Senior Research Fellow
Place of work / study:
University College London, Division of Psychiatry
Area of research:
Risk factors for dementia and behavioural interventions to reduce risk for dementia
How is your work funded?
Alzheimer’s Society, European Commission
Tell us a little about yourself:
My research focuses on psychological risk factors for dementia and behavioural interventions to reduce these risks. I developed and am empirically testing the concept of ‘Cognitive Debt’ to explain the mechanistic action of these risks, and I am the chief investigator of a European Commission-funded multi-country clinical trial investigating the impact of mindfulness training on anxiety symptoms in older adults at high risk of dementia.
I returned from maternity leave 4 months ago, after giving birth to a lovely little boy, and now work part-time.
Tell us a fun fact about yourself:
I did a 100K Oxfam walk.
Why did you choose to work in dementia?
It feels like my purpose in life: the world needs more research into the risks for dementia, I am passionate about helping people and intellectually curious about the subject.