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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 Fellow working with Professor Andrew Steptoe and an international multidisciplinary team on an NIA funded project to develop the Healthy Cognitive Ageing Project (HCAP)within the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing. 

She is the Principal Investigator of the ESRC funded project "Social determinants of dementia in the UK and Japan".

Previously she worked at MRC Lifelong Health and Ageing as a Career Development Fellow funded by the Medical Research Council and Alzheimer Society, investigating the role of education on cognitive decline.

Dorina is the Comms Officer of the Society of Social Medicine (SSM), Past-Chair of the SSM ECR Subcommittee, member of the UCL Early Career Network and 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 Associate Editor at BMC Psychiatry and Brain Sciences, a member of Alzheimer’s Society, Royal Society for Medicine, Society for Social Medicine and Population Health, British Society of Gerontology 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 understanding why some individuals experience faster rates of cognitive decline compared to others. Other research areas of interest are cardiovascular disease, inflammatory markers, mental health and well-being, lifestyle behaviours, healthy ageing and observational methodology.

Teaching Summary

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

Outside UCL, she is also 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, 2016-2019 Mohammed Alsaif, Thesis title: “The impact of oral health on cognitive ageing.”

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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