School of Health Sciences and Social Work


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Dia Soilemezi

  • Role Title: Research Adviser
  • Address: St Michael's Building (room 1.18) White Swan Road Portsmouth PO1 2DT
  • Telephone: 023 92 844420
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  • Department: SHSSW
  • Faculty: Faculty of Science


I have recently submitted my PhD in Health Sciences and Social Work, which investigated the role of the home environment in dementia care. My PhD gave me expertise in qualitative methods by conducting two studies: (a) primary qualitative research and (b) a systematic review of qualitative studies (protocol is published here).

Prior to commencing my PhD, I worked as a Research Associate in both qualitative (PEOPPLE Project: a community driven study investigating the unmet needs of older people in Portsmouth via a series of focus groups and individual interviews) and quantitative projects (HIPHOP study: a national cluster randomised controlled trial on the effectiveness of a shock-absorbing flooring in UK acute hospital wards). Before embarking on research, I worked for the NHS initially as a support worker and later as an assistant psychologist supporting adults and elderly with mental health problems in Brighton and Portsmouth. I have also briefly worked as a project worker implementing European integration projects focusing on educating and work training of ex-drug addicts in Athens (Greece).

My educational background is in Psychology. I graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Psychology from the University of Crete (Greece) in 2001 and I have a MSc in Health Psychology from Sussex University in 2002.


My current research interests are: dementia; meaning of home; family carers; healthcare environments; ageing and later life; falls and injuries.

My main research interests lie within the field of dementia and particularly family care of people with dementia. I am also interested in the meaning of home and how it might change throughout the lifespan and especially in relation to health and care at home. I'm interested in using naturalistic methods, such as walking interviews. Currently, I hold a part-time post as a Research Fellow and I am involved in preparatory writing of a national research proposal on preventing injurious falls in hospitals, liaising with funding bodies and NHS professionals, and preparing publications.


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