Skip navigation

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

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • 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. 28 Jul 2021, In: Innovation in Aging
  • 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
  • Cognitive Dispersion is not Associated with Cerebrospinal Fluid Biomarkers of Alzheimer's Disease: Results from the European Prevention of Alzheimer's Dementia (EPAD) v500.0 Cohort, Watermeyer, T., Marroig, A., Ritchie , C., Ritchie , K., Blennow, K., Muniz-Terrera, G. 2020, In: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease
  • The cognitive consequences of the COVID-19 epidemic: collateral damage?, Ritchie, K., Chan, D., Watermeyer, T. 1 Jul 2020, In: Brain Communications
  • Cross-cultural neuropsychological assessment in dementia: State of the Art, Watermeyer, T., Calia, C. 2019, The 7th scientific meeting of the Federation of the European Societies of Neuropsychology
  • Mobile cognitive testing: opportunities for aging and neurodegeneration research in low- and middle-income countries, Muniz-Terrera, G., Watermeyer, T., Danso, S., Ritchie, C. Dec 2019, In: Journal of Global Health


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

a sign in front of a crowd

Northumbria Open Days

Open Days are a great way for you to get a feel of the University, the city of Newcastle upon Tyne and the course(s) you are interested in.

Research at Northumbria

Research at Northumbria

Research is the life blood of a University and at Northumbria University we pride ourselves on research that makes a difference; research that has application and affects people's lives.

a person sitting at a table

Order your prospectus

If you would like to know more about our courses, or life in general as a student at Northumbria, then we can help you.

Latest News and Features

More news

Back to top