Ben Hicks

Dr Ben Hicks

  • Lecturer (Academic) in Psychology
  • Poole House P302, Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole, BH12 5BB
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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 teaches across a range of subjects within Psychology including Social Psychology (concerned with group processes and identity), Controversies, Issues and Psychological Skills (addressing current issues within Psychology and challenges that can be addressed by Psychology), and Advanced Research Methods in qualitative approaches...



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

  • Kenigsberg, P.A., Hicks, B. et al., 2019. Assistive Technologies to Address Capabilities of People with Dementia: From Research to Practice. Dementia, 18 (4), 1568-1595.
  • Hicks, B., Innes, A. and Nyman, S., 2019. Exploring the ‘active mechanisms’ for engaging rural-dwelling older men with dementia in a community technological initiative. Ageing and Society.
  • Hicks, B., Carroll, D., Shanker, S. and El-Zeind, A., 2017. ‘Well I’m still the Diva!’ Enabling people with dementia to express their identity through graffiti arts: Innovative practice. Dementia: The International Journal of Social Research and Practice.
  • Carter, A., Blackman, A., Hicks, B., Williams, M. and Hay, R., 2017. Perspectives on effective coaching by those who have been coached. International Journal of Training and Development, 21 (2), 73-91.
  • Cutler, C., Hicks, B. and Innes, A., 2015. Does digital gaming enable healthy ageing for communtiy dwelling people with dementia? Games and Culture: a journal of interactive media.
  • Price, R., Miller, L., Hicks, B. and Higgs, A., 2015. The introduction, deployment and impact of assistant practitioners in diagnostic radiography in Scotland. Radiography, 21 (2), 141-145.
  • Kennedy, F., Hicks, B. and Yarker, J., 2014. Work stress and cancer researchers: An exploration of the challenges, experiences and training needs of UK cancer researchers. European Journal of Cancer Care, 23 (4), 462-471.
  • Cutler, C., Hicks, B. and Innes, A., 2014. Technology, fun and games. Journal of Dementia Care, 22 (4), 12-13.
  • Munir, F., Yarker, J., Hicks, B. and Donaldson-Feilder, E., 2012. Returning employees back to work: developing a measure for supervisors to support return to work (SSRW). Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation, 22 (2), 196-208.



  • 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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