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Dr Katie Brittain

Associate Professor

Department: Nursing, Midwifery & Health

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Katie is Associate Professor of Ageing & Health in the Department of Nursing, Midwifery & Health.  Katie is a Social Gerontologist and has an educational background in Sociology.  This has enabled her to pursue her research interests in the social impact that illness can have on the lives of older people. Before joining Northumbria University Katie worked at Newcastle University for sixteen years.  During her time as a researcher she has researched and published widely around the impact of ill health on older people and carers. More recently her work has focused around how aspects of the physical, social and technological environment pose challenges and opportunities for older people and their wider community.

Key areas of expertise:

  • Social Gerontology
  • Assistive Technologies & Ageing
  • Dementia
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Evaluation

Campus Address

Room B128 Coach Lane Campus West
Northumbria University
Newcastle upon Tyne


Social Research PhD June 30 2005

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Framing the failure of medical implants, Maniatopoulos, G., Hopkins, C., Joyce, T., Brittain, K. 2 Feb 2019, In: Health Expectations
  • Internet delivery of intensive speech and language therapy for children with cerebral palsy: A pilot randomised controlled trial, Pennington, L., Stamp, E., Smith, J., Kelly, H., Parker, N., Stockwell, K., Aluko, P., Othman, M., Brittain, K., Vale, L. Jan 2019, In: BMJ Open
  • Views of children with cerebral palsy and their parents on the effectiveness and acceptability of intensive speech therapy, Pennington, L., Rauch, R., Smith, J., Brittain, K. Jan 2019, In: Disability and Rehabilitation
  • Personalisation, customisation and bricolage, Gibson, G., Dickinson, C., Brittain, K., Robinson, L. 27 Jun 2018, In: Ageing and Society
  • Care home services at the vanguard, Stocker, R., Bamford, C., Brittain, K., Duncan, R., Moffatt, S., Robinson, L., Hanratty, B. 25 Mar 2018, In: BMJ Open
  • Is there a link between cognitive reserve and cognitive function in the oldest-old?, Lavrencic, L., Richardson, C., Harrison, S., Muniz-Terrera, G., Keage, H., Brittain, K., Kirkwood, T., Jagger, C., Robinson, L., Stephan, B. 14 Mar 2018, In: The Journal of Gerontology, Series A : Medical Sciences
  • Coping with cognitive impairment in people with Parkinson’s disease and their carers: a qualitative study, Lawson, R., Collerton, D., Taylor, J., Burn, D., Brittain, K. 22 Jan 2018, In: Parkinson's Disease
  • Care and Connect: exploring dementia-friendliness through an online community commissioning platform, Morrissey, K., Garbett, A., Wright, P., Olivier, P., Jenkins, E., Brittain, K. May 2017, 2017 ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
  • When walking becomes wandering – representing the fear of the fourth age?, Brittain, K., Degnen, C., Gibson, G., Dickinson, C., Robinson, L. Feb 2017, In: Sociology of Health and Illness
  • An investigation into the patterns of loneliness and loss in the oldest old – Newcastle 85+ Study, Brittain, K., Kingston, A., Davies, K., Collerton, J., Robinson, L., Kirkwood, T., Bond, J., Jagger, C. 1 Jan 2017, In: Ageing & Society


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