Eneida is an occupational therapist by background (BSc Hons OT and MSc OT, USP Sao Paulo, Brazil) with a PhD in Applied Cognitive Psychology (Cambridge, UK). She has over 20 years of clinical and research experience working in multiple countries: Brazil, Australia, UK. Her translational research programme addresses the complex interactions of brain changes, functional dependence, and family context in neurodegenerative conditions, in particular dementias and motor neurone disease. Her work has led to the development of novel clinical assessment tools widely used internationally, and the development of novel non-pharmacological interventions.
Eneida is passionate about research capacity building and has led several initiatives to support clinical academic careers, in particular those in dementia care research.
- Research Capacity in Dementia Care Programme funded by the NIHR to CLAHRCs supporting 11 PhD students, from 2016-2019;
- Dementia Care Research PhDs at UEA, a co-funding initiative supporting 3 PhD students: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences UEA, NIHR ARC East of England & Norfolk and Suffolk Primary and Community Care Research Office, from 2018-2023;
- International UK-Brazil Workshop for 27 early career researchers in dementia funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund Rapid Response, 2019.
- DEM COMM Dementia postdoctoral co-funding for 7 postdocs at our ARC (2022-2025)
In her ARC EoE capacity, Eneida is Deputy Director and also NIHR ARC East of England Academic Career Development Lead, chairing our ARC EoE Capacity Building Committee.