South-African born Aniéle Viljoen-Steele lived in Cape Town until she was 19 before she moved to South-West London where she spent the next 12 years before coming to the Highlands of Scotland. Cantray-based, she lives with her husband and a wee rescue Staff, is passionate about preservation and conservation and has a keen interest in art, culture, and humanities.
Her undergraduate dissertation in Psychology, which explored positive psychology and tourism at an outdoor winter festival, achieved an Excellence Award in qualitative research from the British Psychological Society and introduced her to practical fieldwork. She began her PhD in September 2019, at the Centre for Health Science, working on “Physical Activity in Older Adults with Visual Impairment” within the Rural Health and Wellbeing Department.
Research Activity: My PhD project
Older adults with visual impairment are a sector of society with a high prevalence of inactivity and sedentary behaviour and at an increased risk of negative health outcomes. Data for older adults with visual impairment is limited and innovative approaches are necessary to encourage activity especially when the population is ageing, and the prevalence of visual impairment increases with age. The project is framed in the Behavioural Epidemiological Framework. The goal is to co-produce and develop an intervention to promote physical activity in older adults with visual impairment. The project values context and is viewed through a critical realist ontological lens.
Research Grant: The project is being undertaken at the University of the Highlands and Islands and funded by the European Social Fund and Scottish Funding Council as part of Developing Scotland’s Workforce in Scotland 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment (ESIF) Programme.
Academic Qualifications: BSc Hons Psychology
Professional Bodies: Graduate Member of the British Psychological Society