I am a researcher in Lab4Living, an interdisciplinary research cluster where I am Reader in Design and Creative Practice in Health. My research very much focuses on improving quality of life for older people and in the development of interventions to promote well-being for individuals living with a diagnosis of dementia and their families. I am particularly interested in the role that creativity and creative practice play in supporting communication and in promoting inclusion.
I am a National Teaching Fellow and was awarded a Fellowship from the College of Occupational Therapists in 2012, in recognition of my contribution to the profession. I have also been awarded the Higher Education Academy Health Science and Practice Award and currently hold three Inspirational Teaching Awards and the Vice Chancellor's Award for learning and teaching within my university.
My PhD has focused on visual methods in gerontological research and I welcome the opportunity to supervise students with an interest in visual methods, practice based research and all topics relating to older people and people with dementia.
I have taught across a number of programmes in the University including BSc and Master's provision in Occupational Therapy and the Masters in Design. I am supervisor on a PhD and am currently advisor on a Microsoft PhD focusing on dementia. I hold lectureships in Malta and Switzerland and have taught and undertaken research with colleagues and institutions in Lisbon, Canada, the Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark, Germany and Poland. I am external examiner for Coventry University.
Quality of life and well-being for older people, creativity and communication for people with dementia, visual methods in research, visual methods in research, critical artefacts.
Science, Technology and Arts
- Art and Design Research Centre
- Cultural Communication and Computing Research Institute
2015: Journeying through dementia: randomised controlled trial of clinical and cost effectiveness. NIHR HTA programme. £1,964,888 (Co-applicant)
InTact: (2014-18) (Insights into telecare and health technologies) Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (Co-applicant) in collaboration University of Sheffield (National Institute of Health Research) £129,000.00
Evidence based transformation CLARHC YH (2014-18) (co-applicant) in collaboration with University of Leeds, (National Institute of Health Research) £68,000.00
Exhibition in a Box (2014): Zhaw Institute, Zurich. HEA funded through National Teaching Fellowship, £3,000.00
Moving Stories (2013) Exploring the potential of art and film making to promote social inclusion for people with dementia (PI) £4,000 ADRC and Sheffield City Council.
ARTHOUSE (2011) : Using digital media and animation to explore the experiences of growing up and growing old in care. Engineering and Physical Science Research Council: £20,000 (PI)
Lifestyle Matters (2011-present): Randomised controlled trial. MRC Lifelong Health and Wellbeing: Total value £1,131,276.80 (Co-applicant), led by Sheffield University
Engagingaging (2010): British Council’s PMI CONNECT programme (co-applicant) £30,000.00
2008: European Life Long Learning grant for international curriculum development on creative approaches to social inclusion. Partners in Germany, Sweden, Heerlen and Amsterdam (250,000 euros)
Expert patient programme (2008): developing a self-management programme for people with dementia £10,000 (Co-applicant)
Well-Elderly study revisited (2004-6): Feasibility study: Health and Social Care Research Consortium: £50,000.00 (Co-applicant)
RUDMAN, D, POLLARD, Nicholas, CRAIG, Claire, KANTARTZIS, S, PISKUR, B, SIMO, S, VAN BRUGGEN, H and SCHILLER, S (2018). Contributing to social transformation through occupation : experiences from a Think Tank. Journal of Occupational Science.
CRAIG, Claire, CHAMBERLAIN, Paul and FISHER, Helen (2018). What do Life Cafes tell us about dying and end of life care. In: CHRISTER, Kirsty, CRAIG, Claire and WOLSTENHOLME, Dan, (eds.) Proceedings of the 5th European International Conference on Design4Health, Sheffield, UK, 4th – 6th September 2018. Sheffield, Sheffield Hallam University.
CRAIG, Claire (2018). What can practice learn from people living with dementia? In: Dementia Lab, Newcastle upon Tyne, 30th August 2018 - 31st August 2018. (Unpublished)
CRAIG, Claire (2017). Giving people living with dementia a strong voice: reflecting on the role of design to create enabling activities. In: Design4Health 2017. Proceedings of the 4th European Conference in Design4Health, Melbourne, 4-7 December 2017. Sheffield Hallam University. (In Press)
CRAIG, Claire and PEDELL, Sonja (2017). Technology in health and social care: a critical reflection from across two continents. In: Design4Health 2017. Proceedings of the 4th Conference in Design4Health, Melbourne, 4-7 December 2017. Sheffield Hallam University. (In Press)
CRAIG, Claire and CHAMBERLAIN, Paul (2017). Designing health technology: the ethical dimension. In: DASTBAZ, Mohammad, ARABNIA, Hamid and AKHGAR, Babak, (eds.) Technology for smart futures. London, Springer, 289-301.
CHATTERS, Robin, ROBERTS, Jennifer, MOUNTAIN, Gail, COOK, Sarah, WINDLE, Gill, CRAIG, Claire and SPRANGE, Kirsty (2017). The long-term (24-month) effect on health and well-being of the Lifestyle Matters community-based intervention in people aged 65 years and over: a qualitative study. BMJ Open, 7 (9), e016711.
MOUNTAIN, Gail, WINDLE, Gill, HIND, Daniel, WALTERS, Stephen, KEERTHARUTH, Anju, CHATTERS, Robin, SPRANGE, Kirsty, CRAIG, Claire, COOK, Sarah, LEE, Ellen, CHATER, Tim, WOODS, R, NEWBOULD, Louise, POWELL, Lauren, SHORTLAND, Katy and ROBERTS, Jennifer (2017). A preventative lifestyle intervention for older adults (lifestyle matters): a randomised controlled trial. Age and ageing, 46 (4), 627-634.
CRAIG, Claire (2017). Journeying through dementia: an occupational approach to supported self management. Manual. Sheffield, Sheffield Hallam university.
CRAIG, Claire and CHAMBERLAIN, Paul (2017). Behaviours: Design and behaviour change in health. In: TSEKLEVES, Emmanuel and COOPER, Rachel, (eds.) Design for health. Design for Social Responsibility . Abingdon, Routledge, 191-203.
CRAIG, Claire (2017). Imagined futures : designing future environments for the care of older people. In: European Academy of Design: Design for Next, Rome, 12th-14th April 2017. (Unpublished)
CRAIG, Claire (2017). Imagined futures: designing future environments for the care of older people. In: Proceedings of 12th European Academy of Design Conference : Design for Next. Taylor and Francis. (In Press)
CHAMBERLAIN, Paul and CRAIG, Claire (2017). HOSPITAbLe: Critical design and the domestication of healthcare. In: Research Through Design 2017 Proceedings. Research Through Design.
CRAIG, Claire L (2017). Book review: Design for care: innovating healthcare experience by Peter Jones. Design for Health, 1 (1), 146-148.
CRAIG, Claire (2017). Imagined futures: designing future environments for the care of older people. The Design Journal, 20 (Sup 1), S2336-S2347.
BATEMAN, Roger and CRAIG, Claire (2016). Design in the Real world. In: Cumulus Hong Kong 2016 : Open Design for E-very-thing - exploring new design purposes, Hong Kong, 21-24 November 2016. (Unpublished)
CHAMBERLAIN, P and CRAIG, Claire (2016). HOSPITAble: Domestication of healthcare. In: DESMET, Pieter, FOKKINGA, Steven, LUDDEN, Geke, CILA, Nazli and VAN ZUTHEM, Hester, (eds.) Celebration & Contemplation: Proceedings of the Tenth International Conference on Design and Emotion, Amsterdam, September 27-30, 2016. Amsterdam, Design & Emotion Society, 553-557. (Unpublished)
CHAMBERLAIN, Paul and CRAIG, Claire (2016). A design primer for the domestication of health technologies. In: LLOYD, Peter and BOHEMIA, Erik, (eds.) Proceedings of DRS2016: Design + Research + Society - Future-Focused Thinking. London, Design Research Society, 1499-1514.
CRAIG, Claire, GUBLER, Ursi and CHAMBERLAIN, Paul (2016). Exhibition in a box : uncovering occupational identity through objects. In: 40th College of Occupational Therapists Annual Conference, Harrogate, 28th-30th June 2016.
CRAIG, Claire (2016). Moving stories : using photography to understand the experiences of older people living in care homes. In: 1st COTEC-ENOTHE Congress, Galway, Ireland, 15-19 June 2016.
KANTARTZIS, Sarah, VAN BRUGGEN, Hanneke, CRAIG, Claire, PISKUR, Barbara, SCHILLER, Sandra, SIMO, Salvador and POLLARD, Nicholas (2016). Creating a think tank for occupation-based social transformation. In: 1st COTEC-ENOTHE Congress, Galway, Ireland, 15-19 June 2016.
CRAIG, Claire and FINLAY, Linda (2016). Working with groups. In: CURTIN, Michael, ADAMS, Jo and EGAN, Mary, (eds.) Occupational Therapy for People Experiencing Illness, Injury or Impairment, 7th ed. London, Elsevier. (In Press)
CHAMBERLAIN, Paul, CRAIG, Claire and DEXTER, Matt (2016). InTacT: Insights into Telehealth and Care Technologies. In: LANGDON, Pat, LAZAR, Jonathan, HEYLIGHEN, Ann and DONG, Hua, (eds.) Designing around people : CWUAAT 2016. Switzerland, Springer, 85-94.
SPRANGE, Kirsty, MOUNTAIN, Gail, SHORTLAND, Katy, CRAIG, Claire, BLACKBURN, Daniel, BOWIE, Peter, HARKNESS, Kirsty and SPENCER, Maggie (2015). Journeying through Dementia, a community-based self-management intervention for people aged 65 years and over : a feasibility study to inform a future trial. Pilot and Feasibility Studies, 1 (42).
LANGLEY, Joe, WOLSTENHOLME, Dan, CRAIG, Claire and CHAMBERLAIN, Paul (2015). EngagingAging : meaningful participation for older people in research and innovation. In: Innovation Learning Network Ageing Series (part of the Virtual Thursday programme), 20/08/2015. (Unpublished)
BATEMAN, Roger, CRAIG, Claire, HAWLEY, Glyn and STIRLING, Eve (2015). Learning beyond borders : pioneering interdisciplinary learning and teaching approaches to promote socially responsible design practices. In: Learning and Teaching Conference 2015, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, 25 June 2015. (Unpublished)
BATEMAN, Roger and CRAIG, Claire (2015). Developing interdisciplinary learning and teaching approaches to promote socially responsible design practices. In: In a planet of our own, Mumbai, India, 3rd-5th December 2015. (Submitted)
PHILLIPS, Mark, DULAKE, Nick, WILLOX, Matt, GWILT, Ian, CRAIG, Claire and AUTON, Kevin (2015). Home health monitoring – EyKos HealthHub (product design concept). [Artefact]
CRAIG, Claire (2014). Photography in care homes: methods for a revealing practice. SAGE Research Methods Cases.
SPRANGE, Kirsty, MOUNTAIN, Gail A., BRAZIER, John, COOK, Sarah, CRAIG, Claire, HIND, Daniel, WALTERS, Stephen J, WINDLE, Gill, WOODS, Robert, KEETHARUTH, Anju D, CHATER, Tim and HORNER, Kath (2013). Lifestyle Matters for maintenance of health and wellbeing in people aged 65 years and over: study protocol for a randomised controlled trial. Trials, 14 (1), p. 302.
CRAIG, Claire (2013). Fototherapie : Kreative Fotoarbeiten mit Jugendlichen, Erwachsenen und alten Menschen. Bern, Hans Huber.
CRAIG, Claire and KILLICK, John (2013). Kreativitat und Kommunikation bei Menschen mit Demenz. Bern, Hans Huber.
CRAIG, Claire, GWILT, Ian, LANGLEY, Joe and PARTRIDGE, Rebecca (2013). Thinking through design and rehabilitation. In: ENCARNAÇÃO, Pedro, AZEVEDO, Luís, GELDERBLOM, Gert Jan, NEWELL, Alan and MATHIASSEN, Niels-Erik, (eds.) Assistive technology : from research to practice. AAATE 2013. Assistive Technology Research Series (33). IOS Press, 798-803.
CRAIG, Claire and KILLICK, John (2012). Creativity and communication in persons with dementia : a practical guide. London, Jessica Kingsley.
CRAIG, Claire and PISKUR, Barbara (2012). Student perspectives on the development and evaluation of a joint international education to promote employability in Europe. Work: a journal of prevention, assessment and rehabilitation, 41 (4), 439-447.
MOUNTAIN, Gail and CRAIG, Claire (2012). What should be in a self-management programme for people with early dementia? Aging and Mental Health, 16 (5), 576-583.
CRAIG, Claire (2011). Creativity outdoors. In: GILLIARD, Jane and MARSHALL, Mary, (eds.) Transforming the quality of life for people with dementia through contact with the natural world : fresh air on my face. London, Jessica Kingsley, 116-126.
LANGLEY, Joseph, YOXALL, Alaster, CRAIG, Claire and REED, Heath (2011). Assisted Services - Physical support or psychological blow? In: Design 4 Health European Conference and Exhibition, Sheffield, UK, July 13-15.
MOUNTAIN, Gail and CRAIG, Claire (2011). The lived experience of redesigning lifestyle post retirement in the UK. Occupational Therapy International, 18 (1), 48-58.
KAMAT, Seri, YOXALL, Alaster, CRAIG, Claire, CARRE, Matt and ROWSON, Jenn (2010). Understanding grip choice and comfort whilst hoovering. Proceedings of World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology, 66, 1338-1343.
CRAIG, Claire and FINLAY, Linda (2010). Working with groups. In: CURTIN, Michael, MOLINEUX, Matthew and SUPYK, Jo-Anne, (eds.) Occupational Therapy and Physical Dysfunction, 6th ed. Churchill Livingstone, 253-264.
CRAIG, Claire (2009). Exploring the self through photography : activities for use in group work. London, Jessica Kingsley.
MOUNTAIN, Gail, MOZLEY, Caroline, CRAIG, Claire and BALL, Linda (2008). Occupational therapy led health promotion for older people : feasibility of the Lifestyle Matters Programme. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 7 (10), 406-413.
CRAIG, Claire and MOUNTAIN, Gail (2007). Lifestyle matters: an occupational approach to healthy ageing. Brackley, Speechmark.
CRAIG, Claire (2003). Morning coffee : revisiting the social aspects of eating. In: MARSHALL, Mary, (ed.) Food, glorious food : perspectives on food and dementia. London, Hawker Publications.
External examiner Coventry University
Steering group, Sheffield Dementia Action Alliance
Dr. Claire Craig is a Reader in design and creative practice in health and is Co-director of Lab4Living, an interdisciplinary research group which brings together designers, health care practitioners, engineers, psychologists with the aim of designing products, services and environments to improve the quality of life and well-being for individuals.
Claire's research focuses particularly on the role of the arts and creative practice in offering individuals living with dementia and their families an outlet for self-expression and a valued meaningful activity. She has written about this widely and her published books include: Creativity and Communication for people with dementia, Meaningful making, Celebrating the person and Creative Environments.
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