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Dr Greg Elder

Senior Lecturer

Department: Psychology

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 am a sleep researcher and I am Associate Director of Northumbria Sleep Research. 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

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 am a sleep researcher and I am Associate Director of Northumbria Sleep Research. 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.

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Sleep Disturbances and Physical Health Problems in Caregivers of Children with ASD, Lovell, B., Elder, G., Wetherell, M. 14 Mar 2021, In: Research in Developmental Disabilities
  • 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): structured summary of a study protocol for a randomised controlled trial, 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
  • Anticipated next-day demand affects the magnitude of the cortisol awakening response, but not subjective or objective sleep, Elder, G., Barclay, N., Wetherell, M., Ellis, J. Feb 2018, In: Journal of Sleep Research
  • Exploration of potential objective and subjective daily indicators of sleep health in normal sleepers, Allen, S., Elder, G., Longstaff, L., Gotts, Z., Sharman, R., Akram, U., Ellis, J. 27 Sep 2018, In: Nature and Science of Sleep
  • The utility and application of electrophysiological methods in the study of visual hallucinations, da Silva Morgan, K., Elder, G., Ffytche, D., Collerton, D., Taylor, J. Nov 2018, In: Clinical Neurophysiology
  • Structural grey matter changes in the substantia innominata in Alzheimer's disease and dementia with Lewy bodies: a DARTEL-VBM study, Colloby, S., Elder, G., Rabee, R., O'Brien, J., Taylor, J. Jun 2017, In: International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
  • The influence of hippocampal atrophy on the cognitive phenotype of dementia with Lewy bodies, Elder, G., Mactier, K., Colloby, S., Watson, R., Blamire, A., O'Brien, J., Taylor, J. Nov 2017, In: International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
  • Transcranial direct current stimulation in Parkinson's disease dementia: A randomised double-blind crossover trial, Elder, G., Ashcroft, J., da Silva Morgan, K., Umme Kulsum, M., Banerjee, R., Chatterjee, P., Firbank, M., McKeith, I., Kumar, H., Taylor, J. Nov 2017, In: Brain Stimulation


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