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Lecturer in Psychology, University of Brighton

I am a Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Brighton with a specialism in Biological Psychology and Cognitive Psychology. Although, I teach on a wide range of psychological subjects, including research methods, and supervise dissertation students in various psychology fields. I have over 12 years' experience of conducting research into people living with dementia, especially their memory for everyday activities. I've also researched attitudes towards dementia in a group of dementia caregivers in Pakistan. I've studied how loneliness and social networks affect cognition in people living with dementia. More recently, I've investigated how people living with dementia of the Alzheimer-type sleep and how that relates to next day performance.

I am a chartered member of the British Psychological Society (BPS), making me a chartered psychologist (CPsychol) in the Division of Academic Research and Teaching. I gained a PhD in Psychology from the University of Sussex in 2015. I have a MSc in Health Psychology and a BSc (Hons) in Psychology. I also have fellowship status with the Higher Education Authority (FHEA).


  • 2021–present
    Lecturer, University of Brighton
  • 2019–2021
    Lecturer, BPP University
  • 2018–2020
    Associate Editor, Journal of Alzheimer's Disease
  • 2016–2019
    Dementia research fellow, Brighton & Sussex Medical School
  • 2015–2016
    Research assistant, Kings College London


  • 2020 
    BPP University, Post-Graduate Certificate of Learning & Teaching
  • 2015 
    University of Sussex, PhD in Psychology
  • 2006 
    University of Southampton, MSc in Health Psychology
  • 2004 
    Southampton Solent University, BSc (Hons) Psychology


  • 2022
    Alzheimer's & Dementia: Diagnosis, Assessment & Disease Monitoring, Balouch, S, Dijk, DAD, Rusted, J, Skene, SS, Tabet, N, Dijk, D-J. (2022). Night-to-night variation in sleep associates with day-to-day variation in vigilance, cognition, memory, and behavioral problems in Alzheimer's disease. Alzheimer's & Dementia: Diagnosis, Assessment & Disease Monitoring, 14(e12303).
  • 2020
    Ageing & Society, Farina, N., Balouch, S. Willis, R. & Zaidi, A. (2020). Attitudes, Knowledge and Beliefs about of Dementia: Perceptions of the General Public in Pakistan. Ageing & Society, 40(12), 2558-2573. doi:10.1017/S0144686X19000862
  • 2020
    Dementia, Balouch, S., Farina, N., Willis, R. & Zaidi, A. (2020). Dementia awareness, beliefs and barriers to care: experiences of dementia caregivers in Pakistan. Dementia.
  • 2019
    International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, Balouch, S., Rifaat, E., Chen, H. L., & Tabet, N. (2019). An exploratory study of social networks and loneliness in people with Alzheimer’s disease. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 34(5): 666-673. doi: 10.1002/gps.5065
  • 2018
    The Gerontologist, Willis, R., Zaidi, A., Balouch, S. & Farina, N. (2018). Experiences of people with dementia in Pakistan: Help-seeking, understanding, stigma, and religion. The Gerontologist. [Epub ahead of print]. DOI: 10.1093/geront/gny143
  • 2017
    Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, Macedo, A. C., Balouch, S. and Tabet, N. (2017). Is sleep disruption a risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease? Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, 58(4), 993-1002. doi: 10.3233/JAD-161287. PMID: 28550253
  • 2015
    Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, Balouch, S. & Rusted, J. M. (2015). Can verbal instruction enhance the recall of an everyday task and promote error-monitoring in people with dementia of the Alzheimer-type? Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, Sep 2: 1-24. [Epub ahead of print]. DOI: 10.1080/09602011.2015.1081098
  • 2015
    Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice and Policy, Ayers S., Rados S. & Balouch S. (2015). Narratives of traumatic birth: Quality and changes over time. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice and Policy, 7(3): 234-242. DOI: 10.1037/a0039044.
  • 2014
    Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, Balouch, S. & Rusted, J. M. (2014). Error-monitoring in an everyday task in people with Alzheimer-type dementia: Observations over 5 years of performance decline. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, Aug 13:1-14. [Epub ahead of print]. DOI: 10.1080/13803395.2014.943697
  • 2013
    Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, Balouch, S. & Rusted, J. M. (2013). Age related changes in error monitoring of an everyday task. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 19(7): 763-772. DOI: 10.1017/S1355617713000519

Grants and Contracts

  • 2018
    Dementia Symposium
    Funding Source:
    Researcher Led Initiative Fund, Doctoral School, University of Sussex
  • 2017
    Dementia in Low and Middle Income Countries – Understanding Attitudes and Beliefs
    Funding Source:
    Age UK, Age International, HelpAge International and Alzheimer’s Disease International
  • 2016
    Pump Priming Award
    Funding Source:
    Alzheimer's Research UK Southern Network
  • 2009
    A detailed exploration of everyday task performance changes in people with dementia
    PhD Candidate
    Funding Source:
    Michael Chowen Scholarship, University of Sussex

Professional Memberships

  • Chartered Member of British Psychological Society
  • Fellow Higher Education Authority