Dr Claudia Metzler-Baddeley

Dr Claudia Metzler-Baddeley

Senior Lecturer and Research Fellow for Alzheimer's Society and BRACE

School of Psychology

Research summary

My research looks at how networks of cortical and subcortical brain areas implement cognitive-behavioural control processes. I employ MRI brain imaging techniques in combination with experimental-cognitive techniques to study both clinical and non-clinical populations. My research focuses on studying changes in cognition and in the brain related to:

  • Cognitive and behavioural training
  • Healthy and pathological ageing
  • Lifestyle and genetic risk of dementia
  • Neurodegeneration in particular Alzheimer’s disease and Huntington’s disease.

My research aims to understand the risk factors and early warning signs for later life dementia and to develop and evaluate training interventions to promote successful ageing and prevention and delay of disease.

Teaching summary

I supervise final year project students and first year personal tutees.

Undergraduate education

Psychology at Bonn University, Germany

Postgraduate education

D.Phil work on frontal attention deficits at Sussex University


Alzheimer’s Society and BRACE Research Fellow and  Lecturer, Cardiff University

Research Associate, Cardiff University

Neuropsychologist at the Research Institute for the Care of Older People (RICE) in Bath

Lectureship in Psychology at Manchester University and postdoctoral work at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London

Honours and awards

Awards/External Committees

2011 - Associate Fellow of British Psychological Society (AFBPsS).

2011 - Specialist Review Panel member of the Alzheimer’s Society.

Research topics and related papers

Cognitive Neuroscience of ageing and neurodegeneration
Risk factors of disease
Brain plasticity


Metzler-Baddeley  C (PI) (2014) How do individual differences in midlife adiposity and APOE genotype as risk factors for dementia affect brain structure and cognition? A cross-sectional MRI study. Alzheimer’s Society and BRACE Fellowship. £305,161 for 36 months.

Metzler-Baddeley, C (PI), Jones, DK, Rosser AE. (2014) Effects of a novel intervention on white matter microstructure and cognition in Huntington’s disease. NISCHR and Welcome Trust ISSF project grant. £69,769 for 12 months.

Research group

Cognitive Neuroscience
Imaging Science

Research collaborators


2008 - Consultation/Participation  in BBC documentation on Terry Pratchett Living with Alzheimer’s Disease, broadcast February 2009.

2006 - Consultation for BBC Radio 4 Memory Experience.