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Ria Vaportzis

Lecturer in Psychology

Faculty/Dept/School School of Social Sciences
(Faculty of Management, Law and Social Sciences)
Telephone +441274 235554


I hold a first class Honours in Psychology from the University of Melbourne, and a PhD in Psychology from Monash University. My PhD thesis investigated dual-tasking in healthy ageing and Huntington's disease.

While doing my PhD, I worked as a teaching associate at Monash. Upon completion of my studies, I stayed at Monash and was involved in three multinational clinical studies in Huntington’s disease.

In 2014, I got my first job as a postdoctoral researcher at Heriot-Watt University. My project, Tablet for Healthy Ageing, investigated the potential of tablet computers to improve the health and wellbeing in older adults.

Following the Tablet for Healthy Ageing project, I was a named researcher on a Velux Stiftung funded project, The Intervention Factory (also at Heriot-Watt). The Intervention Factory, considered community-based activities (e.g., computers, physical activity, handicraft, languages) as potential interventions for cognitive ageing.

I joined the Psychology team at the University of Bradford as a lecturer in 2018.

In addition to my psychology qualifications, I hold qualifications in languages, sports journalism, personal training and dancing.

A list of my publications can be found through Bradford Scholars.


My main research interests lie within the field of cognitive psychology. I am particularly interested in cognitive changes in healthy ageing and neurodegenerative disorders, as well as interventions that may delay or postpone cognitive decline or improve cognitive abilities in older adults and patients diagnosed with neurodegenerative disorders.