Institute of Neuroscience

Staff Profile

Alison Killen

Research Assistant



Academic background

  • 2014    Current Professional Doctorate in Health Psychology trainee

  • 2013    MSc Health Psychology (Distinction), Sheffield Hallam University

  • 2005    BSc Psychology (Honours First Class), Open University

  • 1997    BSc Social Sciences (Honours First Class), Open University

  • 1989    Registered Sick Children’s Nurse (RSCN), Westminster Children’s Hospital,

  • 1986    Registered General Nurse (SRN) Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge


  • Planning, organising and conducting a large battery of neuro-psychological and physical assessments

  • Interviewing older adults with dementia and carers individually and in groups

  • Conducting clinic based memory assessments

  • Supporting patients and relatives around assessment and diagnosis

  • Database design, data management and statistical analysis using SPSS and EXCEL

  • Questionnaire design

  • Design of 3D cognitive testing equipment for visually impaired patients

  • Design and compilation of study newsletters for participants

  • Leading focus groups

  • Service evaluation

  • Health related consultancy



  • 2017-present Development and Evaluation of a Lewy Body Disorder Support and Information Group’ Funded by Lewy Body Society £50,000


  • 2013-2017 ‘Visual Hallucinations, an EEG and non-invasive Stimulation’


  • 2010-2013 ‘Cognitive and Attentional function in Lewy Body Disease’


  • 2008-2010 ‘Cognition in Visually Impaired Older Adults’


  • 2007-2008 ‘Vision in Parkinson’s disease’