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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’

    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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