Professor Gail Mountain

DipCOT, MPhil, PhD

Professor Gail Mountain

Professor of Health Services Research (assisted living research)

Department: School of Health and Related Research

Faculty: Medicine, Dentistry and Health

Research expertise

  • Applied, mixed methods research to benefit older people including those with dementia

  • Interdisciplinary research including studies of use of technology in practice and design for health

  • Realising research impact


Telephone: +44 114 222 2982


University profile


I am Professor of Health Services Research (assisted living research) at the University of Sheffield and Professor of Applied Dementia Research at the University of Bradford. I also have honorary professorial positions at the University of Ulster and Sheffield Hallam University. I am an occupational therapist; having practiced for 13 years before becoming involved in research and am now Fellow of the College of Occupational Therapists in recognition of my contribution to the profession.

My research interests are focused upon improving the quality of life of older people through provision of appropriate interventions, good design and by facilitating participation, reflecting my occupational therapy background. My current and recent projects span the development and evaluation of technologies, design of products and services for later life and the development and evaluation of complex interventions to benefit older people.

Current research projects

  • Journeying through dementia; randomised controlled trial of clinical and cost effectiveness. IHR Health Technology Assessment Programme, £1,964,888.00 (PI) 20152019.

  • Promoting independence in dementia (PRIDE). ESRC/NIHR dementia initiative, £3,6000,000 (Co-I) 20132018.

  • Valuing active life in dementia (VALID). National Institute for Health Research, £2,300,000 (Co-I) 2011–2018.

  • NIHR Collaboration for applied health research and care Yorkshire and Humber. £10 million (Co-I for technology and frailty themes) 2013–2018.