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Dr Rachael Frost
  • Research Associate
  • Primary Care & Population Health
  • Institute of Epidemiology & Health
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences

Dr Rachael Frost graduated with First Class Honours in BSc Herbal Medicine from the University of Central Lancashire. During this time she also undertook a paid summer internship in mental health research, which led to a poster prize, a presentation to an international research group and attending an undergraduate conference at Ithaca University in the USA. She has a MSc in Health Sciences from the University of York. Her subsequent PhD studentship at Glasgow Caledonian University explored methods of measuring adherence to home-based rehabilitation interventions and ways that the use of adherence diaries could be optimised, which led to an interest in ageing research. During this time she also worked as a systematic reviewer and interviewer on a number of other research projects. 

Rachael has been based at UCL since 2015 in the Centre for Ageing and Population Studies, working on ageing research projects including a NIHR HTA-funded pilot and feasibility trial of frailty prevention, a NIHR SPCR six month fellowship and a NIHR SPCR-funded study of depression and anxiety in frail older people. She has carried out public engagement work with frail older people in day centres, funded by UCL Culture, and was awarded a place on a collaborative early career ageing workshop in Sao Paolo in June 2018.  

Rachael is currently a Research Associate on PriDem, an Alzheimer’s Society-funded project to develop and evaluate primary care-led models of good post-diagnostic care for people with dementia and their carers. She is also a collaborator on an ESRC-funded project relating to experiences of depression in people with long term conditions, a member of the British Society of Gerontology and the Society for Academic Primary Care and an Associate Editor for the Journal of Herbal Medicine.

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Dr Rachael Frost’s current areas of research interest focus upon maintaining health and quality of life in older adults, particularly those with complex physical, cognitive and/or psychological comorbidities. She is particularly interested in improving primary care-based management of these conditions and developing and evaluating interventions in this area. She has experience in systematic reviewing, qualitative research methods and feasibility trials. 

Teaching Summary

Dr Rachael Frost is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She is a co-lead on the Qualitative Research Methods in Health course, Paediatrics and Child Health Qualitative Methods course and iBSc Primary Care Qualitative Research Methods course. She also lectures on the Diseases of Ageing module for biological sciences students and Use of Evidence module for first year medical students. Rachael has supervised Foundation Year trainees on research placements, Academic Clinical Fellows, MSc and BSc dissertations and is a tertiary PhD supervisor.

Academic Background
2019 FHEA ATQ03 - Recognised by the HEA as a Fellow – Teaching and Learning in Higher Education University College London
2018 AFHEA ATQ02 - Recognised by the HEA as an Associate Fellow – Teaching and Learning in Higher Education University College London
2016 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Health Science Glasgow Caledonian University
2012 MSc Master of Science – Health Science University of York
2011 BSc Bachelor of Science – Herbalism University of Central Lancashire
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