Sara Balouch

Sara Balouch
University of Brighton · Humanities and Social Science

PhD Psychology
Interested in the relationship between sleep, cognition, mood and behaviour in people with Alzheimer's disease.

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February 2019 - present
BPP University College
Position
  • Lecturer
Description
  • I lead my own modules of Biological Psychology and Cognitive Psychology teaching MSc Psychology students / Dissertation supervision / Personal Tutor / Research
January 2016 - January 2019
University of Sussex
Position
  • Fellow
Description
  • My research explores lifestyle risk factors in memory loss in older adults, particularly the effects of sleep.
January 2015 - December 2015
King's College London
Position
  • Postdoctoral Research Assistant
Description
  • Researcher on the South London Stroke Register and a feasibility study of a psychologically-informed, community-based walking intervention for stroke survivors.

Publications

Publications (17)
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Introduction: Sleep disturbances are commonly reported in people living with Alzheimer's disease (AD), but it is currently unknown whether night-to-night variation in sleep predicts day-to-day variation in vigilance, cognition, mood, and behavior (daytime measures). Methods: Subjective and objective sleep and daytime measures were collected dail...
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Objectives: Dementia research and services in Pakistan are limited. The following was explored in experiences of family caregivers of people with dementia in Pakistan: (a) to determine whether culture and religion play a role in caregiving; (b) to draw insights on how family caregivers cope, what barriers they face and what help they would be will...
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Pakistan is a lower middle-income country, which to date has had very little research and policy making to address the challenge of dementia. This study aims to explore the perceptions of dementia in a group of Pakistani adults. A series of Focus Group Discussions were completed during 2017 with men and women in two metropolitan centres in Pakistan...
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Objectives Modifiable lifestyle risk factors are of great interest in the prevention and management of Alzheimer's disease (AD). Loneliness and social networks may influence onset of AD, but little is known about this relationship in people with AD. The current study aimed to explore the relationship between loneliness and social networks (social m...
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Background and Objectives: The prevalence of dementia will increase in low and middle income countries like Pakistan. Specialist dementia services are rare in Pakistan. Public awareness of dementia is low, and norms about family care can lead to stigma. Religion plays a role in caregiving, but the interaction between dementia and Islam is less clea...
Conference Paper
Over the coming decades, the prevalence of dementia is expected to rise due to an aging population, and this public health challenge will be particularly challenging in lower and middle-income countries. Pakistan is a typical exemplar which to date has had very little research and policy making to address the challenge of dementia. This presentati...
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Stigma around dementia acts as a barrier to timely diagnosis, treatment, and support. The public understanding of dementia has been improving in the UK due to initiatives like Dementia Friends and other national policies. Dementia is less well-recognised in many developing countries, even though the largest future projected increase in dementia is...
Conference Paper
In Pakistan there is very little awareness of dementia and its symptoms, a lack of formal services and no government policy to support the growing problem. This leads to family caregivers of people with dementia (PwD) not recognising the symptoms, delaying seeking help and being burdened by the care. Furthermore, existing knowledge and attitudes of...
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Sleep disturbances are routinely encountered in Alzheimer's disease (AD) and affect about 25-40% of patients in the mild-to-moderate stages of the disease. In many, sleep pathology may represent a symptom of the underlying neurodegeneration. However, a history of sleep disruption occurring years prior to onset of cognitive symptoms could represent...
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People with dementia of the Alzheimer-type (DAT) have difficulties with performing everyday tasks, and error awareness is poor. Here we investigate whether recall of actions and error monitoring in everyday task performance improved when they instructed another person on how to make tea. In this situation, both visual and motor cues are present, an...
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Childbirth is a highly emotive event that can involve complications. Around 1% of births in the United Kingdom involve life-threatening complications to the mother (Waterstone, Bewley, & Wolfe, 2001) and 0.8% result in stillbirth or perinatal death (Confidential Enquiry into Maternal and Child Health [CEMACH], 2009). A review found that 3.1% of wom...
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Research suggests that, although everyday action errors increase significantly with dementia progression, accomplishment of the task remains high, even in severe dementia. We used archive observational data charting progressive decline in everyday task performance to explore error-monitoring over a 5-year period in four people with dementia. None o...
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The process of checking in an everyday task to ensure error prevention/error correction, has not been systematically documented in relation to everyday action errors. This is surprising, given that studies of everyday task performance in people with dementia suggest poor error monitoring (error detection/correction). The present study documented ag...

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