Research student, School of Psychology
My PhD work focuses on characteristic cognitive impairments in dementia with Lewy bodies, and how these may help us differentiate the disorder from similar conditions, such as Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease. Dementia with Lewy bodies is commonly misdiagnosed in clinic, which can result in inproper pharmacological management which may be dangerous or fatal. By investigating symptoms and cognitive impairments which may aid in the correct diagnosis of this condition, we may be able to increase the successful diagnosis of the disease.
To do so, I work with patients who are in early stages of disease. I employ cognitive testing and MR techniques to help locate networks within the brain which may suffer white matter and/or neurochemical impairment in these disorders, in order to determine how this relates to the cognitive symptoms we see. Moreover, I hope that by doing so, I may be able to understand more about the regions which are affected earlier in the disorder, which may have an impact in clinical management.
I am a Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) supporting first year BSc Psychology students in 'Introduction to Psychology’ seminars.
Research topics and related papers
Cognition and attention in neurodegeneration and ageing
Neurochemical networks in cognition
Visual perception and hallucinations
School of Psychology Open PhD studentship and Graduate Teaching Assistant award (October 2017)
Dr Claudia Metzler-Baddeley (Cardiff)
Dr John Evans (Cardiff)
Professor Anthony Bayer (Cardiff)
Dr Elizabeth Coulthard (Bristol)