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Dr Serena Sabatini

Postdoctoral Research Associate

 South Cloisters 1.42

 

South Cloisters, University of Exeter, St Luke's Campus, Heavitree Road, Exeter, EX1 2LU, UK

Overview

I did my bachelor degree in Psychology of Personality and Interpersonal Relations and my master degree in Clinical-Dynamic Psychology at the University of Padua (Italy). In this period I obtained two Erasmus Scholarships which enabled me to study at the “Universidad Autonoma de Madrid” (Spain) and at the “University of St Andrews” (Scotland). I got qualified as a Psychologist in Italy in 2018. I joined the University of Exeter (England) in 2017 where I pursued my PhD in Psychology on the topic of awareness of age-related change (AARC). During my PhD I also worked as Poastgraduate Teaching Assistant. I am currently a Postdoctoral Research Associate within the REACH team at the University of Exeter where I work on the IDEAL (Improving the experience of Dementia and Enhancing Active Life) study.

My PhD thesis comprised five elements; 1) a systematic review and meta-analysis on the associations of awareness of age-related change with emotional and physical well-being, 2) the UK validation of two measures of awareness of age-related change, 3) a qualitative study exploring factors eliciting awareness of age-related change, 4) an empirical study exploring the cross-sectional association of awareness of age-related cognitive change with objective cognitive functioning, 5) an empirical study using latent profile analysis to explore whether individuals with different combinations of awareness of positive and negative age-related changes differ in their levels of cognitive, mental, and physical health and in their demographic characteristics. 

I am Associate Editor in Aging Psychiatry, Frontiers in Psychiatry.

I qualified as Associated Fellow of The Higher Education Academy.

I am member of several professional bodies including the British Psychological Society, the British Society of Gerontology, the Società Italiana di Psicologia dell’Invecchiamento, the Gerontological Society of America, the European Association of Social Psychology, the International Behavioral Trials Network, and the UK Society of Behavioral Medicine.

 

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Research

Research interests

Prevention of dementia and maintenance of Cognitive health,

Awareness of Age-Related Change,

Mental health

Research projects

I am currently working on the IDEAL (Improving the experience of Dementia and Enhancing Active Life) study. 

Together with Prof Linda Clare and Dr Rachel Collins we are working with our external collaborators Prof Kaarin AnsteyProf Nicola Lautenschlager and Dr Sarang Kim on the Centre of Research Excellence (CRE) in Cognitive Health project. We are exploring different potentially modifiable determinants of health-related behaviour change. My focus is on the recently developed concept of awareness of age related changes (Serena Sabatini). 

Grants/Funding:

PhD studentship from University of Exeter College of Life and Environmental Science (School of Psychology) and University of Exeter Medical School.

NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in Cognitive Health, #1100579. CI Professor Kaarin Anstey.

Publications

Key publications | Publications by category | Publications by year

Publications by category


Journal articles

Sabatini S, Martyr A, Ukoumunne OC, Ballard C, Collins R, Pentecost C, Rusted JM, Quinn C, Anstey KJ, Kim S, et al (In Press). Attitudes Toward Own Aging and Cognition among Individuals Living with and without Dementia: Findings from the IDEAL Programme and the PROTECT Study.  Abstract.
Sabatini S, Ukoumunne O, Ballard C, Collins R, Anstey K, Diehl M, Brothers A, Wahl H-W, Corbett A, Hampshire A, et al (In Press). Cross-Sectional Association between Objective Cognitive Performance and Perceived Age-related Gains and Losses in Cognition. International Psychogeriatrics Full text.
Sabatini S, Ukoumunne O, Brothers A, Diehl M, Wahl H-W, Ballard C, Collins R, Corbett A, Brooker H, Clare L, et al (In Press). Differences in Awareness of Positive and Negative Age-Related Changes Account for Variability in Health Outcomes.  Abstract.
Sabatini S, Ukoumunne O, Ballard C, Collins R, Corbett A, Brooker H, Clare L (In Press). The Cross-sectional Relationship between Pain and Awareness of Age-Related Changes. British Journal of Pain Full text.
Sabatini S, Ballard C, Clare L, Collins R, Ukoumunne O (2021). Associations of subjective cognitive and memory decline with depression, anxiety, and two-year change in objectively-assessed global cognition and memory. Aging, Neuropsychology and Cognition: a Journal on Normal and Dysfunctional Development Full text.
Sabatini S, Ukoumunne OC, Martyr A, Ballard C, Lamont RA, Collins R, Pentecost C, Hunt A, Quinn C, Thom JM, et al (2021). Relationship between self-perceptions of aging and ‘living well’ among people with mild-to-moderate dementia: Findings from the ideal programme. Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics, 94, 104328-104328. Full text.
Sabatini S, Ukoumunne OC, Ballard C, Collins R, Kim S, Corbett A, Aarsland D, Hampshire A, Brooker H, Clare L, et al (2021). What does feeling younger or older than one’s chronological age mean to men and women? Qualitative and quantitative findings from the PROTECT study. Psychology & Health, 1-24. Full text.
Sabatini S, Silarova B, Martyr A, Collins R, Ballard C, Anstey KJ, Kim S, Clare L (2020). Associations of Awareness of Age-Related Change with Emotional and Physical Well-being: a Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Gerontologist, 60(6), e477-e490. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Sabatini S, Ukoumunne O, Ballard C, Brothers A, Kaspar R, Collins R, Kim S, Corbett A, Aarsland D, Hampshire A, et al (2020). International relevance of Two Measures of Awareness of Age-Related Change (AARC). BMC Geriatrics, 20 Full text.

Publications by year


In Press

Sabatini S, Martyr A, Ukoumunne OC, Ballard C, Collins R, Pentecost C, Rusted JM, Quinn C, Anstey KJ, Kim S, et al (In Press). Attitudes Toward Own Aging and Cognition among Individuals Living with and without Dementia: Findings from the IDEAL Programme and the PROTECT Study.  Abstract.
Sabatini S, Ukoumunne O, Ballard C, Collins R, Anstey K, Diehl M, Brothers A, Wahl H-W, Corbett A, Hampshire A, et al (In Press). Cross-Sectional Association between Objective Cognitive Performance and Perceived Age-related Gains and Losses in Cognition. International Psychogeriatrics Full text.
Sabatini S, Ukoumunne O, Brothers A, Diehl M, Wahl H-W, Ballard C, Collins R, Corbett A, Brooker H, Clare L, et al (In Press). Differences in Awareness of Positive and Negative Age-Related Changes Account for Variability in Health Outcomes.  Abstract.
Sabatini S, Ukoumunne O, Ballard C, Collins R, Corbett A, Brooker H, Clare L (In Press). The Cross-sectional Relationship between Pain and Awareness of Age-Related Changes. British Journal of Pain Full text.

2021

Sabatini S, Ballard C, Clare L, Collins R, Ukoumunne O (2021). Associations of subjective cognitive and memory decline with depression, anxiety, and two-year change in objectively-assessed global cognition and memory. Aging, Neuropsychology and Cognition: a Journal on Normal and Dysfunctional Development Full text.
Sabatini S (2021). Awareness of age-related change (AARC) and its associations with cognitive, mental, and physical health and well-being in the second half of life.  Abstract.
Sabatini S, Ukoumunne OC, Martyr A, Ballard C, Lamont RA, Collins R, Pentecost C, Hunt A, Quinn C, Thom JM, et al (2021). Relationship between self-perceptions of aging and ‘living well’ among people with mild-to-moderate dementia: Findings from the ideal programme. Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics, 94, 104328-104328. Full text.
Sabatini S, Ukoumunne OC, Ballard C, Collins R, Kim S, Corbett A, Aarsland D, Hampshire A, Brooker H, Clare L, et al (2021). What does feeling younger or older than one’s chronological age mean to men and women? Qualitative and quantitative findings from the PROTECT study. Psychology & Health, 1-24. Full text.

2020

Sabatini S, Silarova B, Martyr A, Collins R, Ballard C, Anstey KJ, Kim S, Clare L (2020). Associations of Awareness of Age-Related Change with Emotional and Physical Well-being: a Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Gerontologist, 60(6), e477-e490. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Sabatini S, Ukoumunne O, Ballard C, Brothers A, Kaspar R, Collins R, Kim S, Corbett A, Aarsland D, Hampshire A, et al (2020). International relevance of Two Measures of Awareness of Age-Related Change (AARC). BMC Geriatrics, 20 Full text.

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Teaching

I do GTA (PTA) work at the School of Psychology (Undergraduate).

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