The ACTInG research network brings together senior and earlier career researchers to discuss their work on a monthly basis. If you would like to present your research, please email us with with an outline of your presentation.

We are also looking for members for our reference group to give us input and feedback on our early stage research.

Current ACTInG Group Members

Prof Eef Hogervorst

Eef Hogervorst did her PhD in at the University of Maastricht on the modelling of age-related cognitive decline. She subsequently worked at the Universities of Oxford (1998-2005), Arkansas Medical Sciences USA and Cambridge as a neuropsychologist and epidemiologist to investigate risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease and age-related cognitive decline.

Dr Saul Albert

Saul is a lecturer in social sciences (social psychology) in the communication and media group at Loughborough University. His current research project: ‘Adept at Adaptation‘ looks at how disabled people and their personal assistants interact with virtual assistants and other ‘smart home’ systems in a domestic care setting.

Manisha Jain

Manisha Jain

A current PhD student, with a background in psychology and mental health research. Research interests include improving quality of life for people living with dementia. 

Prof Elizabeth Peel

Prof Elizabeth Peel

Elizabeth Peel is Professor of Communication and Social Interaction, School of Social Sciences and Humanities, Loughborough University. A critical social psychologist, they held a British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship Dementia Talking: Care, Conversation and Communication. Books include Critical Kinship Studies (2016) and Psychologies of Ageing (2018).

Dr. Thom Wilcoxon

Dr Thom Wilcockson

Thom Wilcockson uses eye tracking techniques in order to understand the cognition of a number of different patient groups. His research has enabled him to work with substance abuse, behavioural addictions, learning deficits, eating disorders, neurodegenerative diseases, and neurological disorders. Thom is interested in attention, attentional bias, automaticity, inhibitory control, and saccadic eye movements.

Lauren Bridgstock

Lauren Bridgstock is working on a PhD in Sociology at the University of Nottingham. She previously studied Forensic Psychology (BSc/MSc) at the University of Central Lancashire.

Dr David Maidment

Dr David Maidment is a Lecturer in Psychology within the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences at Loughborough University. His research involves the development and evaluation of novel digital interventions to increase physical activity in adults with disabilities, including hearing loss.

Felicity Slocombe

Felicity Slocombe is studying how identity is managed interactionally by people living with dementia and their family and carers, as well as the impacts of media representations upon identity.

Dr Christian Morgner

Christian is a Senior Lecturer in Cultural and Creative Industries at the University of Sheffield. His research lies within fields like complexity studies, network analysis and creative practices, with a particular focus on diversity and inclusivity.



Ahmad is a PhD student at Loughborough University, He did his MSc in the Internet of Things, His research interest focuses on applying the technology to optimise the indoor thermal comfort and air quality for People with Dementia (PwD), and creating low energy, sustainable, and affordable dementia-friendly home.

Barbara Balocating Dunn

Barbara is a Doctoral Researcher at Loughborough University with a background in Architecture and Human Factors for Inclusive Design. Her PhD interests focus on applying human factors/ergonomics to the design approaches for new build homes in the UK by developing inclusive design guidelines to support home adaptations for people living at home with dementia.

Dr Christian Füllgrabe

Christian graduated from the University of Paris – René Descartes in 2005 with a PhD in Psychology; he also holds a University Diploma in “Implantable hearing prostheses” (2003) from the University of Paris – Pierre and Marie Curie. From 2005 to 2010, he worked as a Fyssen Foundation and Marie-Curie Intra-European post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Cambridge. 

Ahmet Begde

Ahmet is a PhD student with a background in physical therapy and occupational therapy.  Ahmet is interested in dual-task exercise and eye movement training to improve independent living for people with stroke and dementia.

Lauren Hall

Lauren is a PhD student at Loughborough University. She is interested in interactions in care settings using assistive technologies.

Maria Goodwin

Maria is a doctoral researcher in the SSEHS at Loughborough University with an MSc (stage 1 training) in Health Psychology from UCL. Her research looks at the associations between hearing loss, cognition, and engagement in physical and social activities.

Dr. Alison 


Dr. Alison Kahn is Visiting Fellow in Digital Learning Systems at SSEHS, Loughborough University. She is Director of a Cultural Heritage, Education and AI Think Tank for a digital archive management company. ” Her recent projects are:
Digital Children: a cross-cultural study of on-line educational resources for Children (Under 18s), Primary Care Givers and Educators.
The Museum of the Invisiblea methodology for digital communication of non-Western artifacts to source communities. See “Conversation Pieces: How Digital Technologies might Reinvigorate and reveal the Social Lives of Objects