Institute of Health & Society

Staff Profile

Connor Richardson

Research Assistant



I began my career as a biomedical scientist with interests in ageing and chronic disease, disease of the human nervous system and genetics of complex diseases. I went on to develop my interest in epidemiology working on cognitive impairment and dementia in population based cohort studies. During my PhD studies I investigated mild cognitive impairment (MCI) in the UK population, developing my skills in complex statistical modelling of population prevalence, incidence and risk factor analysis. I have experience with state of the art statistical techniques and working with missing data within population studies using inverse probability weighting and multiple imputation techniques. I have experience working with a number of old age population s including the Newcastle 85 study and have worked extensively with the cognitive function and ageing studies (CFAS). 

Roles and Responsibilities 

  • Research Assistant - The feasibility and practicality of dementia risk reduction in the older population: A pilot trial of multi-domain internet counselling.  


  • BSc Biomedical Sciences - Newcastle University (2013)
  • MSc Public Health and Health Service Research - Newcastle University (2015)
  • PhD - Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) in the Population: New Criteria and Cohort Effects (2015 -2019) 


Applied Epidemiology

  • Neurodegenerative diseases and ageing
  • Population prevalence, incidence and risk factors for neurodegenerative diseases
  • Role of biomarkers in predicting risk of neurodegeneration
  • Neuropathology of neurodegenerative disease in the population
  • Pathways of progression from mild cognitive impairment to severe neurodegenerative disease.

Quantitative Methodology

  • Analysis of complex cognitive outcomes
  • Missing data models for epidemiological investigations
  • Longitudinal models of epidemiological data
  • Incorporating biomedical and neuropathological data into population based risk modelling



  • MSc Public health and health services research: Chronic Disease Epidemiology
  • MSc Public health and health services research: Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods 
  • MPharm: Introduction to Statistics 
  • BSc Biomedical Sciences: Public Health & Ageing 

Student Supervision

I have supervised a number of undergraduate and masters dissertation projects.