Dr Emma Wolverson

BSc (University of Hull)
ClinPsyD (University of Hull)

Email: emma.wolverson@dementiauk.org

Twitter: @EWolverson

About Emma

Emma joined Dementia UK as Research Lead in October 2022. She is also a Clinical Psychologist and Senior Lecturer in Ageing and Dementia at the University of Hull. Emma has worked with people with dementia and their families within the NHS since first qualifying as a psychologist in 2008.

Dr Emma Wolverson

Emma’s research responds to the urgent need to improve the support available to people with dementia and their families after diagnosis. She is particularly interested in times when people and families need greater support, such as during a mental health crisis or as a person reaches the end of their life.

Emma seeks to empower people with dementia in their carers to become partners in research and chairs two patient and public involvement groups for people with dementia and their carers.

Her projects employ a wide range of research methodologies and Emma has particular skills in stakeholder engagement and qualitative research methods. Emma is passionate about research that involves collaborative partners from across different disciplines. She is a co-investigator on a number of NIHR funded studies within mental health services, social care and community settings.


  • de Wolf-Linder, S., Reisinger, M., Gohles, E., Wolverson, E., Schubert, M., & Murtagh, F. E. (2022). Are nurses needs assessment methods robust enough to recognise palliative care needs in people with dementia? A scoping review. BMC nursing, 21(1), 1-28.
  • Bennett, J., Wolverson, E., & Price, E. (2022). Me, myself, and nature: living with dementia and connecting with the natural world–more than a breath of fresh air? A literature review. Dementia, 21(7), 2351-2376.
  • Smith, S., Wolverson, E., & Mountain, G. (2022). What is intended by the term ‘participation’and what does it mean to people living with dementia? A conceptual overview and directions for future research. Frontiers in Rehabilitation Sciences, 3.
  • Wolverson, E., Dunning, R., Crowther, G., Russell, G. and Underwood, B.R. (2022). The Characteristics and Outcomes of People with Dementia in Inpatient Mental Health Care: A Review. Clinical Gerontologist, pp.1-20. https://doi.org/10.1080/07317115.2022.2104145
  • Dunn, R., Clayton, E., Wolverson, E. & Hilton, A. (2022). Conceptualising comorbidity and multimorbidity in dementia: A scoping review and syndemic framework. Journal of Multimorbidity and Comorbidity, 12, 1–18.
  • Wolverson, E., Glover, L & Clappison, J. (2022). Self-care for Family Carers: Can the Alexander Technique help? Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, 46, 101546. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.ctcp.2022.101546
  • Wolverson, E., Dunn, R., Moniz-Cook, E. and Dunning, R. (2022). What do family carers think of the language used to describe changes in behaviour in dementia? Age and Ageing, 51, 1-8. https://doi.org/10.1093/ageing/afac047
  • Edmans, B.G., Wolverson, E., Dunning, R., Russell, G., Crowther, G., and Underwood, B.R. (2021). Inpatient psychiatric care for patients with dementia at four sites in the United Kingdom. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. http://doi.org/10.1002/gps.5658
  • Wolverson, E., White, C., Dunn, R., Cunnah, K., Howe, D., Paulson, K., Platt, R. and Thorpe, J. (2021). The use of a bespoke website developed for people with dementia and carers: Users’ experiences, perceptions and support needs. Dementia 21(1), 94-113. http://doi.org/10.1177/1471301219887592
  • Cunnah, K., Howe, D., Thorpe, J., Dunn, R., Platt, R., White, C., … & Wolverson, E. (2021). Training people with dementia/cognitive impairment and their carers in the use of web-based supportive technologies (Innovative practice). Dementia 20(2), 796–806. http://doi.org/10.1177/1471301219887592
  • Pearson, M., Clarke, C. and Wolverson, E. (2021) The meaning and experience of gratitude for people living with dementia. Dementia, 21(1), 335–352. http://doi.org/10.1177/14713012211040675
  • Wolverson, E., Dunn, R., Moniz-Cook, E., Gove, D. and Diaz-Ponce, A. (2021). The language of behaviour changes in dementia: A mixed methods survey exploring the perspectives of people with dementia. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 77 (4), 1992-2201. http://doi.org/10.1111/jan.14787
  • Sweeney, L., Wolverson, E., & Clarke, C. (2021). Understanding the shared experiences of creating a digital life story with individuals with dementia and their spouse. Dementia, 20(5), 1791-1813. http://.doi.org/10.1177/1471301220970403
  • Sweeney, L., Clarke, C., & Wolverson, E. (2021). The use of everyday technologies to enhance well-being and enjoyment for people living with dementia: A systematic literature review and narrative synthesis. Dementia, 20(4), 1470-1495. http://doi.org/10.1177/1471301220929534
  • White, C., Dunn, R., Wolverson, E., & Zafeiridi, E. (2020). The views of carers, people living with dementia and healthcare practitioners about the value of online information and peer support. International Journal of Care and Caring, 4 (4), 549-571. http://doi.org/10.1332/239788220X15934528490504
  • Buggins, S. L., Clarke, C. & Wolverson, E. (2021). Resilience in older people living with dementia–A narrative analysis. Dementia, 20(4), 1234–1249. http://doi.org/10.1177/14713012209276141471301220927614
  • Clarke, C., Woods, B., Moniz-Cook, E., Mountain, G., Øksnebjerg, L., Chattat, R. … & Wolverson, E. (2020). Measuring the well-being of people with dementia: a conceptual scoping review. Health and Quality of Life Outcomes, 18(1), 1-14. http://doi.org/10.1186/s12955-020-01440-x
  • Hickman, H., Clarke, C., & Wolverson, E. (2020). A qualitative study of the shared experience of humour between people living with dementia and their partners. Dementia, 19(6), 1794-1810. https://doi.org/10.1177%2F1471301218805895
  • Conway, L., Wolverson, E., & Clarke, C. (2020). Shared Experiences of Resilience Amongst Couples Where One Partner Is Living With Dementia—A Grounded Theory Study. Frontiers in Medicine, 7, 219. http://doi.org/10.3389/fmed.2020.00219
  • Heap, C. J., & Wolverson, E. (2020). Intensive Interaction and discourses of personhood: A focus group study with dementia caregivers. Dementia, 19(6), 2018-2037. https://doi.org/10.1177%2F1471301218814389
  • Howe, D., Thorpe, J., Dunn, R., White, C., Cunnah, K., Platt, R. … & Wolverson, E. (2020). The CAREGIVERSPRO-MMD Platform as an Online Informational and Social Support Tool for People Living With Memory Problems and Their Carers: An Evaluation of User Engagement, Usability and Usefulness. Journal of Applied Gerontology, 39(12), 1303-1312. http://doi.org/10.1177/0733464819885326