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Graduating in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Keele, Judith returned to study in Environment Psychology at The University of Surrey followed by her PhD in Environment Psychology.

Having gained a Professorship in Adult Social Care at Manchester Metropolitan University (2005-2011) and leading the Ageing Research Group, Judith moved to the University of Northampton as Professor of Public Health (2011-2017). There she became Director of the Research Ageing Centre and Director of the Institute of Health and Wellbeing. Judith also worked as a Professor of Public Policy at Simon Fraser University in the School of Public Policy.

Judith Sixsmith is currently Professor in the School of Health Sciences at the University if Dundee and a Visiting Professor of Public Policy at Simon Fraser University.


  • Issues of marginalisation
  • Health and wellbeing including conceptualising health, service provision, delivery and experience
  • Adult social care
  • Quality of life, participation and older people
  • Healthy ageing
  • Ageing and technology
  • Ageing in place and place-making
  • Palliative and End of Life care
  • Transdisciplinarity
  • Qualitative methodology
  • Mixed methods

Wider professional activities

  • Member of the British Psychological Society
  • Member of the Chilean Millennium Science Initiative
  • Member of Tayside Palliative and End of Life Managed Care Network Steering group Research Co-lead for the Tayside Palliative and End of Life Managed Care Network
  • Member of East Midlands Research on Ageing Network
  • Member of the AGE-WELL Network of Centres of Network
  • Member of BPS
  • Member of IAPS
  • Member of RSPH
  • Editorial board for ‘Fat Studies’
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  • Advanced Qualitative Methods
  • Research in Practice
  • Co-Director: Masters in Palliative and End of Life Care
  • Teaching research methods to PhD students
  • Supervision of Master’s and PhD student