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Dr Kellyn Lee  BSc (Hons), MRes, PhD

Research Fellow in Ageing and Dementia

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Dr Kellyn Lee is a Research Fellow in Ageing and Dementia located in the School of Health Sciences.

My research aims are to change the way in which we view older person care in care homes and to ensure that social care is affordable for the many not the few

Kellyn joined the University of Southampton in 2015 to undertake her doctoral research. The study was funded by the Alzheimer’s Society with a focus on risk enablement in care homes. With a background in psychology and experience of ageing and dementia research, her doctoral work intersected psychological ideas relating to the importance of object-person relations and sociological ideas of residential care for people with a dementia. 

Kellyn became a Senior Research Assistant in October 2018 after being awarded a bridging fellowship, she became a Research Fellow in 2019. Kellyn is currently working on an impact project ‘Material Citizenship’ in collaboration with a non-for-profit care organisation.  The aim of the project is to develop the conceptual framework she created in her PhD into a workable practice, but also to begin a model of cultural change in the way residential care is viewed. Kellyn is interested in critical realism and realist evaluation as an approach to understand causal mechanisms in care practice. She is also interested in innovation and enterprise. She intends to turn Material Citizenship into a start-up social enterprise to ensure all care organisations can afford evidence-based training.

In June 2019 Kellyn was appointed the role of Co-Director of the Doctoral Training Centre – Dementia Care. In this role she supports the DTC meet its objectives, helps to build relations with stakeholders, supports and supervises PhD students.


PhD Health Sciences (Southampton)

MRes Science (Portsmouth)

BSc (Hons) Psychology (Portsmouth)

PhD supervision

Leah Hewer-Richards (2018 –present) FIND: an exploration of how Faecal Incontinence impacts the provision of Dementia care. Funded by the Alzheimer’s Society. Supervision team: Professor Jackie Bridges, Dr Ruth Bartlett, Dr Kellyn Lee.

Research interests

I am motivated by working to promote equality for those who are vulnerable to discrimination. My intention is to bring about cultural change in long-term care both in practice but also from a societal perspective. My aim is for health care professionals and care staff to view people moving into a care home an active and in need of rehabilitation, wherever possible. This is particularly pertinent to people with a dementia who often move into a care home following a hospital admission and never leave.  Changing the function of care homes will ensure that those who can live independently do so for longer.

Current projects

  • Material Citizenship project – developing an educational training programme for care home staff, relatives and people living in care homes
  • CLECC - a practice development programme that aims to promote compassionate care for older people in an acute care setting
  • MOCS - supporting self-management of multimorbidity during cancer recovery in old age: development and feasibility of an intervention

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Dr Kellyn Lee
Health Sciences, Student Office, University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton. SO17 1BJ

Room Number: 67/3003/M54

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