Postgraduate study

Postgraduate study in Ageing and Cognitive Health

We offer doctoral research training in ageing and cognitive health, subject to availability of funding, with a focus on one of our core themes:

  1. Maintaining cognitive health in later life
  2. Living well with cognitive impairment and dementia
  3. Supporting family care

Current REACH postgraduate researchers

Through our involvement in CFAS-Wales (see current projects) we are part of the CFAS (Cognitive Function and Ageing Study) Doctoral Training Centre, funded by the Alzheimer’s Society. The DTC is directed by Professor Carol Brayne at the Institute of Public Health in Cambridge. The DTC supports our PhD student Isobel Evans, who is researching the impact of social isolation and social engagement on cognitive reserve and cognition in later life. Contact: Professor Linda Clare

Catherine Talbot is a PhD student funded by the University of Exeter Medical School and supervised by Dr Siobhan O'Dwyer, Professor Linda Clare, and Dr Janet Heaton. Her PhD broadly covers the themes of dementia, social media and identity.

Through a collaboration with the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council Centre of Excellence in Cognitive Health (CRE), based in New South Wales (Australia), we are conducting research on lifestyle and psychological factors associated with dementia. The University of Exeter supports our PhD student Serena Sabatini. In her PhD project Serena is exploring the role of the psychological concept of “awareness of age-related change” and its utility for prevention of dementia.

Find out more

We are happy to discuss possibilities with potential PhD students.


Professor Linda Clare (
Dr Siobhan O’Dwyer, Senior Lecturer in Ageing and Family Care (