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Dr Claire L Craig FCOT, NTF, PhD, MA, BA, BSc

Co-Director, Lab4Living


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.

  • About

    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.

  • Teaching

    Science, Technology and Arts

  • Research

    • 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)

  • Publications

  • Other activities

    External examiner Coventry University
    Steering group, Sheffield Dementia Action Alliance

  • Media

    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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