Dr Dia Soilemezi is a Researcher Psychologist and a Qualitative Methodologist. She currently works as a Research Adviser at the NIHR-funded Research Design Service South Central (RDS SC), based at the Portsmouth site, hosted by the School of Health Sciences and Social Work. She is also working part-time as a Research Fellow at the Department of Primary Care and Population Studies, University of Southampton.
Dia graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Psychology from the University of Crete (Greece), has an MSc in Health Psychology from Sussex University and a PhD in Psychology from the University of Portsmouth. Dia’s PhD project focused on the impact of the home environment in dementia care and was shortlisted for best research 2016 by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).
Before joining RDS SC in 2017, Dia worked as a Research Fellow in ageing-related projects, University of Portsmouth. Before embarking on research, Dia was employed in a variety of NHS clinical settings in Brighton and Portsmouth, supporting adults and the elderly with stroke, dementia and mental health problems. She has also been a project worker implementing European integration projects, focusing on work-training and education for ex-drug addicts in Athens, Greece.
My current research interests are: dementia; meaning of home; family carers; healthcare environments; ageing and later life; use of herbal medicine
My main research interests lie within the field of dementia and particularly family care of people with dementia. I am interested in the meaning of home and how it might change throughout the lifespan and especially in relation to health and care at home. I am using qualitative methods and I am particularly interested in using naturalistic methods, such as walking interviews.
I am currently involved in a research project investigating the use of herbal medicines for acute bronchitis and I am interested in the role that herbal drugs may play in tackling anti-microbial resistance (AMR)