Senior Research Assistant
I graduated from Loughborough University in 2014 with a BSc (Hons) in Psychology, including an additional diploma in professional studies. Since graduating, I have worked in a variety of settings including the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, an IAPT service in High Wycombe and as an Assistant Psychologist/Research Assistant at the Fulbrook Centre on the Churchill Hospital Site. During this time, I have developed a special interest in research, most notably research looking into several aspects of mental health including service development and dementia.
During my time at BACP, I looked into the choice of therapies within the IAPT programme using the data from the National Audit of Psychological Therapies (NAPT), which culminated in a BACP report and a subsequent conference presentation of the findings at the annual BACP Research Conference.
Within my role at the Fulbrook Centre, I worked on the Dementia Care Mapping – Enhancing Person Centred Care in Care Homes (DCM-EPIC) Multi-Centre, Clustered Randomised Controlled Trial. This research investigated the impact of training care staff members in using Dementia Care Mapping, an observational tool designed to decrease levels of agitation and increase the use of Person Centred Care in care homes. I was involved from baseline to completion and am currently writing up several publications as part of a writing team for DCM-EPIC.
I was also involved in Caring For Me and You (CFMAY), a National Randomised Controlled Trial investigating the effectiveness of an online Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Programme for carers of people with dementia.
I joined the CLAHRC team in July 2017 as a Senior Research Assistant working on several projects under Theme 1, looking at service development and re-design. I am working on the Street Triage project, looking at the effectiveness of Street Triage Services in decreasing the number of section 136’s put in place. I am also assisting with several projects under Dr McShane, which are investigating the implementation of several technological innovations to assist people with dementia and their families to make a decision about when to stop driving.
Perfect, D., & Munir, F., (2014). An Exploration of the Relationship between Mental Health Literacy, Participant Characteristics and Stigma in those aged 18 to 30. Undergraduate dissertation at Loughborough University.
Perfect, D., Jackson, C., Pybis, J., & Hill, A. (2016). Choice of Therapies in IAPT: An overview of the availability and client profile of step 3 therapies. British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. Report and subsequent presentation at BACP Annual Research Conference. http://www.bacp.co.uk/research/publications/choice_of_therapies_IAPT.php (free to download)
Perfect, D., & Vostanis, A., (2015). European Union Policy & Research Briefing: Outlining relevant areas of EU mental health policy and scientific research opportunities. Briefing for BACP Research, Policy and Professional Practice Directorate
Harris, C., Perfect, D., & Heynisch, K. (2017). Evaluation of the efficacy of MBT-I Groups for patients with a diagnosis/predominant traits of Borderline Personality Disorder in Buckinghamshire from September 2015 to March 2017. Report for Buckinghamshire CCG.
Perfect, D., Griffiths, A. W., Vasconcelos Da Silva, M., Lemos Dekker, N., Graham, E. H., & Surr, C. A. (2017). Collecting self-report research data with people with dementia living in care homes: Benefits, challenges, and best practices. Submitted: The Gerontologist, October 2017.