Dr Nicolas Farina
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Dr Nicolas Farina

Associate Professor in Dementia Research

Peninsula Medical School (Faculty of Health)

Biography

Biography

Dr Farina has over 10 years experience working in the field of dementia research. His interests include understanding and improving quality of life of people with dementia.

Dr Farina is currently is co-lead for the DEM-SKY project, which is implementing dementia screening in rural Kenya. In addition, he it the co-ordinator for the RadioMe project which seeks to tackle agitation in dementia through the use of music and radio. In recent years he has led work packages on the STRiDE project, which sought to improve dementia care, treatment & support systems in middle-income countries so that people living with dementia are able to live well, whilst also ensuring that family & other carers do not shoulder excessive costs. Dr Farina is an advocate for raising awareness about dementia internationally, and has developed a research theme surrounding better understanding attitudes towards dementia and how we can combat stigma.

Dr Farina has previously been the project manager for the MODEM cohort study (MODEM project), and has been responsible for setting up and operationalising data collection for a number of large grant projects, including the Time for Dementia project and DETERMIND.


Qualifications

  • PGCertHE, University of Sussex
  • PhD Psychology, University of Sussex
  • MSc Neuropsychology, University of Bristol
  • BSc Psychology and Neuroscience, Keele University

Research

Research

Research interests

  • Improving quality of life of people with dementia and their carers
  • Measuring dementia-related outcomes
  • Dementia-related stigma
  • Physical activity in people with dementia

Publications

Publications

Key publications

Key publications are highlighted

Journals
Articles
Hughes LJ, Daley S, Farina N, Tabet N & Banerjee S (2022) 'Care home staff perceptions of implementing a quality of life instrument into routine care practice: A qualitative study' Health & Social Care in the Community 30, (6) , DOI
Fitri FI, Gultom IM, Mahendrayana E, Irawan E, Rambe AS, Sani TP, Turana Y, Theresia I, Farina N & Banerjee S (2022) 'Adaptation of the STRiDE dementia survey into the Indonesian context in North Sumatra' Neurology Asia 27, (3) 737-743 , DOI
Hurzuk S, Farina N, Pattabiraman M, Ramasamy N, Alladi S, Rajagopalan J, Comas-Herrera A, Thomas PT & Evans-Lacko S (2022) 'Understanding, experiences and attitudes of dementia in India: A qualitative study' Dementia 21, (7) 2288-2306 , DOI
Henderson C, Knapp M, Stirling S, Shepstone L, High J, Ballard C, Bentham P, Burns A, Farina N & Fox C (2022) 'Cost-effectiveness of mirtazapine for agitated behaviors in dementia: findings from a randomized controlled trial' International Psychogeriatrics 34, (10) 905-917 , DOI Open access
Oliveira D, Godoy C, da Mata FAF, Mateus E, Franzon ACA, Farina N, Evans-Lacko S & Ferri CP (2022) 'Reducing dementia-related stigma and discrimination among community health workers in Brazil: protocol for a randomised controlled feasibility trial' BMJ Open 12, (7) e060033-e060033 , DOI
Jacobs R, Schneider M, Farina N, du Toit P & Evans-Lacko S (2022) 'Stigma and its implications for dementia in South Africa: a multi-stakeholder exploratory study' Ageing and Society 1-31 , DOI
King D, Farina N, Burgon C, Feeney Y, Berwald S, Bustard E, Gallaher L, Habibi R, Wittenberg R & Comas-Herrera A (2022) 'Factors associated with change over time in quality of life of people with dementia: longitudinal analyses from the MODEM cohort study' BMC Geriatrics 22, (1) , DOI Open access
Daley S, Akarsu N, Armsby E, Farina N, Feeney Y, Fine B, Hughes L, Pooley J, Tabet N & Towson G (2022) 'What factors have influenced quality of life in people with dementia and their family carers during the COVID-19 pandemic: a qualitative study' BMJ Open 12, (2) , DOI Open access
Daley S, Farina N, Hughes L, Armsby E, Akarsu N, Pooley J, Towson G, Feeney Y, Tabet N & Fine B (2022) 'Covid-19 and the quality of life of people with dementia and their carers—The TFD-C19 study' PLoS One 17, (1) , DOI Open access
Farina N, Jacobs R, Sani TP, Schneider M, Theresia I, Turana Y, Fitri FI, Albanese E, Lorenz-Dant K & Docrat S (2022) 'Description of the cross‐cultural process adopted in the STRiDE (STrengthening Responses to dementia in DEveloping countries) program: A methodological overview' Alzheimer's & Dementia: Diagnosis, Assessment & Disease Monitoring 14, (1) , DOI Open access
Shafizadeh M, Farina N & Parvonpour S (2022) 'Effects of Motor Learning Interventions on Walking Performance and Physical Function in Older Adults With Cognitive Impairment and Dementia: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis' Journal of Aging and Physical Activity 1-12 , DOI
Raczek M, Porter E, Daley S, Farina N, Velayudhan L & Abraham R (2021) 'Patient experience and satisfaction with remote memory assessment: Responding to clinical need in times of COVID‐19 restrictions' Alzheimer's & Dementia 17, (S8) , DOI
Banerjee S, High J, Stirling S, Shepstone L, Swart AM, Telling T, Henderson C, Ballard C, Bentham P & Burns A (2021) 'Study of mirtazapine for agitated behaviours in dementia (SYMBAD): a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial' The Lancet 398, (10310) 1487-1497 , DOI Open access
Oliveira D, Da Mata FAF, Mateus E, Musyimi CW, Farina N, Ferri CP & Evans-Lacko S (2021) 'Experiences of stigma and discrimination among people living with dementia and family carers in Brazil: qualitative study' Ageing and Society 1-22 , DOI
Musyimi CW, Ndetei DM, Evans-Lacko S, Oliveira D, Mutunga E & Farina N (2021) 'Perceptions and experiences of dementia and its care in rural Kenya' Dementia 20, (8) 2802-2819 , DOI
Banerjee S, Jones C, Wright J, Grosvenor W, Hebditch M, Hughes L, Feeney Y, Farina N, Mackrell S & Nilforooshan R (2021) 'A comparative study of the effect of the Time for Dementia programme on medical students' International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry 36, (7) 1011-1019 , DOI Open access
Farina N, Hughes LJ, Thomas S, Lowry RG & Banerjee S (2021) 'The Relationship Between Physical Activity and Health-Related Quality of Life in People With Dementia: An Observational Study' Journal of Aging and Physical Activity 1-9 , DOI
Roelen K, Ackley C, Boyce P, Farina N & Ripoll S (2020) 'COVID-19 in LMICs: The Need to Place Stigma Front and Centre to Its Response' The European Journal of Development Research 32, (5) 1592-1612 , DOI
Farina N, Griffiths AW, Hughes LJ & Parveen S (2020) 'Measuring adolescent attitudes towards dementia: The revalidation and refinement of the A-ADS' Journal of Health Psychology 27, (2) 374-385 , DOI
Farina N, Hughes LJ, Jones E, Parveen S, Griffiths AW, Galvin K & Banerjee S (2020) 'Evaluation of a dementia awareness programme in UK schools: a qualitative study' Public Health 185, 348-355 , DOI
Farina N, Ibnidris A, Alladi S, Comas-Herrera A, Albanese E, Docrat S, Ferri CP, Freeman E, Govia I & Jacobs R (2020) 'A systematic review and meta-analysis of dementia prevalence in seven developing countries: A STRiDE project' Global Public Health 15, (12) 1878-1893 , DOI
Farina N, King D, Burgon C, Berwald S, Bustard E, Feeney Y, Habibi R, Comas-Herrera A, Knapp M & Banerjee S (2020) 'Disease severity accounts for minimal variance of quality of life in people with dementia and their carers: analyses of cross-sectional data from the MODEM study' BMC Geriatrics 20, (1) 0-0 , DOI Open access
Parveen S, Griffiths AW & Farina N (2020) 'The development and validation of the adolescent level of contact with dementia scale' International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry 35, (10) 1134-1140 , DOI
Farina N, Hughes LJ, Jones E, Parveen S, Griffiths AW, Galvin K & Banerjee S (2020) 'The effect of a dementia awareness class on changing dementia attitudes in adolescents' BMC Geriatrics 20, (1) , DOI Open access
Clarke R, Farina N, Chen HL & Rusted JM (2020) 'Quality of Life and Well-being of Carers of People With Dementia: Are There Differences Between Working and Nonworking Carers? Results From the IDEAL Program' Journal of Applied Gerontology 40, (7) 752-762 , DOI
Balouch S, Zaidi A, Farina N & Willis R (2020) 'Dementia awareness, beliefs and barriers among family caregivers in Pakistan' Dementia 20, (3) 899-918 , DOI
Farina N, Williams A, Clarke K, Hughes LJ, Thomas S, Lowry RG & Banerjee S (2020) 'Barriers, motivators and facilitators of physical activity in people with dementia and their family carers in England: dyadic interviews' Aging & Mental Health 25, (6) 1115-1124 , DOI
Farina N, Suemoto CK, Burton JK, Oliveira D & Frost R (2020) 'Perceptions of dementia amongst the general public across Latin America: a systematic review' Aging & Mental Health 25, (5) 787-796 , DOI
Farina N, Hicks B, Baxter K, Birks Y, Brayne C, Dangoor M, Dixon J, Harris PR, Hu B & Knapp M (2019) 'DETERMinants of quality of life, care and costs, and consequences of INequalities in people with Dementia and their carers (DETERMIND): A protocol paper' International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry 35, (3) 290-301 , DOI
Hughes LJ, Farina N, Page TE, Tabet N & Banerjee S (2019) 'Adaptation of the DEMQOL-Proxy for routine use in care homes: a cross-sectional study of the reliability and validity of DEMQOL-CH' BMJ Open 9, (8) e028045-e028045 , DOI
Farina N, Zaidi A, Willis R & Balouch S (2019) 'Attitudes, knowledge and beliefs about dementia: focus group discussions with Pakistani adults in Karachi and Lahore' Ageing and Society 40, (12) 2558-2573 , DOI
Farina N, Hughes LJ, Watts A & Lowry RG (2019) 'Use of Physical Activity Questionnaires in People With Dementia: A Scoping Review' Journal of Aging and Physical Activity 27, (3) 413-421 , DOI
Farina N, Hughes LJ, Griffiths AW & Parveen S (2019) 'Adolescents’ experiences and perceptions of dementia' Aging & Mental Health 24, (7) 1175-1181 , DOI
Brown A, Page TE, Daley S, Farina N, Basset T, Livingston G, Budgett J, Gallaher L, Feeney Y & Murray J (2019) 'Measuring the quality of life of family carers of people with dementia: development and validation of C-DEMQOL' Quality of Life Research 28, (8) 2299-2310 , DOI
Farina N, Sherlock G, Thomas S, Lowry RG & Banerjee S (2019) 'Acceptability and feasibility of wearing activity monitors in community‐dwelling older adults with dementia' International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry 34, (4) 617-624 , DOI
Hughes LJ, Farina N, Page TE, Tabet N & Banerjee S (2019) 'Psychometric properties and feasibility of use of dementia specific quality of life instruments for use in care settings: a systematic review' International Psychogeriatrics 33, (9) 917-931 , DOI
Leroi I, Chaudhry N, Daniel A, Dunne R, Eman S, Farina N, Haidry S, Husain N, Jafri H & Karim S (2019) 'A roadmap to develop dementia research capacity and capability in Pakistan: A model for low‐ and middle‐income countries' Alzheimer's & Dementia: Translational Research & Clinical Interventions 5, (1) 939-952 , DOI
Willis R, Zaidi A, Balouch S & Farina N (2018) 'Experiences of People With Dementia in Pakistan: Help-Seeking, Understanding, Stigma, and Religion' The Gerontologist , DOI
Parveen S, Farina N, Shafiq S, Hughes LJ & Griffiths AW (2018) 'What do adolescents perceive to be key features of an effective dementia education and awareness initiative?' Dementia 19, (6) 1844-1854 , DOI
Daley S, Murray J, Farina N, Page TE, Brown A, Basset T, Livingston G, Bowling A, Knapp M & Banerjee S (2018) 'Understanding the quality of life of family carers of people with dementia: Development of a new conceptual framework' International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry 34, (1) 79-86 , DOI
Kingston A, Robinson L, Booth H, Knapp M & Jagger C (2018) 'Projections of multi-morbidity in the older population in England to 2035: estimates from the Population Ageing and Care Simulation (PACSim) model' Age and Ageing 47, (3) 374-380 , DOI
Farina N & Lowry RG (2018) 'The Validity of Consumer-Level Activity Monitors in Healthy Older Adults in Free-Living Conditions' Journal of Aging and Physical Activity 26, (1) 128-135 , DOI
Farina N, Jernerén F, Turner C, Hart K & Tabet N (2017) 'Homocysteine concentrations in the cognitive progression of Alzheimer's disease' Experimental Gerontology 99, 146-150 , DOI
Farina N (2017) 'What is taught about dementia in secondary schools? A survey of schools in Sussex, England (Innovative Practice)' Dementia 19, (2) 479-487 , DOI
Farina N, Llewellyn D, Isaac MGEKN & Tabet N (2017) 'Vitamin E for Alzheimer's dementia and mild cognitive impairment' Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews , DOI
Gard PR, Fidalgo S, Lotter I, Richardson C, Farina N, Rusted J & Tabet N (2017) 'Changes of renin-angiotensin system-related aminopeptidases in early stage Alzheimer's disease' Experimental Gerontology 89, 1-7 , DOI
Page TE, Farina N, Brown A, Daley S, Bowling A, Basset T, Livingston G, Knapp M, Murray J & Banerjee S (2017) 'Instruments measuring the disease-specific quality of life of family carers of people with neurodegenerative diseases: a systematic review' BMJ Open 7, (3) e013611-e013611 , DOI
Farina N, Page TE, Daley S, Brown A, Bowling A, Basset T, Livingston G, Knapp M, Murray J & Banerjee S (2017) 'Factors associated with the quality of life of family carers of people with dementia: A systematic review' Alzheimer's & Dementia 13, (5) 572-581 , DOI
Farina N, Llewellyn D, Isaac MGEKN & Tabet N (2017) 'Vitamin E for Alzheimer's dementia and mild cognitive impairment' , DOI
Comas-Herrera A, Knapp M, Wittenberg R, Banerjee S, Bowling A, Grundy E, Jagger C, Farina N, Lombard D & Lorenz K (2017) 'MODEM: A comprehensive approach to modelling outcome and costs impacts of interventions for dementia. Protocol paper' BMC Health Services Research 17, (1) , DOI
Farina N & Lowry RG (2017) 'Older adults’ satisfaction of wearing consumer-level activity monitors' Journal of Rehabilitation and Assistive Technologies Engineering 4, 205566831773325-205566831773325 , DOI
Isaac MGEKN, Isaac MM, Farina N & Tabet N (2016) 'Knowledge and attitudes towards dementia in adolescent students' Journal of Mental Health 26, (5) 419-425 , DOI
Banerjee S, Farina N, Daley S, Grosvenor W, Hughes L, Hebditch M, Mackrell S, Nilforooshan R, Wyatt C & de Vries K (2016) 'How do we enhance undergraduate healthcare education in dementia? A review of the role of innovative approaches and development of the Time for Dementia Programme' International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry 32, (1) 68-75 , DOI
Farina N, Morrell L & Banerjee S (2016) 'What is the therapeutic value of antidepressants in dementia? A narrative review' International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry 32, (1) 32-49 , DOI
Comas-Herrera A & John Knapp MR (2016) 'P2‐437: Modem: A Comprehensive Approach to Modelling Outcome and Cost Impacts of Interventions For Dementia' Alzheimer's & Dementia 12, (7S_Part_16) , DOI
Farina N, Tabet N & Rusted J (2015) 'The relationship between habitual physical activity status and executive function in individuals with Alzheimer’s disease: a longitudinal, cross-lagged panel analysis' Aging, Neuropsychology, and Cognition 23, (2) 234-252 , DOI
Farina N, Tabet N & Rusted J (2014) 'Habitual physical activity (HPA) as a factor in sustained executive function in Alzheimer-type dementia: A cohort study' Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics 59, (1) 91-97 , DOI
Farina N, Young J, Tabet N & Rusted J (2013) 'Prospective memory in Alzheimer-type dementia: Exploring prospective memory performance in an age-stratified sample' Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology 35, (9) 983-992 , DOI
Farina N, Rusted J & Tabet N (2013) 'The effect of exercise interventions on cognitive outcome in Alzheimer's disease: a systematic review' International Psychogeriatrics 26, (1) 9-18 , DOI
Farina N, Isaac MGEKN, Clark AR, Rusted J & Tabet N (2012) 'Vitamin E for Alzheimer's dementia and mild cognitive impairment' , DOI
Conference Papers
Venkatesh S, Moffat D, Kirke A, Shakeri G, Brewster S, Fachner J, Odell-Miller H, Street A, Farina N & Banerjee S (2021) 'Artificially Synthesising Data for Audio Classification and Segmentation to Improve Speech and Music Detection in Radio Broadcast' IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP) 6-/-0/20216-/-0/2021IEEE Publisher Site , DOI Open access
Presentations and posters
Farina N, Page T, Daley S, Brown A, Bowling A, Basset T, Livingston G, John Knapp MR, Murray J & Banerjee S Farina N, Page T, Daley S, Brown A, Bowling A, Basset T, Livingston G, John Knapp MR, Murray J & Banerjee S '[P2–517]: A SYSTEMATIC REVIEW OF FACTORS ASSOCIATED WITH QUALITY OF LIFE OF FAMILY CARERS OF PEOPLE WITH DEMENTIA: AN INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVE' , DOI
Daley S, Farina N, Livingston G, Brown A, Page T, Murray J, John Knapp MR, Bowling A, Basset T & Banerjee S Daley S, Farina N, Livingston G, Brown A, Page T, Murray J, John Knapp MR, Bowling A, Basset T & Banerjee S '[P3–497]: FACTORS INFLUENCING QUALITY OF LIFE IN FAMILY CARERS OF PEOPLE WITH DEMENTIA' , DOI
Page T, Brown A, Daley S, Farina N & Banerjee S Page T, Brown A, Daley S, Farina N & Banerjee S '[P3–507]: HOW DO WE MEASURE THE QUALITY OF LIFE OF FAMILY CARERS OF PEOPLE WITH DEMENTIA? DEVELOPMENT AND PRELIMINARY VALIDATION OF C‐DEMQOL' , DOI