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Dr Jean Stafford
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  • Research Fellow
  • Division of Psychiatry
  • Faculty of Brain Sciences

I am a postdoctoral researcher in psychiatric epidemiology based in the UCL MRC Unit for Lifelong Health and Ageing. I currently hold a 2-year NIHR-UCLH BRC Postdoctoral Bridging Fellowship. I completed my 4-year MRC-funded PhD in psychiatric epidemiology at the UCL Division of Psychiatry in 2020. Prior to this, I obtained an MSc in Child and Adolescent Mental Health with distinction (UCL, 2015), and a First Class Honours Degree in Psychology at the University of Edinburgh (2014).

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My research is broadly focused on dementia and the mental health of older people. In my PhD, I investigated the incidence of very late-onset psychotic disorders in Swedish register, while during my postdoctoral fellowship I examined associations between psychiatric disorders and subsequent dementia.

I am also interested in better understanding the links between social relationships and health across the life course. In my current role in the MRC LHA, I am investigating the association between social health and cognitive decline using British birth cohort data as part of the Social Health and Reserve in the Dementia Patient Journey (SHARED) international consortium. I am also part of the Loneliness and Social Isolation in Mental Health network, and the Social Connections, Cohesion and Health group (SOCCAH) at UCL.

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I supervise MSc students and teach on the MSc in Mental Health Sciences (UCL Division of Psychiatry) for the Core Research Methods and Epidemiology modules.

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