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Dr Amy Drahota

  • Role Title: Ageing Network Facilitator
  • Address: Faculty of Science Science Faculty Office St. Michael's Building White Swan Road Portsmouth PO1 2DT
  • Telephone: 023 92 844432
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  • Department: Faculty of Science
  • Faculty: Faculty of Science


Prior to my current position, I was a Research Fellow in the School of Health Sciences & Social Work, and on a part-time secondment to the UK Cochrane Centre as a lecturer in systematic reviews. My research has primarily been in healthcare environments with a focus on the ageing population. My PhD was a mixed methods study including a randomised controlled trial (RCT) on audiovisual distraction for pain and anxiety relief, focus groups, interviews, and a systematic review.

Prior to this, I undertook an MSc in Psychological Research Methods (distinction), and BSc (Hons) in Psychology (2:1). My most recent research has included a pilot cluster RCT on shock absorbing flooring for fall-related injury prevention and collaboration on a study of falls in dementia care wards. I also have enjoyed working with the Cochrane Collaboration on training materials in research methods, including developing a suite of online learning materials, and I have been involved in the development of the Cochrane Collaboration’s risk of bias tool for cluster RCTs.

I now work across the University and with the wider academic, business, and social communities, to help grow activities in the field of ageing across all academic disciplines, including research, innovation, teaching and community outreach. 

Teaching Responsibilities

I have taught as a guest lecturer on a range of undergraduate, taught postgraduate and doctoral level courses within the School of Health Sciences and Social Work and elsewhere in the University. My teaching is mainly in the area of research methods and evidence based practice, as well as in the field of my research (e.g. for ‘The Older Adult in Acute Healthcare’ unit in the BSc (Hons) Acute Clinical Healthcare).

I have also taught and tutored on continued professional development programmes, such as the ‘Putting Evidence into Practice’ course for allied health professionals and healthcare scientists, and via my previous secondment role to the UK Cochrane Centre, where I developed and ran workshops across the UK and Ireland on systematic review methods, as well as internationally at the annual Cochrane Colloquium.


My research interests primarily lie in the fields of ageing and health and social care environments.

Projects have included:

  • The HIP-HOP Flooring Study: Helping Injury Prevention in Hospitalised Older People.
  • The PEOPPLE Project: Putting Evidence for Older People into Practice in Living Environments.
  • NIHR Physical Environments study exploring the design of dementia care wards to create falls prevention design toolkit.
  • Undertaking systematic reviews

Research profile

Explore my research profile, publications and activities on the Portsmouth Research Portal

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