Diana has over 30 years’ experience as practitioner, researcher, and educator in the field of dementia. She is now an independent consultant on dementia and associate consultant at The Dementia Centre, HammondCare (Australia).
She was Research Fellow at the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships at the University of Edinburgh. Prior to that she was the Course Director for the MSc in Dementia Studies at the University of Stirling.
Her research focus was predominantly in the fields of dementia and learning disability and dementia. Diana is an advisor to service providers and planners who support people with dementia and people with a learning disability and dementia.
Diana has carried out research into supporting older people in care homes at night. This research has led to a renewed interest in night care, especially in relation to people with dementia.
Diana also has a lifelong interest and involvement with music making and has been advocating the use of music with people with dementia for many years. She is now involved with the provision of singing groups for people with dementia and their carers. She is the author of a number of publications on dementia and on learning disability and dementia, on the night time care of older people, and on music and dementia. Her work has been translated into Dutch, Chinese, Norwegian, German, Polish, and Spanish.
Diana lives in Edinburgh.