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Dr Jenny La Fontaine

PositionResearch Fellow
LocationHome based
DepartmentCentre for Applied Dementia Studies
Feedback Hours1 day per week (usually Tuesday or Wednesday)
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Research Interests (key words only)

Young Onset Dementia Fronto-temporal Dementia Family Relationships Dementia Early Intervention in Dementia Therapeutic Interventions


Jenny is a Research Fellow at the University of Bradford.

She is a Nurse and has worked with people living with dementia and their families since 1984, which has included previously working as a Consultant Nurse within a specific service for younger people with dementia and as a Senior Lecturer at the Association for Dementia Studies at the University of Worcester.

Her most recent role has been in a development post in which she supported the development of services and specialist trained staff through the care pathway for younger people with dementia and their families.

Jenny has just completed her PhD studies during which she explored the family experience of behavioural variant frontotemporal dementia commonly occurring at a younger age. 

Study History

  • PhD Health Studies, University of Bradford 2016
  • PG Cert Counselling and Psychotherapy, University of Central England 2003
  • MA Gerontology, University of Keele, 1996
  • RMN 1984

Professional History

Young Onset Dementia Development Officer. Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust
Senior Lecturer Dementia Studies, Association for Dementia Studies, University of Worcester
Admiral Nurse, Worcestershire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
Research Officer, Oxford Institute of Ageing University of Oxford
Consultant Nurse, Younger People with Dementia, Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Trust

Research Areas

She has specialist interest  in young onset dementia, in working with families and in working with people experiencing less common forms of dementia. 

Current Projects

The Angela Project, Improving diagnosis and post-diagnostic support for younger people living with dementia and their family members/supporters.


La Fontaine, J., Buckell, A., Oyebode, J. & Ford, J. (2015) Family experiences and needs: living with bvFTD, Journal of Dementia Care, March-April, 23. 2. 24-27

La Fontaine, J., Buckell, A. & Oyebode, J. (2015) Creative support for complex needs: living with bvFTD, Journal of Dementia Care, Jan-Feb, 23.1. 24-27

Killett, A., Burns, D., Kelley, F., Brooker, D., Bowes, A., La Fontaine, J., Latham, I., Wilson, M. & O Neill, M. (2014) Digging Deep, How organisational culture affects care home experiences, Ageing and Society, available on CJO2014. doi:10.1017/S0144686X14001111.

La Fontaine, J. & Oyebode, J.R., (2014) Family Relationships and Dementia: a synthesis of qualitative research including the person with dementia, Ageing and Society, 43, 7, 1243-72

Brooker, D., La Fontaine, J., Evans, S., Bray, J. & Saad, K., (2014) Public health guidance to facilitate timely diagnosis of dementia: ALCOVE recommendations, International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry

La Fontaine, J., Dibble, R., and Dibble, R., (2014) Dementia and Families, in Coope B. & Richards, F., (eds) ABC of Dementia, Wiley Blackwell Publishers

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