Dr Shanti Farrington
- 01202 965533
- sfarrington at bournemouth dot ac dot uk
- Principal Academic in Psychology
- Poole House P328, Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole, BH12 5BB
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My current research and focus is to translate findings from empirical or cognitive research to clinical/counselling application. Specifically, focusing on how emotional regulation, cognitive control and trauma may affect our everyday life and resilience. With the aim to use empirical findings to inform rehabilitation strategies in people diagnosed with neurological disorders, and who may have experienced any form of trauma. Wearing my public engagement cap, I am interested in creating more awareness about mental health, emotional and cognitive decline especially in people with brain injury, stroke and other neurological disorders.
In academic research, I use behavioural, neuropsychological approaches in neurological patients and healthy controls. Contributing to various applied projects in areas like trauma, suicide and resilience. I often use methods including diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), fMRI/lesion analysis approaches and electrical stimulation (tDCS/TMS in healthy controls) to understand the brain mechanisms underlying cognition... I am a member of the Ageing and Dementia Research Centre (ADRC) and Social Cognitive Clinical Affective Neuroscience (SC2AN) Group. I supervise students (BSc., MSc. and PhD) and contribute to various research projects and am engaged in collaborative work with South Asia focusing on Mental Health and Well-being.
On the clinical front, I am currently working towards my accreditation to be a practising counsellor. In this role, I build on skills from my training in academic neuropsychology and incorporate various models but primarily using a Humanistic Integrative Approach with aspects from Neuropsychology and Neuropsychoanalysis.more
- Bradley, L., Shanker, S., Murphy, J., Fenge, L.A. and Heward, M., 2023. Effectiveness of digital technologies to engage and support the wellbeing of people with dementia and family carers at home and in care homes: A scoping review. Dementia, 22 (6), 1292-1313.
- El-Zein, R., Murphy, J., Shanker, S. and Thomas, P.W., 2022. The Effectiveness of Dietary-Induced Ketogenesis on Cognition in Older Adults: A Scoping Review of the Literature. SN Comprehensive Clinical Medicine, 4.
- Shanker, S., Wasti, S.P., Ireland, J., Regmi, P., Simkhada, P. and van Teijlingen, E., 2021. The Interdisciplinary Team Not the Interdisciplinarist. Europasian Journal of Medical Sciences, 3 (2), 1-5.
- Shanker, S., Wasti, S.P., Ireland, J., Regmi, P., Simkhada, P. and van Teijlingen, E., 2021. The Interdisciplinary Team not the Interdisciplinarist: reflections on Interdisciplinary Research. Europasian Journal of Medical Sciences, 3 (2).
- Varkovetski, M., Pihkanen, K., Shanker, S., Parris, B.A. and Gurr, B., 2020. What type of inhibition underpins performance on Luria’s Fist-Edge-Palm task? Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, 42 (6), 544-555.
- Grzeschik, R., Conroy-Dalton, R., Innes, A., Shanker, S. and Wiener, J.M., 2019. The contribution of visual attention and declining verbal memory abilities to age-related route learning deficits. Cognition, 187, 50-61.
- Hicks, B., Carroll, D., Shanker, S. and El-Zeind, A., 2019. ‘Well I’m still the Diva!’ Enabling people with dementia to express their identity through graffiti arts: Innovative practice. Dementia, 18 (2), 814-820.
- Shanker, S. and Panikker, D.M., 2017. What Lies Beneath? An exploration of Secrets held by Urban Youth DOI:10.25215/0403.123. The International Journal of Indian Psychology, 30.
- Turnbull, O.H., Bowman, C.H., Shanker, S. and Davies, J.L., 2014. Emotion-based learning: Insights from the Iowa Gambling Task. Frontiers in Psychology, 5 (MAR).
- Salas, C.E., Vaughan, F., Shanker, S. and Turnbull, O.H., 2013. Stuck in a moment, Concreteness and psychotherapy after acquired brain injury. Journal of Neuro-disability & Psychotherapy,, 1 (1), 1-38.
- Nair, G., Van Dyk, K., Shah, U., Purohit, D.P., Shah, A.B., Grossman, H., Perl, D., Ganwir, V., Shanker, S. and Sano, M., 2012. Characterizing cognitive deficits and dementia in an aging urban population in India. International Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease..
- Race, E.A., Shanker, S. and Wagner, A.D., 2009. Neural priming in human frontal cortex: Multiple forms of learning reduce demands on the prefrontal executive system. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 21 (9), 1766-1781.
- Simkhada, B., Thapa Magar, S., Simkhada, P., van Teijlingen, E. and Shanker, S., 2023. Cultural practice and policy in dementia care in Nepal. In: the Ninth National Summit of Health and Population Scientists in Nepal. This annual conference organised by the NHRC (Nepal Health Research Council) 11-12 April 2023 Kathmandu, Nepal.
- El Zein, R., Shanker, S. and Murphy, J.L., 2021. Dietary intakes in community-dwelling older adults during the COVID-19 outbreak. PROCEEDINGS OF THE NUTRITION SOCIETY, 80 (OCE1).
- Raysa El Zein, 2021. Feasibility of a dietary intervention using coconut oil on cognition and quality of life in older adults: a Randomised Controlled Pilot study, (In progress)
Profile of Teaching PG
- Clinical and Cognitive Neuropsychology
- MSc FCP Roots and Ranges
- Clinical & Cognitive Neuropsychology: MSc - Clinical and Developmental Neuropscyhology
- Ageing & Neurodegenerative Disorders: MSc - Clinical and Developmental Neuropscyhology
Profile of Teaching UG
- Experimental Methods and Statistical Analysis (EMSA) 2b
- Biological and Cognitive Psychology (BOCS)
- Experimental Methods and Statistical Analysis (EMSA 1b)
- UKIERI Student Mobility to India for Research and Clinical Experience (UK-India Education and Research Initiative, 01 Jul 2020). Awarded
- Scoping study to understand the maternal health, ageing and wellness in rural India to develop a grass-root centre addressing these issues. (71079, 01 Mar 2018). Awarded
- BRANES – Building Resilience and Awareness through Neuropsychology Education in the Society (British Psychological Society Public Engagement Grant, 01 Dec 2016). In Progress
Public Engagement & Outreach Activities
- Pint of Science is an annual science festival that takes place every May and brings researchers to your local pub to show you the latest happenings in the world of science. (14 May 2018-16 May 2018)
- BRANES – Building Resilience and Awareness through Neuropsychology Education in Society (06 Mar 2018)
- The art of bouncing back. (08 Jul 2017)
- Pint of Science is an annual science festival that takes place every May and brings researchers to your local pub to show you the latest happenings in the world of science. (15 May 2017-17 May 2017)
- Spotless Mind: the science behind selective forgetting. (http://soapboxscience.org/) (11 Jun 2016)
- PhD in Psychology (Neuropsychology) (Bangor University, Wales, 2016)
- MSc in Foundations of Clinical Neuropsychology (Bangor University, Wales, UK, 2012)
- MSc in Psychology (University of Madras, India, 2005)