John Keady is a registered mental health nurse and completed his part-time PhD in 1999 using a grounded theory methodology. Prior to this, he practised for several years as a community psychiatric nurse in dementia care, a position he held in North Wales.
Since 2006 John Keady has worked at the University of Manchester in the UK where he holds a joint position between the University and the Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust.
Keady currently leads the interdisciplinary Dementia and Ageing Research Team at the Division of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work. His research is mainly concerned with the biographical and subjective experience of dementia, and he is Chief Investigator of the ESRC/NIHR Neighbourhoods and dementia mixed methods study [2014-2019: www.neighbourhoodsanddementia.org].
John Keady is founding and co-editor of the Sage journal Dementia: the international journal of social research and practice, first published in 2002.
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