Emma Conway

PhD student, Aging, Health and Well-being

Emma Conway


PhD Aging, Health and Well-being


Carrie McAiney, PhD 

My thesis

People with dementia often experience challenges communicating their experiences, which can impact their ability to participate in research. Adapted or modified research methods are needed to better promote the accessibility of research for people with dementia. My thesis examines the current use of adapted or modified research methods to engage people with dementia in research and examines two techniques for their utility in improving the engagement of people with dementia in research. My thesis contributes to the understanding of adapted and modified methods to engage with people with dementia in research. Further, my thesis evaluates the potential of projective interviewing techniques for improving the engagement of people with dementia in qualitative research. Improving accessible research opportunities for people with dementia to share their experiences is essential for recognizing the human rights of people with dementia to have equal opportunities to participate.

My time at the School of Public Health Sciences 

The School of Public Health Sciences has been a supportive and engaging environment where I have been able to explore my research interests, learn new skills, and collaborate with graduate students and faculty. While I haven’t spent much time on campus due to the pandemic, my supervisor and fellow graduate students have fostered a positive learning atmosphere – no matter the location. I’m truly proud to say that I studied in the SPHS, and I will be forever grateful to my supervisor and committee members for their dedication to my growth as a researcher. 

Links to external sources 

You can reach me on Twitter: @emmaconwayuw

In their own words: How COVID-19 has impacted the well-being of persons living with dementia in the community