Dr Leah Macaden

Senior Lecturer
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Leah Macaden

Dr Leah Macaden is a Senior Lecturer from the Department of Nursing and Midwifery at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) in Scotland. She was on the Faculty of Nursing as a Professor at the Christian Medical College, Vellore in India [1995 – 2011] with a wide range of academic, clinical, management and research expertise. Her expertise include pedagogical innovations, co design and interdisciplinary collaboration in education and research. Her research integrated teaching focus on three key areas around the care of older adults: dementia; dignity and sensory impairments. She is a keen investor in building future capacity for research and has secured four externally funded PhD studentships competitively since 2016.  

She is a Senior Fellow of the Advance HE and an alumnus of the Scottish Crucible. She was recognised as a Churchill Fellow [UK] in 2019 for her leadership and expertise with innovative approaches to dementia education for workforce development. During the recent pandemic, she received the Churchill Fellowship’s competitive COVID – 19 Action Fund [2020] to design the first comprehensive dementia education resource for blended learning for staff working in care homes: COVID – 19 Dementia Education Program for Care Homes [CODECH] which will become part of the COVID – 19 Knowledge Bank in the UK.

Dr Macaden is a member of the Northern Nursing Education Network of the UArctic, International Nursing Advisory Board, Gulf Medical University and was recently invited as an Expert Reviewer by the UAE Ministry of Education for their first Professional Practice Framework for the BSc Nursing Graduate and one of two nurse academics on the Executive Committee of the Scottish Dementia Research Consortium [2022].


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PhD Supervision

  1. Self-monitoring of blood glucose (SMBG) in Tayside, Scotland, among people with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes treated with insulin (Successful completion in 2016).
  2. Implementation of Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC) for Low Birth Weight (LBW) Infants along a Facility-Community Continuum in India (October 2016) – (Successful completion in 2021).
  3. Facilitating and evaluating the impacts of technology -enabled specialist diabetes service delivery to care homes, Scotland.
  4. How might the deployment of Digital Technologies improve mental health and reduce inequalities for young people in the Highlands and Islands Region?
  5. Bringing the Virtual into Reality: Immersive Virtual Environment Technology and Wellbeing for People Living with Dementia in Rural Settings: An Action Research Project.
  6. Technology Enabled Dementia Education and Support (TEDES) for Health Care Professionals in Rural Scotland.


  •  More information can be viewed in PURE


  •  More information can be viewed in PURE


  • PhD, MSc [N], BSc [N], RN RM

Professional bodies

  • NMC, Tamilnadu Nursing & Midwifery Council – India, Advance Higher Education, UK


  • Dementia Education and workforce development
  • Technology Enabled Education and Care Delivery 
  • Pharmaceutical care of older people with sensory impairments
  • Codesign of educational resources
  • Dignity as a Human Right: Education and Practice
  • Complexities of Care in multimorbidity
  • Nurse Education: Pedagogy & Curriculum Development


  • Supervision: MSc Dissertation, PhD
  • Multimorbidity, Dementia, Sensory Impairments and Frailty
  • End of Life Care