Clinical Ageing Research Unit

Staff Profiles

Dr Rachael Lawson

Research Associate


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
  • Chief Investigator on the DETERMINE-PD (Identifying delirium in people with Parkinson’s disease) study.

Areas of expertise

  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Dementia
  • Neuropsychology
  • Quality of life
  • Neuropsychiatric symptoms


  • PhD, Institute of Neuroscience, Newcastle University, 2016
  • MSc, Health Psychology, University of Nottingham, 2008
  • BSc, Joint Honours Mathematics and Psychology, 2007


  • British Psychological Society Chartered Psychologist
  • International and Parkinson Movement Disorders Society
  • Dementias and Neurodegenerative Diseases (DemaNDs) Research Group


Google Scholar



I am a post-doctoral researcher. My background is in psychology and my research focus has been in patients with Parkinson’s disease over the last nine years. 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, which I am keen to develop and have undertaken additional training in advanced statistics to analyse complex, longitudinal data. 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.


Teaching and supervision

Jan 2017 – present          MRes Supervisor for Neuroscience and Medical Science, Newcastle University. Two previous students both awarded Distinctions; three current students.

Oct 2015 - present          Undergraduate teaching and essay supervisors for PSY1001: Psychological Enquiry, BSc Psychology, Newcastle University.

Mar 2013- present          “An Introduction to Qualitative Methods”, Critical Appraisal Module, The Northern Deanery MRCPsych course. Module leader: Dr Sumeet Gupta.