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Wolfson Institute of Population Health

Professor Claudia Cooper


Professor of Psychological Medicine and Centre Lead



I lead the Centre for Psychiatry and Mental Health and I am a consultant old age psychiatrist in East London NHS Foundation Trust memory services.

I lead the Alzheimer’s Society Centre of Excellence for Independence at home, in which we are developing interventions to support people living with dementia at home; and the NIHR/ESRC APPLE-Tree programme (Active Prevention in People at risk of dementia: Lifestyle,bEhaviour change/Technology to REducE cognitive decline), investigating how lifestyle and behavioural change can prevent dementia in older people. I co-direct the NIHR Dementia and Neurodegenerative Policy Research Unit (DeNPRU-QM).

I supervise PhD students on topics related to ageing and dementia, funded by ESRC, Alzheimer’s Society, NIHR, Barts Charity and the UCL Dawes Centre for future crime.  I am a member of the UK Cabinet Office Trial Advice Panel, which advises and supports evaluations of national government programmes and policies; and an NIHR Senior Investigator. 


Research Interests:

My research expertise is in dementia and older people’s mental health, and my programmes include big data, qualitative and mixed methodologies. 

Examples of research funding:

I am Principal Investigator of:






    I am currently first supervisor for:

    • Dr Ellen Camboe - Parkinson's Disease Psychosis in a Diverse Population – 2024-7
    • Dr Sara Banks - How are binge eating disorder and food addiction experienced, identified and managed in older adults, in primary care, in East London? - 2023-8
    • Rosario Isabel Espinoza Jeraldo - Dementia prevention in Chile and Latin America - 2023-7 
    • Jessica Budgett – Exploring the methods and validity of Goal Attainment Scaling (GAS) as a measure for psychosocial interventions within dementia care. -2020-4
    • Ben Havers – Developing an intervention to protect older people from cybercrime. 

    I am subsidiary for:

    • Tommy Maltby: Accessing arts based intervention through social prescribing, for whom does it work and why?
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