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Dr Gary Fry

PositionResearch Assistant
DepartmentCentre for Applied Dementia Studies
Telephone01274 236029

Research Interests (key words only)

Social care and carer based research. Use of assistive technologies in social care. Dementia focused research.


Dr Gary Fry has a BSc Honours degree and a PhD in psychology from the University of Huddersfield. His PhD thesis focused on the experience of social anxiety and drew upon an existential phenomenological framework to make sense of people’s experiences of challenges involved in public speaking, attending parties, going to interviews, and acting onstage, etc.

Since then he has worked in a wide range of research posts, including looking at the experiences of smoking in young people from a social psychological perspective. More recently he has been active in a wide range of projects focused on social care from the point of view of informal carers, along with related topics such as use of assistive technologies in social care, employment support for carers, local authorities’ use of Carers Grant, welfare support for carers, and social care for people with dementia. He has also worked on care-related research with International partners from EU member states, Taiwan, Japan, and Australia.

Gary’s current research interests focus on the social care of people with dementia and their carers, along with how recent developments in the social care system – e.g. the personalisation agenda – can be utilised to enhance service provision and sensitivity to individual cases.

Study History

Psychology (BSc Hons) and a PhD from the University of Huddersfield (2001-5)

Current Projects

Dr Fry is currently contributing to a three-year study focusing on the willingness, preparedness and obligation to care experienced by people living with someone with dementia.

His duties include distributing and collating surveys, conducting qualitative interviews, and processing data arising from these research stages.


Citizen Carer: Carer's Allowance and Conceptualisations of UK Citizenship. Singleton, B. E. & Fry, G. (2015). Journal of Social Policy: Volume 44 / Issue 03 / July 2015, pp 549-566

Coping with change: frail bodies and daily activities in later life: AKTIVE working paper 4. Fry, G. (2014). University of Leeds. Centre for International Research on Care, Labour and Equalities.


The carer based research in which Dr Fry has been engaged has had a positive impact on key policy developments, including the government's National Carers Strategy (2008).

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