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Elizabeth Walters

Lecturer in Psychology

Faculty/Dept/School School of Social Sciences
(Faculty of Management, Law and Social Sciences)
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I completed my Undergraduate degree at the University of Leeds where I achieved a 2.1 in Medical Science (specialising my second and 3rd year in Neuroscience). In 2009 I decided to continue my interest in neuroscience and neuropsychology by enrolling on the BPS accredited MSc in Psychology at the University of Bradford where I graduated with distinction in 2010. Following this I enrolled as PhD student under the supervision of Dr Valerie Lesk and Dr Nancy Kelly in the Division of Psychology. I completed my PhD in November 2013 and began my position as Lecturer in Psychology in April 2014. I am now the Programme Leader for the BSc Psychology UG course.

My primary research interest is around the investigation of factors affecting neuropsychological testing in the elderly and the early and accurate diagnosis of age related cognitive decline including Alzheimer's disease.  I am also interested in the role of diet in cognitive aging.


Teaching interests

Programme leader for BSc Psychology 2017- onwards


  • Factors affecting neuropsychological testing in the elderly
  • Early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease and Mild Cognitive Impairment 
  • The role of diet in relation to cognitive aging and Alzheimer’s disease 
  • The role of diet in relation to cognitive aging and Alzheimer’s disease

  • Research Collaborations: During my PhD I collaborated with Prof Hassan Ugail and Dr Syadiah Nor Wan Shamsuddin in the School of Informatics, Computing and Media at the University of Bradford 
  • Current collaborations:
  • I continue to work with Dr Valerie Lesk on our work around caffeine and neuropsychological testing in the elderly.
  • I am working with Dr Jo Ashby and Dr Maria Cordero at Manchester Metropolitan University investigating the role of stress and alcohol on Pre-frontal Cortex activity and executive
  • I am working alongside Dr Hannah Intezar and Zubeda Khatoon on a project investigating attitudes towards dementia in young South Asian adults.

Professional activities

  • 01-JAN-13: University of Bradford - PhD
  • 01-JAN-11: University of Bradford - PG Diploma
  • 01-JAN-10: University of Bradford - MSc
  • 01-JAN-07: University of Leeds - BSc (Hons)


Peer Reviewed Journal
TitleInvestigating the time elapsed since the last food item was consumed as a factor affecting cognitive performance in young adults (2018)
AuthorsElizabeth R Walters and Azhar Khan
JournalCognition, Brain, Behavior
PublisherASCR Publishing House
TitleParticipatory video and well-being in long-term care (2016)
AuthorsCapstick, Andrea; Ludwin, Katherine; Chatwin, John; Walters, Elizabeth R.
TitleThe effect of prior caffeine consumption on neuropsychological test performance: a placebo-controlled study (2016)
AuthorsWalters, Elizabeth R.; Lesk, Valerie E.
TitleTime of day and caffeine influence some neuropsychological tests in the elderly (2015)
AuthorsWalters, Elizabeth R.; Lesk, Valerie E.
TitleUsing a virtual environment to assess cognition in the elderly (2014)
AuthorsLesk, Valerie E.; Shamsuddin, Syadiah Nor Wan; Walters, Elizabeth R.; Ugail, Hassan