Cambridge Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Group
Department of Psychiatry, University of Cambridge.
I am a cognitive neuropsychologist interested in the research of mental processes, their neural correlates and the most effective interventions for their enhancement. I am registered with the British Psychological Society as a Chartered Psychologist within the Division of Neuropsychology.
My research over the last four years has been on cardiovascular exercise as a protective factor against cognitive deterioration. Previous to this, I conducted a piece of research into children who presented with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder and dyslexia.
During my clinical training, much of my work was with adults with epilepsy, brain damage and Alzheimer’s disease. After that, I worked in a private clinic with children with intellectual disabilities and attention, communication and specific learning disorders.
I have been working with the Cambridge Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Group with Prof. Anthony Holland and Shahid Zaman to investigate the role of cerebral beta-amyloid in Alzheimer’s disease in Down’s syndrome. To this end, we are working to explore how beta-amyloid deposition is related to changes in cognitive functioning and brain morphometry, applying neuropsychological tests, MRI and PET.