Clinical Ageing Research Unit

Staff Profiles

Dr Rachael Lawson

Research Associate

Background

Current Role

Research Associate working on the ICICLE-PD (Incidence of Cognitive Impairment in Cohorts with Longitudinal Evaluation in Parkinson's Disease) study

Co-investigator on the "Structural Retinal Changes: A biomarker for dementia in Parkinson's disease?" study

Qualifications

PhD, Institute of Neuroscience, Newcastle University, 2016

MSc, Health Psychology, University of Nottingham, 2008

BSc, Joint Honours Mathematics and Psychology, 2007


Other

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Research

I am a post-doctoral researcher in the Institute of Neuroscience. My background is in psychology and my research focus has been in patients with Parkinson’s disease. I have successfully coordinated and managed the research studies I have worked on, which included longitudinal studies with large numbers of participants. I have an interest in mathematics and statistics. My work has given valuable insight into both patients’ and clinicians’ experience of Parkinson’s disease; I am passionate in research that will ultimately improve the care and quality of life of people with Parkinson’s disease.

August 2017 - present

Chief Investigator: "Identifying delirium in people with Parkinson’s disease (DETERMINE-PD)" PI: Dr Louise Allan, Newcastle University, UK.

Jan 2016 – present

Co-investigator: “Structural Retinal Changes: A biomarker for dementia in Parkinson’s disease?” CI: Professor David J Burn, Newcastle University, UK.

Jan 2016 – present

Research Associate: “Incidence of Cognitive Impairment in Cohorts with Longitudinal Evaluation in Parkinson’s Disease (ICICLE-PD)” CI: Professor David J Burn, Newcastle University, UK.

June 2012 – Dec 2015

Research Assistant and PhD student: “Incidence of Cognitive Impairment in Cohorts with Longitudinal Evaluation in Parkinson’s Disease (ICICLE-PD)”. CI: Professor David J Burn, Newcastle University, UK.

Mar 2009 – June 2012

Research Assistant: “Prospective Study of Mood States in Parkinson’s Disease (PROMS-PD)” PI: Professor David J Burn, Newcastle University, UK.

Teaching

Undergraduate teaching

PSY1001 Psychological Enquiry 1: I am an essay supervisor for this module and deliver sessions teaching students about academic writing in psychology.

Postgraduate supervision

I have supervised two MRes students, both were awarded distinctions.

Publications