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Dr Tamlyn Watermeyer

Senior Lecturer

Department: Psychology

Tamlyn Watermeyer

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

I am passionate about brain, cognitive and psychological health. Most of my interests revolve around identifying biological and cognitive markers of early cognitive change associated with ageing and disease, with the goal of developing targeted intervention strategies to prevent dementia. I take several approaches to my work spanning epidemiological, experimental, and interventional. A secondary interest of mine is the impact of chronic conditions on psychosocial outcomes of informal caregivers (spouses, children). I am increasingly developing a public and global health focus to my work. 

I completed my PhD at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King’s College London and post-doctoral research at Bangor University, Wales and the Centre for Dementia Prevention, University of Edinburgh.

I am a member of the Psychobiology and Wellbeing and Psychopathologies research groups within the Psychology department and I am member of the Brain Lab of the Brain Performance and Nutrition Research Centre. External to Northumbria University, I am a member of several cognitive ageing and brain health research working groups comprising academic, pharmaceutical and other industry partners. I am co-founder of B.I.N.D.  (Binding in Neuropsychiatric Disorders) collaboration, ECcRoN (European Consortium for Cross Cultural Neuropsychology), and a member of the GloDePP (Global Dementia Prevention Program) collaboration.  I maintain honorarium with Centre for Dementia Prevention, University of Edinburgh. I am happy to assist small business and social enterprises with research development and clinical trial methodology.  

I am the Module Leader for the Psychobiology, Cognition and Individual Differences module (Level 5) and the Biological and Social Psychology distance learning module (Level 7). 

Key Publications

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  • Cognitive dispersion and ApoEe4 genotype predict dementia diagnosis in 8-year follow-up of the oldest-old, Watermeyer, T., Goerdten, J., Johansson, B., Muniz-Terrera, G. 1 May 2021, In: Age and Ageing
  • Cognitive dispersion predicts grip strength trajectories in men but not women in a sample of the oldest-old without dementia, Watermeyer, T., Massa, F., Goerdten, J., Stirland, L., Johansson, B., Muniz-Terrera, G. 17 Sep 2021, In: Innovation in Aging
  • Cross-cultural neuropsychological assessment in Europe: Position statement of the European Consortium on Cross-Cultural Neuropsychology (ECCroN), Franzen, S., Bekkhus-Wetterberg, P., van den Berg, E., Calia, C., Canevelli, M., Daugherty, J., Fasfous, A., Goudsmit, M., Ibanez-Casas, I., Lozano-Ruiz, Á., Mukadam, N., Narme, P., Nielsen, T., Papma, J., Pomati, S., Watermeyer, T. 6 Oct 2021, In: Clinical Neuropsychologist
  • Female specific risk factors for the development of Alzheimer's disease neuropathology and cognitive impairment: Call for a precision medicine approach, Udeh-Momoh, C., Watermeyer, T. 1 Nov 2021, In: Ageing research reviews
  • Gender differences in the moderating capacity of reserve and resilience factors on the association of Alzheimer’s disease brain pathology and cognitive function, Udeh‐Momoh, C., Zheng, B., Price, G., de Jager, C., Robb, C., Watermeyer, T., Toopchiani, S., Ford, J., Su, B., Giannakopoulou, P., Saad, Z., Fogle, M., Ritchie, C., Perneczky, R., Baker, S., Novak, G., Ahmadi‐Abhari, S., Middleton, L. Dec 2021, In: Alzheimer's and Dementia
  • Health, Lifestyle, and Psycho-Social Determinants of Poor Sleep Quality During the Early Phase of the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Focus on UK Older Adults Deemed Clinically Extremely Vulnerable, Udeh-Momoh, C., Watermeyer, T., Sindi, S., Giannakopoulou, P., Robb, C., Ahmadi-Abhari, S., Zheng, B., Waheed, A., McKeand, J., Salman, D., Beaney, T., de Jager Loots, C., Price, G., Atchison, C., Car, J., Majeed, A., McGregor, A., Kivipelto, M., Ward, H., Middleton, L. 28 Oct 2021, In: Frontiers in Public Health
  • Protocol of the Cognitive Health in Ageing Register: Investigational, Observational and Trial Studies in Dementia Research (CHARIOT): Prospective Readiness cOhort (PRO) SubStudy, Udeh-Momoh, C., Watermeyer, T., Price, G., de Jager Loots, C., Reglinska-Matveyev, N., Ropacki, M., Ketter, N., Fogle, M., Raghavan, N., Arrighi, M., Brashear, R., Di, J., Baker, S., Giannakopoulou, P., Robb, C., Bassil, D., Cohn, M., McLellan-Young, H., Crispin, J., Lakey, K., Lisa, C., Chowdary Seemulamoodi, Y., Kafetsouli, D., Perera, D., Car, J., Majeed, A., Ward, H., Ritchie, K., Perneczky, R., Kivipelto, M., Scott, D., Bracoud, L., Saad, Z., Novak, G., Ritchie, C., Middleton, L. 24 Jun 2021, In: BMJ Open
  • Therapeutic implications of hypothalamic-pituitaryadrenal-axis modulation in Alzheimer’s disease: A narrative review of pharmacological and lifestyle interventions, Watermeyer, T., Gregory, S., Robb, C., Udeh-Momoh, C. 1 Jan 2021, In: Frontiers in Neuroendocrinology
  • Trauma and depressive symptomatology in middle-aged persons at high risk of dementia : the PREVENT Dementia Study, Ritchie, K., Carriere, I., Gregory, S., Watermeyer, T., Danso, S., Su, L., Ritchie, C., O'Brien, J. 1 Jan 2021, In: Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry
  • Association of a novel Alzheimer’s disease risk classification scheme with brain amyloid and structural evaluations in a preclinical cohort, Udeh-Momoh, C., Watermeyer, T., Saad, Z., Zheng, B., Price, G., de Jager, C. 2020, Advances in Alzheimer’s & Parkinson’s Therapies


  • Psychology PhD May 01 2014
  • Psychology BSc (Hons) June 24 2009

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