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Dr Ria Vaportzis

Assistant Professor

Faculty/Dept/School School of Social Sciences
(Faculty of Management, Law and Social Sciences)
Emaile.vaportzis@bradford.ac.uk
Telephone +441274 235554

Biography

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 Research Co-Investigator 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 in 2018.

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

Research

My main research interests lie within the broad field of cognitive psychology. I am particularly interested in interventions that may improve cognition, mental health, quality of life and wellbeing of older adults to help them live independently for longer.
Date Role Title / Description Funder Award
04-MAY-20 - CoIFood waste generation during COVID-19: A comparative study between the UK and Turkey
01-MAR-21 - PIBack Onside: A feasibility study that aims to build resilience and confidence in vulnerable people through physical activity
15-MAR-21 - CoIThe SWANS Study at Bradford: Student Wellbeing at North England Universities
01-JUN-22 - CoIService user, carer, and clinical perspectives on the risks and benefits of open online case-notes for mental health patients: a single site qualitative pilot study
02-JAN-23 - PIPerspectives of minority ethnic groups on OpenNotes for mental health

Teaching

Teaching interests

I am the module leader for Conceptual Issues in Psychology and Mental Health (PSY4012), Forensic Psychology (PSY6001) and Sandwich Year - Study Abroad Experience (PSY5000-Z)

PhD students

2022. Andrew Smith. Mental health and running. Principal supervisor. 

2021. Sanna Mahmood. Eating behaviours and dietary habits of Asian British minorities living in Bradford. Associate supervisor. 

Year Module code Title Subject
PSY5000-ZSandwich Year - Study Abroad Experience
PSY4012-BConceptual Issues in Psychology and Mental Health
PSY6001-BForensic Psychology

Professional activities

  • 01-JAN-09: University of Melbourne - BA(Hons in Psychology - 1st Class)
  • 01-JAN-13: Monash University - PhD (Psychology)
  • 25-NOV-13: Monash University - Research Assistant
  • 24-NOV-14: Heriot Watt University - Postdoctoral Research Fellow
  • 10-DEC-18: University of Bradford - Assistant Professor
  • 15-AUG-15: British Psychological Society, CPsychol
  • 15-JAN-21: Higher Education Academy, Fellow
  • Lead of Outreach for Psychology
  • Athena SWAN committee member
  • Programme Leader BSc Psychology with Counselling
  • PGR Lead for Psychology
  • External examiner: Burnley College
  • External examiner: New York College of Athens
  • External examiner - Cardiff Metropolitan University:

Publications

Peer Reviewed Journal
TitleA systematic literature review and meta-analysis of real-world interventions for cognitive ageing in healthy older adults (2019)
AuthorsVaportzis, Ria; Niechcial, M.A.; Gow, A.J.
 
TitleA systematic literature review and meta-analysis of real-world interventions for cognitive ageing in healthy older adults (2019)
AuthorsVaportzis, E; Niechcial, MA; Gow, AJ
JournalAgeing Research Reviews
DOI10.1016/j.arr.2019.01.006
 
TitlePeople’s views on preserving thinking skills in old age (2019)
AuthorsNiechcial M.;Vaportzis E.;Gow A.
JournalEducational Gerontology
DOI10.1080/03601277.2019.1627054
 
TitleOlder adults’ attitudes about learning tablet computers: Post-intervention focus groups (2018)
AuthorsVaportzis, E; Giatsi Clausen, M; Gow, AJ
JournalFrontiers in Psychology
 
TitlePitching non-English language research: a dual-language application of the Pitching Research Framework (2018)
AuthorsFaff, R.; Shao, X.; Alqahtani, F.; Atif, M.; Bialek-Jaworska, A.; Chen, A.; Duppati, G.; Escobar, M.; Finta, M.; Jeny, A.; Li, Y.; Machado, M.; Nishi, T.; Nguyen, B.; Noh, J-E.; Reichenecker, J-A.; Sakawa, H.; Vaportzis, Ria; Widyawati, L.; Wijayana, S.; Wijesooriya, C.; Ye, G.; Zhou, C.
 
TitleOlder adults experiences of learning to use tablet computers: a mixed methods study (2018)
AuthorsVaportzis, Ria; Clausen, M.G.; Gow, A.J.
 
TitlePeople's beliefs and expectations about how cognitive skills change with age: evidence from a U.K.-wide aging survey (2018)
AuthorsVaportzis, Ria; Gow, A.J.
 
TitlePeople’s beliefs and expectations about how cognitive skills change with age: Evidence from a UK-wide aging survey (2018)
AuthorsVaportzis, E; Gow, AJ
JournalAmerican Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
 
TitleA tablet for healthy ageing: the effect of a tablet computer training intervention on cognitive abilities in older adults (2017)
AuthorsVaportzis, Ria; Martin, M.; Gow, A.J.
 
TitleOlder adults perceptions of technology and barriers to interacting with tablet computers: A focus group study (2017)
AuthorsVaportzis, E; Giatsi Clausen, M; Gow, AJ
JournalFrontiers in Psychology
 
TitleOlder adults perceptions of technology and barriers to interacting with tablet computers: a focus group study (2017)
AuthorsVaportzis, Ria; Clausen, M.G.; Gow, A.J.
 
TitleA Tablet for Healthy Ageing: The effect of a tablet computer training intervention on cognitive abilities in older adults (2017)
AuthorsVaportzis, E; Martin, M; Gow, AJ
JournalThe American journal of geriatric psychiatry : official journal of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry
 
TitleDual task performance may be a better measure of cognitive processing in Huntington’s disease than traditional attention tests (2015)
AuthorsVaportzis, E; Georgiou-Karistianis, N; Churchyard, A; Stout, JC
JournalJournal Of Huntington'S Disease
 
TitleDual task performance in Huntington's disease: a comparison of choice reaction time tasks (2015)
AuthorsVaportzis, Ria; Georgiou-Karistianis, N.; Churchyard, A.; Stout, J.C.
 
TitleDual task performance may be a better measure of cognitive processing in Huntington's disease than traditional attention tests (2015)
AuthorsVaportzis, Ria; Georgiou-Karistianis, N.; Churchyard, A.; Stout, J.C.
 
TitleDual task performance in Huntington’s disease: A comparison of choice reaction time tasks (2015)
AuthorsVaportzis, E; Georgiou-Karistianis, N; Churchyard, A; Stout, JC
JournalJournal of Neuropsychology
 
TitleEffects of task difficulty during dual-task circle tracing in Huntington's disease (2015)
AuthorsVaportzis, Ria; Georgiou-Karistianis, N.; Churchyard, A.; Stout, J.C.
 
TitleEffects of task difficulty during dual-task circle tracing in Huntington’s disease (2015)
AuthorsVaportzis, E; Georgiou-Karistianis, N; Churchyard, A; Stout, JC
JournalJournal of Neurology
 
TitleAge and task difficulty differences on dual tasking using circle tracing and serial subtraction tasks (2014)
AuthorsVaportzis, E; Georgiou-Karistianis, N; Stout, JC
JournalAging - Clinical and Experimental Research
 
TitleAge and task difficulty differences in dual tasking using circle tracing and serial subtraction tasks (2014)
AuthorsVaportzis, Ria; Georgiou-Karistianis, N.; Stout, J.C.
 
TitleDual task performance in normal aging: A comparison of choice reaction time tasks (2013)
AuthorsVaportzis, E; Georgiou-Karistianis, N; Stout, JC
JournalPLoS ONE
 
Other Journal
TitlePitching non-English language research: A dual-language application of the Pitching Research Framework (2018)
AuthorsFaff, R; Shao, X; Alqahtani, F; Atif, M; Bialek-Jaworska, A; Chen, A; Duppati, G; Escobar, M; Finta, F; Jeny, A; Li, Y; Machado, M; Nishi, T; Nguyen, B; Noh, J-E; Reichenecker, J-A; Sakawa, H; Vaportzis, E; Widyawati, L; Wijayana, S; Wijesooriya, C; Ye, G; Zhou, C
PublisherAccounting and Management Information Systems
 
Other Publications
Other typeReviews
TitleInvestigating associations between personality and the efficacy of interventions for cognitive ageing: A systematic review (2020)
AuthorsMarr C.;Vaportzis E.;Dewar M.;Gow A.
JournalArchives of Gerontology and Geriatrics
DOI10.1016/j.archger.2019.103992
 
Other typeAbstract
TitleWhat keeps you sharp? People’s views about preserving thinking skills in old age (2019)
AuthorsNiechcial, MA; Vaportzis, E; Gow, AJ
 
Other typeAbstract
TitleWhat keeps you sharp? People's views about preserving thinking skills in old age (2019)
AuthorsNiechcial, M.A.; Vaportzis, Ria; Gow, A.J.
 
Other typeElectronic Publication
TitleIncreasing the discoverability on non-English language research papers: a reverse-engineering application of the pitching research template (2017)
AuthorsFaff, R.W.; Shao, X.; Alqahtani, F.; Atif, M.; Bialek-Jaworska, A.; Chen, A.; Duppati, G.; Escobar, M.; Finta, M.A.; Jeny, A.; Li, Y.; Machado, M.A.V.; Nishi, T.; Nguyen, B.; Noh, J-E.; Reichenecker, J-A.; Sakawa, H.; Vaportzis, Ria; Widyawati, L.; Wijayana, S.; Wijesooriya, C.; Ye, Q.; Zhou, Q.
PublisherSSRN/Elsevier
DOIhttps://doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2948707
 
Other typeAbstract
TitleThe type of concurrent task affects dual-task performance in Huntington’s disease (2014)
AuthorsVaportzis, E; Georgiou-Karistianis, N; Churchyard, A; Stout, JC
 
Other typeAbstract
TitleThe type of concurrent task affects dual-task performance in Huntington's disease (2014)
AuthorsVaportzis, Ria; Georgiou-Karistianis, N.; Churchyard, A.; Stout, J.C.
 
Other typeAbstract
TitleDual task performance in Huntington's disease using cancellation and auditory tasks (2012)
AuthorsVaportzis, E; Georgiou-Karistianis, N; Churchyard, A; Stout, JC
 
Other typeAbstract
TitleDual task performance in Huntington's disease: Comparing choice reaction time tasks (2012)
AuthorsVaportzis, E; Georgiou-Karistianis, N; Churchyard, A; Stout, JC
 
Other typeAbstract
TitleThe effects of Huntington’s disease and task difficulty on dual-task performance (2011)
AuthorsVaportzis, E; Georgiou-Karistianis, N; Churchyard, A; Stout, JC