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Carol Cooper

Dr Carol Cooper RMN, PGDipEd, BMedSci, DMedSci

Senior Lecturer


I am a lecturer, researcher and practitioner in the field of mental health nursing and have a special interest in Dementia care. My career spans over 30 years and older peoples mental health has been the focus of this throughout my work as a nurse, lecturer and researcher.

  • About

    After qualifying as a nurse I worked in a variety of mental health settings caring for older people. As my career progressed I continued to avail myself of learning opportunities and short courses to enhance my theoretical as well as clinical skills and knowledge. My first degree led to me becoming acknowledged as a specialist community mental health nurse for older people.

    Following this I secured a joint appointment with my local Mental Health trust and the University where my skills as an educator and researcher were further developed. I have worked as an educator for the last 18 years during which time I completed my latest research for my doctorate. I am currently interested in the use of robotics for people with dementia.

  • Teaching

    BSc Nursing, PG Dip

    I teach in many modules at all levels as well as post qualification modules.

  • Research

    My research interests include:

    • Dementia

    • Older Peoples Mental Health

    • Problem based learning

    I am currently involved in the:

    • Investigation into the use of robots in dementia care in collaboration with Professor Jacques Penders, Head of Centre for Automation and Robotics Research

    • Evaluation of the Doncaster Admiral Nurse Service

  • Publications

    Cooper, C (2013) Problem-based Learning and Mental Health nursing: A constructivist grounded theory, University of Sheffield accessed on 6/5/14 at

    Cooper, C ( 2011) Mental Health Nurse Education: One recipe for success in Celebrating the Past and Embracing the Future: 'Evolution and Innovation in Problem-based Learning’

    PIERCY, Hilary, FOWLER-DAVIS, Sally, COOPER, Carol and DUNHAM, Margaret (2018). Evaluation of an integrated service delivering post diagnostic care and support for people with dementia and their families. Health and Social Care in the Community.

    BREEZE, Jayne, COOPER, Carol, KYDD, Angela, MONKS, Suzanne, TURNER, James, SKILBECK, Julie and WILSON, Eleanor (2018). Palliative and end-of-life care in mental health. In: WRIGHT, Karen and MCKEOWN, Mick, (eds.) Essentials of Mental Health Nursing. Sage.

    COOPER, Carol, PROCTER, Paula and PENDERS, Jacques (2016). Dementia and robotics: people with advancing dementia and their carers driving an exploration into an engineering solution to maintaining safe exercise regimes. In: SERMEUS, Walter, PROCTER, Paula and WEBSTER, Patrick, (eds.) Nursing informatics 2016, eHealth for all : entry level collaboration - from project to realization. Studies in Health Technology and Informatics (225). IOS Press, 545-552.

    COOPER, Carol and CARVER, Neil (2012). Problem based learning in mental health nursing : the students experience. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing., 21 (2), 175-183.

    Cooper C & Gunstone, S. (2007) Developing Problem-based Learning (PBL) for a Pre-registration Mental Health Nursing Programme in Teaching Mental Health, Stickley & Bassett (eds) Wiley, Chichester.

  • Post graduate supervision

    Although I am yet to supervise a doctoral student I have been involved in assessing doctoral students work and was an examiner for one student.

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