PhD MSc BSc BA PGDip CPsychol
Senior Data & Science Manager, Dementias Platform UK
- DPUK Datathon scientific lead
- DPUK Data curation lead
- DPUK Reach user group lead
- DPUK multiple project PI
- DPUK scientific reviewer
- Cognitive neuropsychologist
- Psychometric analyst
- Early Experience & Dementia Research Programme lead
Large-scale data & scientific research management
Sarah is a cognitive neuropsychologist managing scientific research across multiple multi-disciplinary projects, and senior Data Manager for Dementias Platform UK (DPUK) a cohort data repository for 45+ cohorts (3 million+ participants), in the research group of DPUK Director and PI, Professor John Gallacher. For DPUK she is scientific lead for the DPUK Datathon intiative and the user group DPUK Reach; project lead for DPUK Data curation; scientific lead for international DPUK collaborative AD projects; scientific reviewer for the DPUK Data Portal and represents DPUK internationally at conferences and workshops. She is on the steering group of the Deep Dementia Phenotyping Network (DEMON) an Exeter, ARUK, Turing, DPUK collaborative national network for data science and AI applied to dementia research.
As a senior researcher, she is a psychometric analyst and her research interests include applying item response theory (IRT) models to mental health, lifestyle, biomedical and healthcare scales, investigating item-level information and scale reliability. She also utilises structural equation models (SEM) to explore comorbidities such as cognition and mental health, child adversity and, adult biomedical outcomes and dementia. She is lead for the Early Experience & Dementia Research Programme investigating associations between early childhood adversity and brain injury, and dementia.
Dementias Platform UK
DPUK has increased the capacity of dementia research in the UK by developing national technological networks, research collaborations and a data portal that is accessible to researchers worldwide. This promotes research in experimental medicine and with cohort data.
DPUK’s Data Portal facilitates secure access to cohort data, enabling research and analyses at a scale that has not previously been possible for studies into dementia. This powerful combination of technology and expertise is helping detect the earliest signs of dementia.
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