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 Axel Erik Bergstrom

Axel Erik Bergstrom

Research student,

Overview

I am a PhD student in the field of dementia and communication. Before arriving in Cardiff, I completed postgraduate studies in speech and language pathology, where I acquired a clinical license as a speech and language therapist.


Reserach: Exploration of communicationg strategies amongst carers to persons living with Alzheimer's Disease


I am funded by the ESRC, Cardiff University College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, and Health Care Research Wales. Furthermore, I have an external partner, 'Empowered Conversations', which is an educational service funded by Age UK, aiming to improve communication abilities in carers to persons living with a dementia. I am currently in my first year and have not commenced any empirical studies as of yet. Prospectively, my data will consist of recordings of persons living with a dementia and carers, and qualitative interviews with carers. I intend to explore what carers to persons living with a dementia say that they need in terms of communication support, and interpret their responses through the lense of multiple pragmatic theories.


Academic Background



  • MA in Speech and Language Pathology, Linköping University, Sweden (2014-2018)

  • MA in Language and Communication Research at Cardiff University (2019-2020; Merit)

Research

Research interests

My reserach is aiming to improving communication alleviation strategies for carers to persons living with a dementia. My data will consist of recordings of communication in a dementia context, and qualitative interviews with carers to persons living with a dementia. I will interpret these data through the lens of multiple theoretical frameworks in order to explore how communication alleviation strategies facilitate communication. 

Supervisors

Alison Wray

Professor Alison Wray

Research Professor