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Dr Dorina Cadar
UCL Department of Behavioural Science and Health
1-19 Torrington Place
  • Research Associate
  • Behavioural Science and Health
  • Institute of Epidemiology & Health
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences

Dorina Cadar is a Research Associate in Dementia, working with Professor Andrew Steptoe and an international multidisciplinary team on a NIA-funded project aiming to develop a cognitive substudy named the Healthy Cognitive Ageing Project (HCAP), within the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing.

Previously she worked on a project funded by the Alzheimer’s Society and Medical Research Council, where she investigated the mediating role of education in the rates of cognitive decline induced by dementia or death. Her second post-doctoral position was in the renEWL project, where she investigated how individual characteristics impact on extending working lives.

Dorina is the Network Officer of the Society of Social Medicine (SSM), the Past-Chair of the SSM ECR Subcommittee, a member of the UCL Early Career Network and the founder of the Public Engagement Project “Use it, don’t lose it!”.


She graduated with a PhD in Epidemiology from University College London (2013), a Postgraduate Certificate (Distinction) in Cognitive Ageing Research Methods from University of Edinburgh (2013), an MSc in Clinical Neuroscience from Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London (2009) and a BSc in Psychology (Hons) from Birkbeck College, University of London (2008).


Dorina is an Associate Editor at BMC Psychiatry and a member of the Alzheimer’s Society, Society for Social Medicine and Gerontological Society of America.

Research Summary

Dorina Cadar focuses on various determinants of mental capabilities across the life course and specifically on examining the risk factors associated with cognitive impairment and dementia. She is particularly interested in the interindividual variability of cognitive ageing and in understanding why some individuals experience faster rates of cognitive decline compared to others. Other research areas of interest are healthy ageing, mental health and well-being, lifestyle behaviours, the mechanisms involved in behaviour change and methodology.

Teaching Summary

At UCL, Dorina Cadar contributes to teaching on the BSc Population Health and MSc Health and Society: Social Epidemiology. She is Module Tutor for Measuring Population Health (Year 1) and Population Ageing (Year 3), part of the BSc Population Health.

Outside UCL, she is a Seminar Leader in Psychology covering core topics such as Individual Differences, Language, Memory & Cognition for the MSc Neuropsychology at Birkbeck College, University of London.

Dorina is currently supervising PhD and MSc students at UCL

PhD Student, 2014-2017 Aradhna Kaushal, Thesis title: “Lifetime influences of religious practices and beliefs on mental health and psychological wellbeing.”

MSc Health Psychology Student, 2016-2017 Philip Frank, Research project: “Sleep, inflammation, and depression.”

MSc Health Psychology Student, 2016-2017 Silje Forsland, Research project: “Lifestyle and wellbeing." 

MSc Social Epidemiology Student, 2016-2017 Lucy Wright, Research project: “Socioeconomic inequalities and dementia." 

Academic Background
2013 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Epidemiology and Public Health University College London
2009 MSc Master of Science – Clinical Neuroscience Institute of Psychiatry
2008 BSc Bachelor of Science – Psychology Birkbeck College
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