Tihana is an expert on commissioning and provision of care services for older people, with a focus on motivations, incentives, and the relationship between service commissioners and care providers. Her most recent research looks at the association between cognitive changes and genetic predispositions in terms of the aetiology of dementia.
She is currently working on a study examining cognitive health that is funded by the Health Foundation. The study uses geostatistical modelling techniques developed from brain imaging to explore relationships between neighbourhoods and cognition. The study will use interviews and group discussions with members of the public, policy-makers, and health professionals to explore people’s conceptions of cognition and cognitive change in terms of their association with neighbourhood factors.
Previously, Tihana was involved in a collaborative project run by the Institute of Education (University of London) and CPEC LSE that aimed to identify community-engagement approaches capable of reducing health inequalities. She also worked on a study commissioned by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence which explored the effectiveness of interventions for improving mental health and wellbeing amongst older people.
Tihana has published a number of peer-reviewed articles, reports, discussion papers, and monographs. She has acted as an advisor to a range of national and international organisations, including the Care Quality Commission (CQC), the European Commission, the King’s Fund, and the Open Society Institute.
Tihana holds a BSc in Psychology from the University of Westminster as well as an MSc in Social Psychology and a PhD in Social Policy both from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She recently completed a postgraduate course on the neuroscience of dementia at the Institute of Neurology (University College London).