Brendan Hallam (2019 Cohort)

Brendan Hallam


About Me: I completed my BSc undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of Chichester, where my dissertation investigated cross-cultural differences in response styles to Likert-type questionnaires. Since graduating in 2014 I have worked within the field of dementia across the NHS, private health sector, third sector and in academia – both at UCL and at the National Ageing Research Institute (NARI) in Melbourne, Australia. Within the last year, I came back to UCL to complete the Clinical Mental Health Sciences MSc where I conducted a systematic review attempting to outline the neural correlates of Anosognosia and meta-cognition in people living with Alzheimer’s Disease. Overall, for the last nine years I have had experience of working or studying within mental health and dementia. Over the next 3 years I will be completing my PhD at the UCL Research Department of Primary Care & Population Health.

My Research: I am a full-time PhD student based in the UCL Research Department of Primary Care & Population Health, jointly funded by ESRC UBEL DTP and NIHR. The PhD is embedded within the APPLE-Tree programme: Active Prevention in People at risk of dementia: Lifestyle, bEhaviour change and Technology to REducE cognitive and functional decline, led by Prof Claudia Cooper. The PhD is a mixed methods study on reducing dementia risk in UK Primary Care. Comparisons of NHS treatment across people who are at higher and lower risk of developing dementia are explored to outline how active dementia preventative care could be optimised in UK Primary Care. The second part of the PhD will be qualitative semi-structured interviews with people at high risk of developing dementia to explore the barriers and facilitators to engaging in these dementia prevention strategies (such as, increasing exercise, managing cardiovascular risk and addressing social isolation).

The difference my research makes: The aim will be to provide recommendations on how active dementia preventative care could be optimised in UK Primary Care. This research may then potentially benefit those implementing policy around health care. Additionally, it may provide guidance to clinicians and GPs within the primary care sector regarding the most suitable treatment recommendations for active dementia prevention to people with high risk of developing dementia and their families. Therefore, the most important and ambitious implication is to slow cognitive decline and reduce the risk of people developing dementia; by providing further knowledge into how active dementia preventative care could be optimised in UK Primary Care.

SupervisorsProf Kate Walters, Prof Claudia Cooper, Prof Irene Petersen, Dr Christina Avgerinou

Kinnunen, K. M., Rapaport, P., Webster, L., Barber, J., Kyle, S. D., Hallam, B., … & Espie, C. A. (2018). A manual-based intervention for carers of people with dementia and sleep disturbances: an acceptability and feasibility RCT. Health Technology Assessment. 22(71), 1-408. DOI:

Rapaport, P., Webster, L., Horsley, R., Kyle, S. D., Kinnunen, K. M., Hallam, B., … & Livingston, G. (2018). An intervention to improve sleep for people living with dementia: Reflections on the development and co-production of DREAM: START (Dementia Related Manual for Sleep: STrAtegies for RelaTives). Dementia, 17(8), 976-989.                    DOI:

Livingston, G., Barber, J. A., Kinnunen, K. M., Webster, L., Kyle, S. D., Cooper, C., Espie, C., Hallam, B., … & Rapaport, P. (2018). DREAMS-START (Dementia Related Manual for Sleep; Strategies for Relatives) for people with dementia and sleep disturbances: a single-blind feasibility and acceptability randomized controlled trial. International psychogeriatrics, 1-15.  DOI:

Goh, A. M., Gaffy, E., Hallam, B., & Dow, B. (2018). An update on dementia training programmes in home and community care. Current opinion in psychiatry, 31(5), 417-423.    DOI:

Pathway: Mental health and Mental health care

Location: UCL Research Department of Primary Care & Population Health, Royal Free Hospital