Becky Field

Research Associate

School of Health and Related Research

Medicine, Dentistry and Health

Research Expertise:

  • Working with people with dementia and their carers, older people, people with cognitive difficulties.
  • Occupational Therapy.
  • Qualitative Research Methods.


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I am an Occupational Therapist now working in dementia research. I joined the  University of Sheffield in 2013 as a Research Associate having completed an MSc in Clinical Research, as part of the NIHR clinical academic training pathway. I am now also studying for a PhD part time. Prior to training as an Occupational Therapist, I was a researcher at London Lighthouse (a voluntary sector HIV/AIDS organisation), and research assistant for the Sexual Health Programme, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Current Research Projects:

  • Valuing Active Life in Dementia (VALID) research programme – funded by the NIHR (RPG 0610-10108). VALID is evaluating a community occupational therapy intervention for people with mild to moderate dementia and their family caregivers. This involves a randomised control trial of the intervention versus usual care within the NHS. 
  • PhD  –  supported by the VALID programme and the University of Sheffield. I am researching what helps people living with dementia and their family carers be ready to take part in psychosocial (i.e.non drug based) interventions after diagnosis. I am using qualitative methods. Supervisors:  Professor Gail Mountain and Dr Lizzie Coates