Dr Andrea Mayrhofer

Senior Research Fellow – Embedded Adult Social Care

I am a Senior Research Fellow. The strategic remit of my post is to support the development of Social Care Research across the NENC ARC, the Local Clinical Research Network (LCRN) and a local authority. This includes being embedded in Adult Social Care settings at the local level, providing relevant research-skills training and supporting all aspects of research development.

My background is in Sociology, Society and Community with a focus on vulnerable populations. Applied research methodologies employed in previous studies include a variety of qualitative and mixed methods. My research experience includes working cross-culturally and internationally. Recent work focused on dementia care and post-diagnostic social care support for individuals and families affected by young onset dementia. Current work focuses more specifically on Adult Social Care aspects of research.

Areas of interest

  • Integration of Health and Social Care
  • Dementia
  • Caregiving (informal and formal); Providing care at home
  • Third-Sector involvement and volunteering in providing care
  • Knowledge transfer between research and practice, practitioners and academia

Recent publications

Mathie, E; Antony, A; Killett, A; Darlington, N; Buckner, S; Lafortune, L; Mayrhofer, A; Dickinson, A; Woodward, M; Goodman, C. 2022. Dementia-friendly communities: The involvement of people living with dementia. Dementia: International Journal of Social Research and Practice.


Mayrhofer A, Goodman C, Lafortune L, Smeeton N, Shora S. Third sector provision of dementia support in the community: results from a scoping exercise of charity involvement in the UK. Voluntary Sector Review 2021, Epub ahead of print.

Mayrhofer, A., Greenwood, N., Smeeton, N., Almack, K., Buckingham, L., Shora, S., Goodman, C.  2021. Understanding the financial impact of a diagnosis of young onset dementia on individuals and their families in the UK: results from an online survey. Health and Social Care in the Community. 2021; 00:1-8.


Darlington N, Mathie E, Mayrhofer A, Goodman C, Arthur A, Woodward M, Killett A, Thurman J, Buckner S, Lafortune L. A survey of the experience of living with dementia in a dementia-friendly community. Dementia, International Journal of Social Research and Practice. 2021, 20(5), 1711-1722.

Towers, A-M., Killett, A., Handley, M., Almack, K., Blackhouse, T., Diane, B., Bunn, F., Dickinson, A., Mathie, E., Mayrhofer, A., Mikelyte, R. & Goodman, C. 2020. What a global pandemic has taught us about our value and expectations of front-line care home staff.  In: Journal of Long-Term Care. p. 151–166 https://doi.org/10.31389/jltc.43

Darlington, N., Arthur, A., Woodward, M., Buckner, S., Killett, A., Lafortune, L., Mathie, E., Mayrhofer, A., Thurman, J. & Goodman, C., 8 Oct 2020; A survey of the experience of living with dementia in a dementia friendly community: In: Dementia: International Journal of Social Research and Practice. https://doi.org/10.1177/1471301220965552

Mayrhofer, A., Shora, S., Tibbs, M-A., Russell, S., Littlechild, B. & Goodman, C., 2020. Living with young onset dementia: Reflections on recent developments, current discourse, and implications for policy and practice. Aging and Society;

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0144686X20000422

Buckner S, Darlington N, Woodward M, Buswell M, Mathie E, Arthur A, Lafortune L, Killet A, Mayrhofer A, Thurman J, Goodman C.  2019. Dementia Friendly Communities in England: A scoping Study.  International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.  DOI:10.1002/gps.5123; https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/gps.5123

Woodward M, Arthur A, Darlington N, Buckner S, Killet A, Thurman J, Buswell M, Lafortune L, Mathie E, Mayrhofer A, Goodman C. 2019.  The place for Dementia Friendly Communities in England and its relationship with epidemiological need.  International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry (34(1): 61-71. Doi: 10.1002/gps.4987. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/gps.4987

Mayrhofer A, Mathie E, McKeown J, Goodman C, Irvine L, Hall N & Walker M.  2018. Young onset dementia: Public involvement in co-designing community-based support. 2018. Dementia: International Journal of Social Research and Practice. doi.org/10.1177/1471301218793463. https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/1471301218793463

Gordon A, Goodman C, Davies S, Denning T, Gage H, Meyer J, Schneider J, Bell B, Jordan J, Martin F, Iliffe S, Bowman C, Gladman J, Victor C, Mayrhofer A, Handley M, Zubair M. 2018. Optimal health care delivery to care homes in the UK: a realist evaluation of what supports effective working to improve healthcare.  Age & Aging, 47(4):595-603. Doi 10.1093.


Mayrhofer A, Goodman, C & Smeeton, N. 2016. The role of Dementia Champion in dementia care: Its aspirations, development and training needs (innovative practice). Dementia. 15(5), 2016, pp.1306-1312.


 Mayrhofer A & Goodman, C. 2016. Workforce development in dementia care through education and training: an audit of two counties.  Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice, Vol 11, no. 2.


Mayrhofer A, Goodman, C, Smeeton, NC, Handley, M, Amador, S & Davies, S. 2016. The feasibility of a train-the-trainer approach to end of life care training in care homes: an evaluation.  BMC Palliative Care, Vol 15, 11.


 Goodman C, Froggatt, K, Amador, S, Mathie, E & Mayrhofer, A. 2015. End of life care interventions for people with dementia in care homes: addressing uncertainty within a framework for service delivery and evaluation. BMC Palliative Care, Vol 14, 42. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1186/s12904-015-0040-0

Mayrhofer, A, Goodman, C & Holman, C. 2015. Establishing a community of practice for dementia champions (innovative practice). Dementia, Vol 14, no. 2, pp. 259-266.


 Get in touch

Email:  andrea.mayrhofer@newcastle.ac.uk

ORCID ID: http://orcid.org/0000-0002-0606-2865