Dr Jane Youell

Dr Jane Youell


I joined the University of Leeds in January 2019 as a Senior Research Fellow.

I obtained my PhD from University of Northampton in 2015.  Following this I undertook various postdoctoral project with University of Northampton alongside developing my consultancy business.  I have experience of working as a Dementia Lead at Milton Keynes University Hospital and for First for Wellbeing in Northampton as Wellbeing Advisor - Psychology.   I am a 2017 Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellow.

Research interests

I am a chartered psychologist and an experienced qualitative researcher with particular interests in dementia, autism, learning disability, end of life care, death and dying, family and relationships. I have a first class honours degree in psychology and was awarded a PhD in 2015. My doctoral work addressed the issue of intimacy, sexuality and dementia. Following my PhD I was a freelance researcher and consultant.

I have previously been commissioned to work with Dementia UK to develop a training programme to enable Admiral Nurses to better support couples living with dementia particularly in relation to intimacy and sexuality and creating a community dementia hub in Lutterworth, Leicestershire. I am the former Dementia Lead at Milton Keynes University Hospital and I continue to work directly with patients and carers in my consultancy work. Before coming to Leeds University I regularly gave lectures on the undergraduate nursing degree course and the Advanced Dementia Care masters course at the University of Northampton. I host and facilitate Death Café’s in Northamptonshire following a successful funding award from the Changemaker Hub at University of Northampton. I am a 2017 Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Award Fellow.  This Fellowship allowed me to travel to Australia and the USA to investigate older LGBTI+  people's experience of aged care.  I am the current lead for the Cycling Without Age chapter in Northampton.  I have strong links with the national Dementia Action Alliance and am working with Newport Pagnell Borough Council to help create a dementia friendly town. 


  • PhD Sexuality, Intimacy and Dementia
  • BSc Psychology (Honours)

Professional memberships

  • Chartered status with British Psychological Society