Emily Spencer, narrating her blog written for the Dementia Researcher website.
Emily is a second-year PhD student at University College London (and our newest staff blogger), in this blog she provide an intorudction, sharing her unconventional academic journey and experiences as a researcher and soon-to-be parent.
Growing up as the 'academic' one in a large family, Emily's route to academia was not straightforward. She casually chose to study Psychology at Bath, which led to valuable research experience and a publication. After various jobs ranging from a research administrator to working in a psychiatric hospital and as a musician, Emily returned to research during the pandemic. Now at UCL, she's working on a PhD about communication in advance care planning for people with dementia, documenting her experiences in research and her personal life, including her pregnancy, in real time in her future blogs.
Emily Spencer is a PhD Student at University College London looking at improving how GPs communicate with people with dementia and their family carers about their future care. Emily previous had a 5 year career break to pursue a career as a muscian, and has previously undertaken research on improving the care people with dementia receive from their GP practice, as well as end-of-life and palliative care provision in the community. Emily is also a new mum and will be writing about her experiences navigating motherhood and a research career.