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Dr Elizabeth Walters

Associate Professor

Faculty/Dept/School School of Social Sciences
(Faculty of Management, Law and Social Sciences)


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 have been the programme leader for the BSc Psychology for five years and in March 2022 became the Director of Studies for UG Programmes in the School of Social Science. I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Authority and am passionate about learning and teaching.

Alongside my teaching, my primary research interests centre around two main areas, the investigation of factors affecting neuropsychological testing in older adults and the early and accurate diagnosis of age related cognitive decline including Alzheimer's disease and mental health and wellbeing.


  • 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.
Research collaborators
NameDr Hannah Intezar
DescriptionProject investigating attitudes towards dementia in young adults from a south Asian background
NameDr Jo Ashby
CompanyManchester Metropolitan University
DescriptionAlcohol mis-use in the elderly
NameDr Maria Cordero
CompanyManchester Metropolitan University
DescriptionCo-supervising a PhD student and working on a project investigating the effect of alcohol and stress on pre frontal cortex activity and executive performance.


Teaching interests

Senior Fellow of HEA

Director of Studies UG School of Social Sciences

Programme leader for BSc Psychology 2017- Sept 2022

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)
  • Member of the British Psychological Societ
  • Member of the British Neuropsychological Society
  • Programme & Module Management: Outreach co-ordinator for Division of Psychology
  • Research Group Leadership: Summer Research Internship Scheme Co-ordinator
  • Other: Responsible for the organisation of student Personal Development Planning handbooks and their integration into the Personal Academic Tutor system


TitleObesity and Eating Disturbance: the Role of TFEQ Restraint and Disinhibition. (2019)
AuthorsBryant EJ;Rehman J;Pepper LB;Walters ER;
JournalCurrent Obesity Reports
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
TitleTowards early diagnosis of dementia using a virtual environment (2013)
AuthorsShamsuddin, Syadiah Nor Wan; Ugail, Hassan; Lesk, Valerie E.; Walters, Elizabeth R.
Title Author(s)
Towards early diagnosis of dementia using a virtual environment (2013)Wan Shamsuddin S.;Ugail H.;Lesk V.;Walters E.
VREAD: A virtual simulation to investigate cognitive function in the elderly (2012)Shamsuddin S.;Ugail H.;Lesk V.;Walters E.