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Dr Greg Elder

Senior Lecturer

Department: Psychology

I am a sleep researcher and I am Associate Director of Northumbria Sleep Research. I am a Chartered Psychologist and I joined Northumbria University in March 2018 following post-doctoral work at Newcastle University and a short time as a lecturer at Teesside University.

I use a range of techniques to measure sleep, including overnight laboratory studies. I have research interests in applied and clinical sleep research projects. I have a particular interest in the aetiology and treatment of sleep disturbances in neurodegenerative dementia, and in healthy ageing more generally. I also have interests in the use of non-invasive brain stimulation (transcranial direct current stimulation and transcranial magnetic stimulation) and their applications in sleep and dementia research. I have managed clinical trials in the UK and India which have used tDCS as a treatment for attentional problems and visual hallucinations in Lewy body dementia. Finally, I have a general interest in Lewy body dementia research, with a focus on neuropsychological symptoms and clinical trial outcome measures.

Greg Elder

Campus Address

Room 119 Northumberland Building
Northumbria University
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE1 8ST

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

  • the aetiology and treatment of sleep disturbances in neurodegenerative dementia (primarily Lewy body dementia)
  • the relationship between sleep, cognition and behavioural symptoms in neurodegenerative dementia
  • sleep in healthy ageing
  • stress and sleep disturbances
  • non-invasive brain stimulation (transcranial direct current stimulation and transcranial magnetic stimulation) and their applications in sleep and dementia research.
  • Lewy body dementia research, with a focus on neuropsychological symptoms and clinical trial outcome measures.

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Investigation of structural brain changes in Charles Bonnet Syndrome, Firbank, M., da Silva Morgan, K., Collerton, D., Elder, G., Parikh, J., Olsen, K., Schumacher, J., Ffytche, D., Taylor, J. 13 May 2022, In: NeuroImage: Clinical
  • Poor false sleep feedback does not affect pre-sleep cognitive arousal or subjective sleep continuity in healthy sleepers: a pilot study , Robson, A., Ellis, J., Elder, G. 5 May 2022, In: Sleep and Biological Rhythms
  • Pre-Sleep Cognitive Arousal Is Negatively Associated with Sleep Misperception in Healthy Sleepers during Habitual Environmental Noise Exposure: An Actigraphy Study, Sharman, R., Perlis, M., Bastien, C., Barclay, N., Ellis, J., Elder, G. 24 Feb 2022, In: Clocks & Sleep
  • Quantifying test–retest reliability of repeated objective attentional measures in Lewy body dementia, Elder, G., Colloby, S., Firbank, M., Taylor, J. 27 Jan 2022, In: Journal of Neurology
  • Sleep Disturbances and Physical Health Problems in Caregivers of Children with ASD, Lovell, B., Elder, G., Wetherell, M. 1 Jun 2021, In: Research in Developmental Disabilities
  • Testing an early online intervention for the treatment of disturbed sleep during the COVID-19 pandemic in self-reported good and poor sleepers (Sleep COVID-19): study protocol for a randomised controlled trial, Sawdon, O., Elder, G., Santhi, N., Alfonso-Miller, P., Ellis, J. Dec 2021, In: Trials
  • Experienced demand does not affect subsequent sleep and the cortisol awakening response, Elder, G., Wetherell, M., Barclay, N., Ellis, J., Pollet, T. 30 Jul 2020, In: Nature and Science of Sleep
  • Testing an early online intervention for the treatment of disturbed sleep during the COVID-19 pandemic (Sleep COVID-19), Elder, G., Alfonso-Miller, P., Atkinson, W., Santhi, N., Ellis, J. Dec 2020, In: Trials
  • Consecutive sessions of transcranial direct current stimulation do not remediate visual hallucinations in Lewy body dementia: a randomised controlled trial, Elder, G., Colloby, S., Firbank, M., McKeith, I., Taylor, J. Dec 2019, In: Alzheimer's Research & Therapy


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