Becky Field

MSc Clinical Research, University Diploma, Occupational Therapy, BA(Hons)

Becky Field

Research Associate

Department: School of Health and Related Research

Faculty: Medicine, Dentistry and Health

Research expertise

  • Working with people with dementia and their carers, older people, people with cognitive difficulties

  • Occupational therapy

  • Qualitative research methods.


Telephone: +44 114 222 2985


University profile


I am an Occupational Therapist now working in dementia research. I joined the University of Sheffield in 2013 as a Research Associate having completed an MSc in Clinical Research, as part of the NIHR clinical academic training pathway. I am now also studying for a PhD part-time.

Prior to training as an Occupational Therapist, I was a Researcher at London Lighthouse (a voluntary sector HIV/AIDS organisation), and Research Assistant for the Sexual Health Programme, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Current research projects

Valuing Active Life in Dementia (VALID) research programme – funded by the NIHR (RPG 0610-10108). VALID is evaluating a community occupational therapy intervention for people with mild to moderate dementia and their family caregivers. This involves a randomised control trial of the intervention versus usual care within the NHS.

PhD – supported by the VALID programme and the University of Sheffield. I am researching what helps people living with dementia and their family carers be ready to take part in psychosocial (ie non drug based) interventions after diagnosis. I am using qualitative methods. Supervisors: Professor Gail Mountain and Dr Lizzie Coates.