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Dr Tamlyn Watermeyer

Assistant Professor

Department: Psychology

Tamlyn Watermeyer

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 graduated from University of St Andrews, before completing my PhD at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King’s College London.  I then completed 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 founding 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 currently completing a fellowship for the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR). Under this work, I am leading various projects that aim to involve under-represented groups, notably people with Learning Disabilities, in Dementia and Brain Health Research. 

I am also Principal Investigator, along with collaborators Dr Paul Ansell (Sports & Exercise, Northumbria University) and Dr Chi Udeh-Momoh (Ageing Epidemiology (AGE) Research Unit, Imperial College London) on a funded project interested in understanding biopsychosocial determinants of female brain health. 

Students who are interested in the above work are encouraged to contact me for intership opportunities within my lab. 

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • A digital biomarker for remote self‐assessment of Alzheimer’s Diseases: development and validation, Butler, J., Watermeyer, T., Matterson, E., Harper, E., Parra-Rodriguez, M. 1 Dec 2022, In: Alzheimer's and Dementia
  • A digital biomarker for remote self-assessment of Alzheimer's Diseases: development and validation, Watermeyer, T., Butler, J., Matterson, E., Harper, E., Parra-Rodriguez, M. Dec 2022, In: Alzheimer's and Dementia
  • 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. 3 Apr 2022, In: Clinical Neuropsychologist
  • Personality Predictors of Cognitive Dispersion: A Coordinated Analysis of Data From Seven International Studies of Older Adults, Yoneda, T., Marroig, A., Graham, E., Willroth, E., Watermeyer, T., Beck, E., Zelinski, E., Reynolds, C., Pedersen, N., Hofer, S., Mroczek, D., Muniz-Terrera, G. 1 Feb 2022, In: Neuropsychology
  • Practice effect of repeated cognitive tests among older adults: associations with brain amyloid pathology and other influencing factors, Zheng, B., Udeh-Momoh, C., Watermeyer, T., de Jager Loots, C., Ford, J., Robb, C., Giannakopoulou, P., Ahmadi-Abhari, S., Baker, S., Novak, G., Price, G., Middleton, L. 6 Jul 2022, In: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
  • 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
  • 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

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


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