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Sarah Bauermeister

BA Hons, BSc Hons, MSc, PhD, CPsychol

Postdoctoral Researcher

  • Psychometric Analyst - European Prevention of Alzheimer's Dementia (EPAD)
  • Data Coordinator - Dementia Platform UK (DPUK)

Psychometric and statistical analysis of large cohort data for dementia and age-related research

I am a neurocognitive ageing researcher with interests in healthy cognitive ageing and cognitive decline associated with neuropathological disorders such as mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and dementia. Using cognitive, psychometric and physical testing my PhD research investigated how lifestyle activities, mental health and aerobic fitness moderate cognitive function in old age. I also conducted a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) study exploring the neural correlates of response time variability in older adults. Prior to my current position, I completed a 2-year post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Leeds where I was project lead on an NHS-funded project investigating physical and cognitive predictors of falls and frailty in older adults. I was also involved in research which explored the affect of depression, anxiety and stress on cognition across the lifespan.

My expertise includes using structural equation modelling (SEM) which facilitates the ability to explore multiple moderating and mediating variables in a single analysis. I am now a member of the team working for Professor John Gallacher on the European Prevention of Alzheimer's Dementia (EPAD) study. In this role, I am conducting psychometric analyses on existing scale data using item response theory (IRT) analysis and SEM. I am also designing computer adaptive tests which could refine scale delivery and subsequent analyses in future research studies such as EPAD. I am also data coordinator for Dementias Platform UK (DPUK).

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