Dr Laura J. E. Brown

Senior Lecturer

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I am a Senior Lecturer in Psychology in the Division of Psychology and Mental Health. My research interests centre on characterising the patterns of psychological experience and functioning that are associated with ageing, and in developing interventions to help improve health and wellbeing in later life. I teach on the BSc undergraduate Psychology and MSc in Clinical and Health Psychology and MSc Health Psychology programmes, and supervise PhD and Clinical Psychology Doctorate students.


I completed a BSc (hons) degree in Psychology at the University of Nottingham in 2002, and then went on to do a PhD in Psychology at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London. In 2006 I took up a postdoctoral position in the Geriatric Medicine Unit at the University of Edinburgh. Here I worked with Professor Alasdair MacLullich on a series of projects related to delirium (acute confusion) in older adults, including the development of a new electronic device for measuring attentional deficits in this population (The 'Edinburgh Delirium Test Box'). I then worked with Dr Arlene Astell at the University of St Andrews on a 'New Dynamics of Ageing' project focused on using digital technology to develop methods for assessing health, wellbeing, and lifestyle factors in older people (the 'NANA': Novel Assessment of Nutrition and Ageing' project). As part of this role, I developed methods for assessing 'momentary' cognitive function in older adults in oder to allow patterns of cognitive function to be tracked over 'micro-longitudinal' timescales. After this, I worked on the 'LiveWell' project in the Institute for Ageing and Health at Newcastle University to support the development of interventions to enhance health and wellbeing in retired populations.

I took up my first lectureship position in the Department of Psychology at Manchester Metropolitan University in 2011, and then moved to my current post at the University of Manchester in October 2013.


  • 2016: Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
  • 2014: Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
  • 2013: Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (distinction).
  • 2006: PhD Psychology, University College London.
  • 2002: BSc Psychology (1st class hons.), University of Nottingham.

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

I am a member of the British Society of Gerontology (BSG). I also sit on the organising committee of the BSG Special Interest Group on Care Homes Research. You can email us at BSGcarehomesSIG@britishgerontology.org if you are interested in joining this group.

I was an Associate Editor of the journal International Psychogeriatrics from 2015  - 2017, and have been an Editorial Board member of the Journal of Applied Gerontology since January 2020. I am also currently an Expert Panellist for the Dunhill Medical Trust Research Grants Committee.

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