PhD Trainees

Asaad began his PhD with CCACE in 2013/2014. He is investigating social cognition in healthy ageing and neurodegenerative diseases. A secondary aim is to explore ways to improve diagnosis of social cognitive deficits and the behavioural changes that occur with this impairments.

He is part of the Cognitive Ageing II: Human Cognitive Neuroscience group and is supervised by Dr Sarah MacPherson and Dr Sharon Abrahams.

He is based in the Department of Psychology, 7 George Square....

Catherine now works as a postdoctoral research associate on the 6-Day Sample Study and within CCACE. She completed her PhD with CCACE in 2012, investigating associations between cognitive ability differences and population health outcomes. She is experienced in working with...

Department of Psychology, 7 George Square.
Simon is a postdoctoral research associate in brain...

Alicia began her PhD with CCACE in September 2015 within the Human Cognitive Neuropsychology group. She is supervised by Pofessor Roberts Logie and Professor Wendy Johnson. Her main research interest is in the effects of ageing on visual working memory. She is based within 7 George Square. 


Saskia began her 1+3 PhD studentship in September 2014 and has completed her MSc in Individual Differences. Her PhD project will examine the shared genetic aetiology between cognitive ability, negative emotions and mental and physical health. She is supervised by Professor Ian Deary, Professor Andrew McIntosh (Department of Psychiatry), and Dr Sarah Harris. Saskia is part of the Cognitive Epidemiology group of CCACE and is based in 7 George Square.


Jenni is a Clincial Research Fellow with CCACE, starting her PhD in August 2015. She is exploring the transitions of older adults from hospital to care homes and the role of cognition. 

She is supervised by Dr Susan Shenkin, Professor Alasdair MacLullich, Professor Emma Reynish and Professor John Starr. She is based between Geriatric Medicine at the Royal Informary of Edinburgh and CCACE in George Square.


Alixe was recruited as the Centre’s Clinical Training Fellow in August 2009. She spent her first year in clinician training in geriatric medicine and from August 2010 she moved to her PhD studies. Her PhD project examined sarcopenia in the LBC1936 cohort. She completed in 2014.

She is supervised by Professor John Starr and Professor Joanna Wardlaw and is based in Geriatric Medicine, Clinical and Surgical Sciences, Royal Infirmary Edinburgh.

Alixe is part of the Cognitive Ageing...

Donald graduated from his PhD in 2013. He was supervised by Professor David Porteous, Professor Ian Deary, and Professor Joanna Wardlaw.

Donald worked as a postdoc at Johns Hopkins University in the USA from 2013-2014. He is now a postdoctoral research associate at the Institute of Health & Wellbeing, University of Glasgow. 


Caroline began her PhD with CCACE in 2015 within the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. She is examining whether there are higher rates of symptoms of behaviour and personality changes associated with neuropsychiatric disorders in people living with Motor Neurone Disease (MND) and their family members compared to the general population. A secondary aim is to examine whether similar patterns of behaviour and personality are present in people living with MND and their family members....

Jamie successfully passed her viva in April 2014.

She was supervised by Professor Karen Horsburgh. Jamie completed her MSc 2009-2010 and her PhD 2010-2014. Jamie gained a Distinction for her MSc in 2010.

She now holds a postdoc position at the University of Edinburgh.