Committee Members

DCP Faculty for the Psychology of Older People National Committee List 2013 to 2014

Reinhard Guss - Chair & Dementia Lead

Reinhard GussI studied Clinical Psychology and Gerontology at Heidelberg University in the 1980s. I subsequently worked in Salford, completing the BPS Statement of Equivalence and working in Older People's Psychology Services, mainly based in Kent and Medway. I developed my interest in working with people with a dementia, working with memory assessment services in both Neuropsychological assessment and in postdiagnostic interventions and therapy. I have a particular interest in Young Onset Dementia and in Service User involvement of people with a diagnosis of dementia.I am currently the dementia workstream lead on the FPOP Committee.

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Becci Dow - Outgoing Chair

Becci Dow is a Clinical Psychologist working for the Hywel Dd Health Board in Ceredigion, West Wales. She started as an ordinary member of the committee representing issues from Wales and has moved to take on other roles. Becci works in all areas of Older Adult services – Memory Clinics, Therapy, Carers work and dementia services. She has particular interest in working with Welsh speaking and bilingual populations.

Mhairi Donaldson - Honorary Secetary and GG Liaso Rep

Neil Watson - Honorary Treasurer

Frances Duffy - Ordinary and NI Rep

Jane Simpson - Ordinary Member and Neurodegenerative Conditions Lead

Angela Smith - Ordinary Member and DAA Rep

Kate Ross - Ordinary Member and Impatient Co-Lead

Jean Hooper - Ordinary Member and PSU Link

Paul Whitby - Ordnary Memeber and Inpatient Co-Lead

I am a Chartered Clinical Psychologist working in North Wiltshire. I gained my professional qualification from Plymouth Polytechnic in 1986 and have been working with older adults ever since. Prior to that i was a psychiatric nurse and the peak of that part of my career was as a Charge Nurse in the Bethlem Hospital in London. I have held a number of positions as a clinical psychologist in the south west of England and in south Wales. I teach on the Bath clinical psychology course and supervise trainees regularly.

My principal interests are Cognitive Behaviour Therapy as applied to older people; challenging behaviour in dementia; the application of Attachment Theory in later life; the psychological environment of In Patient wards and nursing homes, and the expression of sexuality in old age and dementia.

In 2012 I travelled to Scandinavia and Holland to study 'Marte Meo', a method of helping carers improve their interactions with people with dementia, especially around episodes of personal care, building on their existing skills. This approach shows the application of Attachment Theory and Trevarthen's micro-analysis of conversations to a difficult-to-reach group in a very practical manner. My next project is to make this part of my clinical work and hopefully to engage in some research.

Ian Asquith - Pre-qualification Link Member

Samantha Roberts - Bulletin Editor

Sarah Butchard - Vice Chair and CPD Lead

Vacant - Media Liason Officer

Vacant - Bulletin Co-Editor

To see tenure list for committee positions please click on this link