Dr Anna Tsaroucha

Course Director

School of Health, Science and Wellbeing

I graduated from the University of Ioannina (Greece) in 1996 with a BA in Philosophy, Paedagogy and Psychology (First Class). Following this I completed an MA in Community Care (Learning Disability) in 1997 at Keele University.

I joined Staffordshire University in 1998 as a doctorate student in Health Psychology, after being awarded a PhD scholarship from the Greek Government (States Scholarships Foundation). During my PhD studies I worked as a part-time temporary lecturer in Stoke-on-Trent and Sixth Form Colleges, teaching GCSEs and A Levels in Psychology. During my studies, I also worked for one year for the Department of Sports Psychology at Nottingham Trent University as a research assistant. Following the completion of my PhD, I joined Staffordshire University, Centre for Ageing and Mental Health and later Social Work as a Research Associate. I worked on and successfully completed several externally funded research projects.

Between 2013-2015 I held the position of a Research Development Officer with the aim to lead on high levels of research, procurement of funding and support the development of research and advanced scholarship within the School of Social Work, Allied and Public Health (SWAPH), Faculty of Health Sciences. As part of me various initiatives to develop and support research and scholarly development for staff and students, I launched the Journal of New Writing in Health and Social Care, a successful peer review journal.

I currently hold the possition of Lecturer in Health and Social Care.

Professional memberships and activities

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

  • Member of the International Psychogeriatric Association (IPA)

  • Member of the Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER)

  • Reviewer for the British Journal of Social Work

  • Reviewer for the Journal of Adult Protection

  • Reviewer for the Journal of Health Education

  • Reviewer for the Health and Social Care Education (Higher Education Academy)

  • Editorial Board Member for the Athens Journal of Health (ATINER Publications)

Academic qualifications

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Higher and Professional Education (PGCHPE) – 2011 Staffordshire University

  • Professional Research Supervision Course – 2010 (Distinction) Staffordshire University

  • PhD Health Psychology - 2005 Staffordshire University

  • MA Community Care (Learning Disability) – 1997 Keele University

  • BA Philosophy Paedagogy & Psychology – 1996 (First Class) University of Ioannina Greece

Expertise

  • Research Methodology and design

  • Dementia

  • Mental health and ageing

  • Research Ethics

  • Mental health services evaluation

Research interests

  • Dementia & Learning Disability

  • Mental Health and Ageing

  • Service user and carer involvement in development of research and higher education courses

  • Health and social care service improvement

Teaching

  • Module Leader: The context of Health and Social Care (Level 4)

  • Introduction to Study Skills for Social Work and Social Care (Level 4)

  • Introduction to Public Health (Level 5)

  • Health Promotion (Level 5)

  • Module Tutor: Research for Social Work and Social Care (Level 6)

  • Supervision of doctoral students

Publications

Jones, S, Wagner, J, Randall, J & Tsaroucha, A (2016) Empowering parents whose children are subjected to care proceedings: A qualitative investigation into practitioners' experiences, Journal of New Writing in Health and Social Care, 2,2, pp.12-20.

Tsaroucha, A & Randall, J (2016) Involving students in curriculum design: a research and statistics course designed by students for students, Innovative Practice in Higher Education, 2,3.

Machin, R, Tsaroucha, A & Boath, E (2015). Staying put: the impact of the ‘bedroom tax’ on tenants in North Staffordshire, Poverty, 152, pp. 15-16.

Tsaroucha, A., Kingston, P., Khan, F. & Hassiem, F. (2015). Is there a link between oral/dental pain and behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD) in older nursing home patients? Journal of New Writing in Health and Social Care, 1, 2, pp. 9-20.

Tsaroucha, A., Boath, E., Porteous, E. & Wright, A. (2015). Using a modified Delphi method to develop a new Advanced Accreditation Award (‘Triple A’) in Money Advice Practice. Innovative Practice in Higher Education, 2, 2.

Wright, A., Porteous, E., Boath, E. & Tsaroucha, A. (2014) Asking the Oracle: a Delphi study to develop a new Advanced Accreditation Award (Triple A) in Money Advice Practice. Quarterly Accounts, 34, pp.13.

Tsaroucha, A., Benbow, S.M., Kingston, P., & le Mesurier, N. (2013). Dementia Skills for All: a core competency framework for the workforce in the United Kingdom. Dementia: The International Journal of Social Research and Practice, 12 (1), 29-44.

Mustafa, N., Tsaroucha, A., le Mesurier, N., Benbow, S.M. & Kingston, P. (2013). Educating and training the workforce to work with people with dementia: two projects from the United Kingdom. Educational Gerontology, 39 (6), 398-412.

Tsaroucha, A., Kingston, P., Corp, N., Stewart, T. & Walton, I. (2012). The emotional needs audit (ENA): a report on its reliability and validity. Mental Health Review Journal, 17 (2), 81-89.

Tsaroucha, A., Kingston, P., Stewart, T., Walton, I. & Corp, N. (2012). Assessing the effectiveness of the “human givens” approach in treating depression: a quasi experimental study in primary care. Mental Health Review Journal, 17 (2), 90-103.

Benbow, S.M., Tsaroucha, A., Ashley, M., Morgan, K. & Kingston, P. (2011). Patients and carers views on dementia workforce skills. The Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice, 6 (4), 195-202.

Corp, N., Tsaroucha, A. & Kingston, P. (2008). Human Givens Therapy: The Evidence Base. Mental Health Review Journal, 13 (4), 44-52.

Boath, E., Good, R., Tsaroucha, A., Stewart, A. & Pitch, S. (under review). Tapping your way to success: Using Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) to reduce anxiety and improve communication skills in Social Work students. Social Work Education

Reports

Tsaroucha A, Kingston P, Khan F, Tadros G & Morris, J. (2012) The potential link between oral/dental pain and behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD) in older nursing home patients.

Tsaroucha A, Benbow SM, Merchant R & Kingston P. (2010) Workforce Development for Dementia: Development of the role, associated competence development and proposed training required for the new “Dementia Pathway Coordinator” in the West Midlands to support those with Dementia and their intimate carer(s).

Tsaroucha A, Le Mesurier N, Benbow SM & Kingston P. (2010) Final report: NHS West Midlands Clinical Care Pathways Project (Dementia)

Tsaroucha A, Corp N, Kingston P, Stewart T, Walton, I (2010) Final Report: A Health Impact Assessment of the Reconfigured Mental Health Services in Sandwell.

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