clare L (2021). The impact of auditory hallucinations on “living well” with dementia: Findings from the IDEAL programme. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 36(9), 1370-1377. Full text.
Sabatini S, Ukoumunne OC, Ballard C, Collins R, Kim S, Corbett A, Aarsland D, Hampshire A, Brooker H, Clare L, et al (2021). What does feeling younger or older than one’s chronological age mean to men and women? Qualitative and quantitative findings from the PROTECT study. Psychology & Health, 1-24. Full text.
Sabatini S, Silarova B, Martyr A, Collins R, Ballard C, Anstey KJ, Kim S, Clare L (2020). Associations of Awareness of Age-Related Change with Emotional and Physical Well-being: a Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Gerontologist, 60(6), e477-e490. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Sabatini S, Ukoumunne O, Ballard C, Brothers A, Kaspar R, Collins R, Kim S, Corbett A, Aarsland D, Hampshire A, et al (2020). International relevance of Two Measures of Awareness of Age-Related Change (AARC). BMC Geriatrics, 20 Full text.
Collins R, Silarova B, Clare L (2019). Dementia Primary Prevention Policies and Strategies and Their Local Implementation: a Scoping Review Using England as a Case Study. J Alzheimers Dis, 70(s1), S303-S318. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Evans IEM, Martyr A, Collins R, Brayne C, Clare L (2019). Social Isolation and Cognitive Function in Later Life: a Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. J Alzheimers Dis, 70(s1), S119-S144. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.

Publications by year


In Press

Sabatini S, Ukoumunne O, Ballard C, Collins R, Anstey K, Diehl M, Brothers A, Wahl H-W, Corbett A, Hampshire A, et al (In Press). Cross-Sectional Association between Objective Cognitive Performance and Perceived Age-related Gains and Losses in Cognition. International Psychogeriatrics Full text.
Sabatini S, Ukoumunne O, Ballard C, Collins R, Corbett A, Brooker H, Clare L (In Press). The Cross-sectional Relationship between Pain and Awareness of Age-Related Changes. British Journal of Pain Full text.

2021

Sabatini S, Ballard C, Clare L, Collins R, Ukoumunne O (2021). Associations of subjective cognitive and memory decline with depression, anxiety, and two-year change in objectively-assessed global cognition and memory. Aging, Neuropsychology and Cognition: a Journal on Normal and Dysfunctional Development Full text.
Sabatini S (2021). Awareness of age-related change (AARC) and its associations with cognitive, mental, and physical health and well-being in the second half of life.  Abstract.  Full text.
Sabatini S, Ukoumunne O, Ballard C, Collins R, Corbett A, Brooker H, Clare L (2021). Cross-sectional and longitudinal associations between subjective sleep difficulties and self-perceptions of aging. Behavioral Sleep Medicine Full text.
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.  Full text.
Clare L, Martyr A, Gamble LD, Pentecost C, Collins R, Dawson E, Hunt A, Parker S, Allan L, Burns A, et al (2021). Impact of COVID-19 on ‘living well’ with mild-to-moderate dementia in the community: findings from the IDEAL cohort. Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease Full text.
Sabatini S, Ukoumunne OC, Martyr A, Ballard C, Lamont RA, Collins R, Pentecost C, Hunt A, Quinn C, Thom JM, et al (2021). Relationship between self-perceptions of aging and ‘living well’ among people with mild-to-moderate dementia: Findings from the ideal programme. Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics, 94, 104328-104328. Full text.
Choi A, Ballard C, Martyr A, Collins R, Morris RG, Clare L (2021). The impact of auditory hallucinations on “living well” with dementia: Findings from the IDEAL programme. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 36(9), 1370-1377. Full text.
Sabatini S, Ukoumunne OC, Ballard C, Collins R, Kim S, Corbett A, Aarsland D, Hampshire A, Brooker H, Clare L, et al (2021). What does feeling younger or older than one’s chronological age mean to men and women? Qualitative and quantitative findings from the PROTECT study. Psychology & Health, 1-24. Full text.

2020

Sabatini S, Silarova B, Martyr A, Collins R, Ballard C, Anstey KJ, Kim S, Clare L (2020). Associations of Awareness of Age-Related Change with Emotional and Physical Well-being: a Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Gerontologist, 60(6), e477-e490. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Sabatini S, Ukoumunne O, Ballard C, Brothers A, Kaspar R, Collins R, Kim S, Corbett A, Aarsland D, Hampshire A, et al (2020). International relevance of Two Measures of Awareness of Age-Related Change (AARC). BMC Geriatrics, 20 Full text.

2019

Collins R, Silarova B, Clare L (2019). Dementia Primary Prevention Policies and Strategies and Their Local Implementation: a Scoping Review Using England as a Case Study. J Alzheimers Dis, 70(s1), S303-S318. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Evans IEM, Martyr A, Collins R, Brayne C, Clare L (2019). Social Isolation and Cognitive Function in Later Life: a Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. J Alzheimers Dis, 70(s1), S119-S144. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.

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External Engagement and Impact

External positions

School Governor roles:

General and SEND Governor - The Exmoor Federation, Dulverton, Somerset (2017-2019).

Co-opted and Finance Governor -  Willand School, Willand, Devon (2019-2021).

Teaching and assessment roles:

Associate Lecturer and Residential School Tutor for The Open University on Biological and Health Sciences modules (2003-2016).

Observer in Teaching and Learning. North Yorkshire County Council (2012-2015).

External Examiner for FdSc in Arboriculture & Tree Management and BSc in Arboriculture & Tree Management. University of Worcester (2010-2014).

Teaching

Supervision / Group

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