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Wolfson Institute of Population Health

Jessica Budgett


Programme Manager and Research Associate



I joined the Unit for Psychological Medicine at the Centre for Psychiatry and Mental Health in February 2023 as a Programme Manager and Research Associate. Prior to this I was at the Department of Psychiatry at University College London.

I am a mixed method researcher and main interests include non-pharmaceutical interventions for people with dementia, support for family carers of people with dementia, dementia prevention interventions, developing personalised outcome measures, and implementation science. I am in my final year of my part time PhD based at University College London.

I have been awarded research funding as a Principal Investigator from the NIHR Three Schools Dementia Programme to lead an implementation study of the NIDUS-Family support programme to see how it works within health and social care services in England.

I also co-ordinate the Unit of Psychological Medicine research seminars and act as centre development executive committee representative.


Research Interests:

I currently manage the NIDUS (New Interventions for Independence in Dementia) programme within the Alzheimer’s Society QMUL Centre of Excellence for Independence at Home. NIDUS-Family and NIDUS-Professional have developed a new way of delivering psychosocial support to people living with dementia at home and their family and paid carers.

My PhD is embedded within the NIDUS study and aims to explore the methods and validity of Goal Attainment Scaling (GAS) as a primary outcome measure for psychosocial interventions within dementia care. I am funded by the Alzheimer’s Society’s NIDUS programme grant and supervised by Professor Claudia Cooper (QMUL), Dr Andrew Sommerlad (UCL) and Dr Nuriye Kupeli (UCL).


Latest 5 publications:

  1. Budgett, J., Sommerlad, A., Kupeli, N., Zabihi, S., Rockwood, K., & Cooper, C. (2023). Personalised goals of people living with dementia and family carers: a content analysis of goals set within an individually tailored psychosocial intervention trial.
  2. Budgett, J., Sommerlad, A., Kupeli, N., Zabihi, S., Olsen, A., & Cooper, C. (2023). Setting individualised goals for people living with dementia and their family carers: a systematic review of goal-setting outcome measures and their psychometric properties. Accepted for publication in Dementia.
  3. Renouf, P., Budgett, J., Wyman, D., Banks, S., Poppe, M., & Cooper, C. (2023). Non-clinically trained facilitators’ experiences of remote psychosocial interventions for older adults with memory loss and their family carers. BJPsych Open, 9(5), E174. doi:10.1192/bjo.2023.558
  4. Wyman, D. L., Butler, L., Bright, P., Morgan-Trimmer, S., Budgett, J., & Cooper, C. (2022). A systematic review of process evaluations for psychosocial interventions designed to improve the wellbeing and quality of life of community-dwelling people with dementia and their carers. International journal of geriatric psychiatry, 37(12), 10.1002/gps.5828.
  5. Budgett, J., & Cooper, C. (2021). Designing meaningful dementia care. International psychogeriatrics, 33(6), 547–549.


I regularly provide supervision and placements for MSc students as well as providing placements for In2Research students. I currently line manage three research assistants, one PhD student and one post doctorate research associate.

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