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Professor Gail Mountain

PositionProfessor of Applied Dementia Research, Director of the Centre for Applied Dementia Studies
DepartmentCentre for Applied Dementia Studies
Telephone01274 236657


Gail Mountain is Professor of Applied Dementia Research and Director of the Centre for Applied Dementia Studies. Gail is also an occupational therapist; having practiced for 13 years before becoming involved in research.

Gail’s research interests are focussed upon improving the quality of life of older people through provision of appropriate interventions, good design and by facilitating participation, reflecting her occupational therapy background. She also has significant expertise in research impact, having previously led a programme of impact activities for the EPSRC.

Dementia is a longstanding clinical and research interest; Gail is currently leading a 12 site NIHR HTA trial to examine the clinical and cost effectiveness of a multi component psychosocial intervention for people with early dementia. She is co-applicant for the NIHR/ ESRC Promoting Independence in Dementia research programme which involves development and evaluation of a brief intervention for people with dementia following diagnosis and also for the NIHR HTA funded Finch study which is examining the effectiveness of a falls intervention programme in care homes. Gail remains interested in how new technologies might assist people to live well with dementia and how outcome measures need to change to enable people with dementia to report positive experiences in the moment.

Study History

1999: Doctor of Philosophy, the University of Leeds.

1990: Master of Philosophy, the University of Leeds. 

1976: Diploma of the College of Occupational Therapists, Derby School of Occupational Therapy

Professional History

HPC registered: occupational therapists board

Research Areas

  • Development and testing of interventions for people with early stage dementia
  • Design and dementia
  • Outcome measures for use in psychosocial dementia research and in practice
  • Potential of technology in promoting living well with dementia
  • Healthy ageing


Current Projects

2015: Journeying through dementia: randomised controlled trial of clinical and cost effectiveness.   NIHR HTA programme. £1,964,888 (PI)

2015: Development of a consensus for a standardised ‘Core’ Outcome Data Set for Dementia clinical trials.  NIHR HTA programme £49,990 (Co-I)

2014: Dementia Outcome Measures: charting new territory.  Joint programme for Neurodegenerative Disease Research; working groups to inform cohort studies in neurodegenerative research, 49,462.00 euro (PI)

2013: Promoting independence in dementia PRIDE. ESRC/ NIHR dementia initiative, £3,6000,000 (Co-I)

2013: NIHR Collaboration for applied health research and care Yorkshire and Humber. £10M (Co-I for technology and frailty themes)


Research Collaborations

2014 onwards: Visiting Professor; Institute of Nursing and Health Research, University of Ulster

2009 - 2016: Visiting Professor; Faculties of Health and Wellbeing and Arts, Computing and Science, Sheffield Hallam University


A Sample of Recent Publications


Wenborn J, Hynes S, Moniz-Cook E, Mountain G, Poland F, King M, Omar R, Morris S, Challis D, Michie S, Russell I, Sackley C, Graff M, O’Keefe A, Crellin N & Orrell M (2016)  Community occupational therapy for people with dementia and family carers (COTiD-UK) versus treatment as usual (Valuing Active Life in Dementia [VALID] programme): study protocol for a randomised controlled trial. Trials, 17:65, DOI: 10.1186/s13063-015-1150-y

Baxter  S, Johnson  M, Payne  N, Buckley-Woods  H, Blank  L, Hock  E, Daley  A, Taylor A, Pavey  T, Mountain  G & Goyder  E (2016) Promoting and maintaining physical activity in the transition to retirement: a systematic review of interventions for adults around retirement age.  International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity 13:12 DOI: 10.1186/s12966-016-0336-3

Mawson S, Nasr N, Parker J, Davies R, Zheng H & Mountain G (2016) Personalized Self-Management Rehabilitation System with an Intelligent Shoe for Stroke Survivors: A Realist Evaluation,  JMIR Rehabilitation and Assistive Technologies 3(1)

Attard C, Mountain G & Romano DM (2016) Problem solving, confidence and frustration when carrying out familiar tasks on non-familiar mobile devices.  Computers in Human Behavior, 61, 3000-312.        


Nijenhuis SM, Prange GB, Amirabdollahian F, Sale P, Infarinato F, Nasr N, Mountain G,

Hermens HJ, Stienen AHA, Buurke JH &  Johan S. Rietman (2015) Feasibility study into self-administered training at home using an arm and hand device with motivational gaming environment in chronic strokeJournal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation 12 (1), DOI: 10.1186/s12984-015-0080-y

Mountain G, Gossage¿Worrall R, Cattan M & Bowling A (2015) Only available to a selected few? Is it feasible to rely on a volunteer workforce for complex intervention delivery? Health and Social Care in the Community, 85. doi: 10.1111/hsc.12285

Nasr N, Leon B, Mountain G, Nijenhuis SM, Prange G, Sale P & Amirabdollahian F (2015) The experience of living with stroke and using technology: opportunities to engage and co-design with end users. Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, 1-8

Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, 1-8

Orellano-Colón EM, Mountain GA, Rosario m, Colón ZM &Acevedo (2015) Environmental Restrictors to Occupational Participation in Old Age: Exploring Differences across Gender in Puerto Rico. Int J Environ Res Public Health, 12(9): 11288–11303

Bangar S, Mountain G & Cudd P (2015) Assistive Technology: Creating and Engaging Collaborative Communities. Studies in Health Technology and Informatics 217, 730-735

Mountain G, Gomersall T & Taylor J (2015) Future of an ageing population evidence review; Developing medical fitness and wellbeing environments to maintain health and wellbeing over the lifecourse.  Crown Copyright.


Taylor, J. Coates, E., Brewster, L., Mountain, G, Wessels, B. and Hawley, M. (2014) Examining the use of  telehealth in community nursing: identifying factors affecting frontline staff acceptance and telehealth adoption. Journal of Advanced Nursing.  June 2014, DOI: 10.1111/jan.12480

Orellano EM, Mountain G, Varas N & Labault N (2014) Occupational Competence Strategies in Old Age: A Mixed-Methods Comparison Between Hispanic Women With Different Levels of Daily Participation OTJR: occupation, participation and health 34 (1), 32-40

Mountain GA, Hind D, Gossage-Worrall R, Walters SJ, Duncan R, Newbould L, Rex S, Jones C, Bowling A, Cattan M, Cairns A, Cooper C, Tudor-Edwards R &Goyder E (2014) 'Putting Life in Years' (PLINY) telephone friendship groups research study: pilot randomised controlled trial.  Trials, 15(1), 141. 

Bentley CL, Mountain GA, Thompson J, Fitzsimmons DA, Lowrie K, Parker SG & Hawley MS (2014) A pilot randomised controlled trial of a Telehealth intervention in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: challenges of clinician-led data collection. Trials 15:313

Amirabdollahian F, Ates S, Basteris A, Cesario A, Buurke J, Hermens H, Hofs D, Johansson E, Mountain G, Nasr N, Nijenhuis S, Prange G, Rahman N, Sale P, Schätzlein F, van Schooten B & Stienen A (2014) Design, development and deployment of a hand/wrist exoskeleton for home-based rehabilitation after stroke - SCRIPT project Robotica, September 2014, pp 1 – 16 DOI: 10.1017/S0263574714002288.

Public/Academic/Stakeholder Engagement

Gail Mountain has a wealth of experience of engaging with and working alongside end users of health and social care services and the lay public.  This has included initiatives funded  by the EPSRC and the collaboration of York, Leeds and Sheffield universities.

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