Dr Karen Watson

Adjunct Researcher

Research Program: Multisensory Communication

Biography

Dr Karen Watson is an aged care clinician and academic focused on the care needs of older people in a variety of health settings. She is also registered nurse with a background in naturopathy and completed her doctoral training in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Western Sydney University. Her research has examined complementary therapy interventions for the behavioural management of older people with and without dementia. Dr Watson is particularly interested in supporting the care needs of older people challenged by changes in cognition that can occur with healthy ageing and dementia.

As a researcher with the MARCs Institute of Brain, Behaviour and Development, Dr Watson is assisting the Time Travelling with Technology project team to investigate the feasibility and effectiveness of Google Liquid Galaxy and web resources as an intervention for reducing behavioural and psychological symptoms of people with dementia.

Karen currently holds an undergraduate and postgraduate lecturer position where she coordinates and teaches aged care.

Research Areas

  • Dementia
  • Reminiscence therapy
  • Aged care
  • Complementary therapies

Qualifications

  • PhD Western Sydney University
  • BN(Hons) Western Sydney University
  • BHlthSc (Naturopathy) Western Sydney University

Publications

Book Chapter

  • McNally, S & Watson, K. (2016). Understanding the ageing process: pharmacology and complementary therapies. In: Johnson, A & Chang, E. (2nd ed.) Caring for older people in Australia: Principles of Nursing Practice, John Wiley &Sons Australia, Ltd, Milton.
  • McNally, S & Watson, K. (2013). Understanding the ageing process: pharmacology and complementary therapies. In: Johnson, A & Chang, E. (Eds.) Caring for older people in Australia: Principles of Nursing Practice, John Wiley &Sons Australia, Ltd, Milton.
  • Watson, K. (2013). Complementary therapies. In: Chang, E & Johnson, A. Living with dementia: A practical guide for family and personal carers. ACER publishers, Victoria, Australia.

Peer reviewed articles

Media