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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 an 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.

Current project: Food waste generation during COVID-19: A comparative study between the UK and Turkey. Survey link:


My main research interests lie within the broad fields of health and cognitive psychology. I am particularly interested in interventions that may improve cognition, quality of life and wellbeing of older adults to help them live independently for longer.