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Prof Katie Brittain


Department: Nursing, Midwifery & Health

Katie is Professor of Ageing & Health in the Department of Nursing, Midwifery & Health.  Katie is a Social Gerontologist and has an educational background in Sociology.  This has enabled her to pursue her research interests in the social impact that illness can have on the lives of older people. Before joining Northumbria University Katie worked at Newcastle University for sixteen years.  During her time as a researcher she has researched and published widely around the impact of ill health on older people and carers. More recently her work has focused around how aspects of the physical, social and technological environment pose challenges and opportunities for older people and their wider community.

Key areas of expertise:

  • Social Gerontology
  • Assistive Technologies & Ageing
  • Dementia
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Evaluation
Katie Brittain

Campus Address

Room B128 Coach Lane Campus West
Northumbria University
Newcastle upon Tyne


Social Research PhD June 30 2005

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Creating Age-Friendly Communities: Housing and Technology, van Hoof, J., Marston, H., Brittain, K., Barrie, H. 3 Nov 2019, In: Healthcare (Basel, Switzerland)
  • Framing the failure of medical implants, Maniatopoulos, G., Hopkins, C., Joyce, T., Brittain, K. 1 Jun 2019, In: Health Expectations
  • Internet delivery of intensive speech and language therapy for children with cerebral palsy: A pilot randomised controlled trial, Pennington, L., Stamp, E., Smith, J., Kelly, H., Parker, N., Stockwell, K., Aluko, P., Othman, M., Brittain, K., Vale, L. Jan 2019, In: BMJ Open
  • Paramedic information needs in end-of-life care: a qualitative interview study exploring access to a shared electronic record as a potential solution, Patterson, B., Standing, H., Lee, M., Dalkin, S., Lhussier, M., Exley, C., Brittain, K. 5 Dec 2019, In: BMC Palliative Care
  • Personalisation, customisation and bricolage, Gibson, G., Dickinson, C., Brittain, K., Robinson, L. Nov 2019, In: Ageing and Society
  • Views of children with cerebral palsy and their parents on the effectiveness and acceptability of intensive speech therapy, Pennington, L., Rauch, R., Smith, J., Brittain, K. 29 Mar 2019, In: Disability and Rehabilitation
  • Care home services at the vanguard, Stocker, R., Bamford, C., Brittain, K., Duncan, R., Moffatt, S., Robinson, L., Hanratty, B. 25 Mar 2018, In: BMJ Open
  • Coping with cognitive impairment in people with Parkinson’s disease and their carers: a qualitative study, Lawson, R., Collerton, D., Taylor, J., Burn, D., Brittain, K. 8 Apr 2018, In: Parkinson's Disease
  • Is there a link between cognitive reserve and cognitive function in the oldest-old?, Lavrencic, L., Richardson, C., Harrison, S., Muniz-Terrera, G., Keage, H., Brittain, K., Kirkwood, T., Jagger, C., Robinson, L., Stephan, B. 14 Mar 2018, In: The Journal of Gerontology, Series A : Medical Sciences
  • An investigation into the patterns of loneliness and loss in the oldest old – Newcastle 85+ Study, Brittain, K., Kingston, A., Davies, K., Collerton, J., Robinson, L., Kirkwood, T., Bond, J., Jagger, C. 1 Jan 2017, In: Ageing & Society


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