1. To develop pan-European research on Early, Timely and Quality Psychosocial Interventions in Dementia.
  2. To actively disseminate this and enhance practice, policy and the quality of life of people with dementia and their supporters, across Europe.
  3. To place people with dementia and their supporters at the centre of European research and practice, by actively involving them in developing these activities.

How do we work?

New members can apply for participation in Interdem by sending a letter with CV to the chair (prof. M. Vernooij-Dassen‎). Participants need to have:

  • publications in non pharmacological /non bio-medical approaches to dementia
  • a PhD or equivalent preferably in dementia care or a recommendation by an internationally renowned dementia expert in the field.

All applications will be reviewed by the Board. New members are invited to present their work and that of their group (including the head of their Centre if appropriate) at our Annual Interdem meeting alongside Alzheimers Europe or on another meeting.

Who is involved?

  • In March 2021 we have 229 members (academic and clinical researchers) from 19 European countries (UK, Ireland, Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Sweden, Czech Republic, Poland, Italy, Spain, France, Germany, Portugal, Malta and Switzerland)  and 2 countries outside Europe (USA and Australia) from the following professional disciplines: clinical or academic psychology / neuropsychology, medical sociology, social medicine, epidemiology, social work, occupational therapy, human movement therapy (physiotherapy), gerontological and mental health nursing, primary care physicians (GPs), and specialist physicians in geriatric medicine, neurology / neuropsychiatry, psychiatry and old age psychiatry.
    Furthermore, there are over 200 INTERDEM Academy members
  • Senior academic and clinical researchers, who are affiliated with a Research or Dissemination Unit in Dementia Care or University Department and who have a strong international published reputation in dementia care research.
  • Members who primarily conduct their research in Europe, with a few exceptions.
  • Members who lead Charities, Voluntary Organisations and NGOs, that represent people with dementia and carers as well as people with dementia or families who wish to join.

Become a new member

Applications for membership of INTERDEM in the form of

  • a letter of application and
  • an up to date brief curriculum vitae (on the form available on the INTERDEM web-site) should be  submitted to the Chair of the INTERDEM Board (Prof Myrra Vernooij-Dassen) and will be considered at the next Board meeting.

INTERDEM is a network of researchers exploring psychosocial interventions for dementia, who develop and implement  studies relevant to the INTERDEM vision and objectives (see also the INTERDEM Manifesto). Membership is free.

INTERDEM Membership is open to those who:

  • Have completed a PhD or equivalent
  • Have peer-reviewed publications on psychosocial research in dementia
  • Are willing to be an active and regular contributor to  INTERDEM meetings, workshops and projects

In exceptional circumstances the Board may vary these criteria on an individual basis.

If you have published in dementia care and are a senior academic or clinical psychosocial researcher, affiliated with a European Research or Dissemination Dementia Care Unit or University Department and you would like to collaborate with us, please send us brief information on your research activity & interest by completing this form.

You can download the form and send it by mail here.

A brief history



In 1999, a multi-professional group of researchers from Europe (UK, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands and the Republic of Ireland) who had contributed to the international literature in early dementia, gathered at the University of Hull, UK, co- funded by the European Commission (file no: SOC97 201452 05F03). The 1999 meeting included others from the UK, Spain, and The Netherlands who had also received co-funded support for related research from the European Commission.

Findings of pan-European psychosocial research in early dementia were pooled and INTERDEM, a network of research-practitioners / clinicians was thus established, with its first meeting hosted by INTRAS in Zamora, Spain in 2000. The purpose of this clinical academic network was to promote research on early recognition and psychosocial intervention in dementia, to build capacity and to develop a better understanding of the experience of people with dementia and their families, throughout Europe.

Annual Meetings and topic specific research meetings were organised. From 2002 on these coincided with the Alzheimer’s Europe annual meeting, since this was seen as a route for the dissemination of high quality pan- European research in early recognition and timely psychosocial intervention, thus enhancing best practice initiatives within the wider practitioner community. An INTERDEM co-ordinating Board was established in March 2006 to oversee the growing network across European nations. This website was developed from a co-funded European Commission project DIADEM and hosted by Alzheimer’s Europe (2004 -2007) and was then transferred to INTRAS, Spain.

About us


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Myrra Vernooij-Dassen
Professor and medical sociologist, Radboud UMC, the Netherlands. Chair INTERDEM, member SAB (JPND). Research: psychosocial interventions, social health, translational research, implementation, palliative care, organisation of care.

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Esme Moniz-Cook
Professor in Psychology Ageing & Dementia, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Dementia Lead,Yorks & Humber Clinical Research Network, Founder chair, now co-chair INTERDEM

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Manuel Ángel Franco
Head of Psychiatry Dept. of University Rio Hortega Hospital (Valladolid) and Zamora Hospital. Ass. Prof. (Salamanca University). Expert Technology applied to psychosocial approaches in dementia and quality of care management

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F. Verhey
Professor of Geriatric (Neuro)Psychiatry Maastricht University, co-director of the Alzheimer Center Limburg, the Netherlands. Research focusses on early diagnosis/ biomarkers, prevention, and psychosocial interventions.

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Bob Woods
Professor Emeritus of Clinical Psychology of Older People at Bangor University, Wales, UK and former director of the Dementia Services Development Centre Wales

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Rabih R. Chattat
Associate professor in Clinical Psychology of Aging and Dementia. Consultant in psychosocial interventions at regional and national level.

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Martin Orrell
Professor and Director of the Institute of Mental Health and Head of Division of Psychiatry and Applied Psychology at the Institute of Mental Health, University of Nottingham.

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Iva Holmerová
Consultant geriatrician, director of the Centre of Gerontology, Assoc. Prof. - Centre of Expertise in Longevity and Long-term Care, Faculty of Humanities.

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Franka Meiland
VU University medical center Amsterdam
Psychologist and senior researcher at department of Psychiatry VU University Medical centre. Research focusses on psychosocial (and ICT) interventions in dementia.

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Marjolein de Vugt
Maastricht University Medical Center
Professor Psychosocial innovations in dementia; head of Alzheimer Center Limburg, Maastricht, the Netherlands.

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Website committee


  • Franka Meiland, Health Psychologist – VU University Medical Centre
  • Hilde Verbeek, Neuropsychologist – University of Maastricht
  • Eva Iglesias, Communication Department – Intras Foundation
  • Marc Wortmann, Marc Wortmann Consultancy (MWC)
  • Dorota Szczesniak
  • Jan Steyaert, Scientific officer Expertisecentrum Dementie Vlaanderen
  • Henriëtte Van Der Roest, Social Psychologist
  • Ana Barbosa, PhD, Centre for Applied Dementia Studies, University of Bradford (UK)
  • Katarzyna Urbanska
  • Fania Dassen