Professor Richard Cheston

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About me

Before I started working at UWE Bristol in 2012, I worked for over 20 years as a Consultant Clinical Psychologist in the NHS, working across different teams and services all of whom provided care for older people with mental health needs. Until the start of the pandemic I continued to work for half a day a week at the RICE memory clinic in Bath providing a clinic for people living with dementia to help them to adjust to the condition.

At UWE I lead the ACTIoN theme within CHCR and chair the research workstream of the Bristol Dementia Health Integration Team.

I have published four books as well as over 100 papers, book chapters and journal articles, details of which can be found on my Google scholar profile or my Research Gate profile.

Area of expertise

My research focuses on a number of areas:

  • Understanding how people living with dementia respond to the existential threat to their identity that this represents;
  • Using psychological interventions including psychotherapy to mitigate this threat;
  • Developing the Living Well with Dementia or LivDem post-diagnostic course;
  • Ensuring that dementia services in Bristol meet the needs of people from different communities; and
  • Enhancing the dementia care pathway to meet the needs of people from south Asian communities.


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