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Dr Ben Hicks

  • bhicks at bournemouth dot ac dot uk
  • Lecturer (Academic) in Health Psychology
  • Executive Business Centre EB101, Bournemouth University, 89 Holdenhurst Road, Bournemouth, BH8 8EB
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Ben completed his BSc in Psychology at Newcastle University in 2005 and then took up research posts at Goldsmiths University and the Institute for Employment Studies. In 2012 he completed his Post Graduate studies in Applied Social Research at Stirling University and then he moved to Bournemouth University to undertake his PhD, which he completed in 2016.

Currently Ben is a Lecturer in the Psychology Department. His research interests are concerned with supporting the social inclusion and well-being of people with dementia and their care partners. This includes understanding how to successfully implement and engage people with dementia in ecopsychosocial initiatives. Specifically, he has expertise in using creative initiatives as a means to appeal to people with dementia and enhance their sense of inclusion. These include graffiti art, commercial gaming technology (Nintendo Wii, Microsoft Kinect and iPads) as well as dance and drama.

Ben is Deputy Director at the Ageing and Dementia Research Centre (ADRC) within Bournemouth University and theme leader for their work on Social Inclusion and Activity...



Ben's PhD study examined the challenges of engaging rural-dwelling older men (65+ years) with dementia in a commercial digital gaming technological initiative using Nintendo Wii, Microsoft Kinect and iPads. The research dealt with complex issues such as masculinity, social inclusion , rurality and technology, and provided important recommendations for practitioners wishing to engage this hard to reach population.

Since completing his PhD, Ben has been successful in obtaining external research grants from ERASMUS+ (2016 and 2017) as well as internal grants from BU HEIF funds to advance knowledge on using technology with people with dementia. These research projects seek ways to raise awareness of technology as a means to engage people with dementia and provide support for practitioners wishing to use this medium. Ben has also been funded by the British Psychological Society (BPS) to examine how graffiti arts can be used to promote a sense of inclusion and identity for people with dementia, as well as understand how a dementia diagnosis sits within the wider social context of a person's life.

Journal Articles



  • Hicks, B., 2016. Exploring the use of a commercial digital gaming technological initiative to enable social inclusion for community-dwelling older men with dementia in rural England. PhD Thesis. Bournemouth University, Faculty of Health and Social Sciences.


  • Development Of A Training Program For The Improvement Of Quality Of Life Of Persons With Alzheimer Through “Serious Games” (ERASMUS+, 15 Nov 2016). Awarded
  • BRANES – Building Resilience and Awareness through Neuropsychology Education in the Society (British Psychological Society, 08 Nov 2016). Awarded


  • Ageing and Dementia Research Centre, Member,
  • British Society of Gerontology, Member (2012-),
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