Dr Tracey Williamson

Dr Tracey Williamson

Reader in Public Involvement, Engagement & Experience


Tracey took up a research career after being an NHS Nurse Consultant Older People working in acute & rehab settings. Following a Dept of Health Fellowship she gained a PhD in team-decision making. Tracey’s interests are in helping others to engage patients and public in research design, tech co-design and impact of such involvement. A strong evaluator using primarily participative approaches, she usually works with older adults or people living with dementia. Tracey was previously the regional lead in patient and public involvement for the National Institute for Health Research - Research Design Service NW and an invited member of INVOLVE.


Tracey teaches sessionally on a range of modules concerning developing the evidence base for practice and patient and public involvement. She is a member of the module team for the DProf Practitioner-Researcher module

Research Interests

Tracey’s research interests are around understanding the contribution patients and the public can make to research design, delivery and impact. Many of her past and present projects actively involve people affected by dementia and family carers and older adults. Topics have included evaluation of dementia design in hospitals and care homes, experiences of young onset dementia, development of assistive tech after stroke, dementia communication, medicines appearance and loneliness and isolation. e.g. summary of your research interests / projects / initiatives followed by several bullet points of keywords

  • public involvement & engagement
  • enabling and assistive technology co-design
  • dementia
  • evaluation.

Qualifications and Memberships

RGN, PhD, MSc, BSc(Hons)

Associate member INVOLVE