Dr Angela Clifford

Research Associate (CHSCI)

Email address: angela.clifford@wlv.ac.uk Phone number: 01902 518640 Location: Wolverhampton Faculty: Faculty of Education Health and Wellbeing School/Institute: Institute of Public Health Social Work and Care Areas of expertise: Physical activity and cognitive impairment in mid- to later-life.

About

I joined the University of Wolverhampton as a Research Associate in 2011. With a background in Psychology I became particularly interested in cognitive aging and completed a funded PhD at Loughborough University investigating the association between physical activity and cognitive impairment in mid- to later-life. At the University of Wolverhampton I began working on a project funded by the BUPA Foundation investigating lifestyle risk factors for dementia. I have since worked on a range of research and consultancy projects across public health, including independent evaluations of health initiatives in the community. I continue to have a particular interest in healthy aging and currently collaborate with researchers across the University to develop research projects around cognitive impairment, physical health and caregiver health and wellbeing. With a particular expertise in quantitative research I provide consultancy to colleagues and external partners to assist with statistical analysis and interpretation. I teach quantitative methodology and statistics on several Masters and Doctorate modules and offer classes as part of a series of research workshops offered to external organisations. I also supervise Doctorate and Masters students on a range of projects in public health. I am a member of the Centre for Applied Research and Education (CARE) in Dementia at the University of Wolverhampton and facilitate the University’s membership of the Dementia Action Alliance.

Research interests

  • Quantitative research methodologies and statistics
  • Aging and health (especially psychology of)
  • Dementia research (especially behavioural/cognitive outcomes)
  • Service evaluation

Membership of professional bodies

  • Chartered Psychologist with British Psychological Society
  • Alzheimer's Society member

Qualifications

  • PhD: “Physical Activity and Cognition in the Elderly”; Loughborough University, UK. Supervised by Prof Eef Hogervorst and Dr Stephan Bandelow
  • MSc Psychological Research (with Distinction); Bangor University, UK
  • BSc Psychology (1st Class Hons); University of Wales, Bangor, UK

Publications

Publications

  • Brewster S, Duncan N, Emira M, Clifford A (2017). Personal sacrifice and corporate cultures: career progression for disabled staff in higher education. Disability and Society. 1-16. doi: 10.1080/09687599.2017.1331837
  • Lang L, Clifford A, Wei L, Zhang D, Leung D, Augustine G, Danat IM, Zhou W, Copeland JR, Anstey KJ, Chen R (2017). Prevalence and determinants of undetected dementia in the community: a systematic literature review and a meta-analysis. BMJ Open. 7(2):e011146. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2016-011146.
  • Chen R, Lang L, Clifford A, Chen Y, Hu Z, Han TS (2016). Demographic and Socioeconomic Influences on Community-based Care and Caregivers of People with Dementia in China. JRSM Cardiovascular Disease. 5, 1-15.            
  • Morgan A, Drew D, Clifford A & Hull K (2016). Success of a Sports-Club Led Community X-PERT Diabetes Education Programme. Sport in Society. 23(9): 944-954. doi: 10.1080/17430437.2016.1173923.
  • CliffordA, LangL, Chen R, Anstey KJ & Seaton A. (2016). Exposure to Air Pollution and Cognitive Functioning across the Life Course – a systematic literature review. Environmental Research. 147: 383-398.
  • Clifford A, Rahardjo TB, Bandelow S & Hogervorst E (2014). A Cross-sectional Study of Physical Activity and Health-Related Quality of Life in an Elderly Indonesian Cohort. Br J Occup Ther. 77(9): 451-456. doi: 10.4276/030802214X14098207541036
  • Chen R, Clifford A, Lang L & Anstey K (2013). Is exposure to secondhand smoke associated with cognitive parameters of children and adolescents?—a systematic literature review. Ann Epidemiol. 23(10): 652-61. doi: 10.1016/j.annepidem.2013.07.001
  • Hogervorst E & Clifford A (2013). What is the Relationship between Higher Obtained Education and a Delayed Age at Onset of Dementia? J Alzheimers Dis Parkinsonism. 3:1. doi.org/10.4172/2161-0460.1000e128
  • Clifford A, Lang L & Chen R (2012). Effects of maternal cigarette smoking during pregnancy on cognitive parameters of children and young adults – a literature review. Neurotoxicology and Teratology. 34(6): 560-70. doi: 10.1016/j.ntt.2012.09.004
  • Stock J, Clifford A & Hogervorst E (2012). Exercise Interventions to Improve Cognitive Performance in Older Adults – Potential Psychological Mediators to Explain Variation in Findings. European Neurological Review. 7(2): 107-112. doi:10.17925/ENR.2012.07.02.107
  • Hogervorst E, Clifford A, Stock J, Xin X & Bandelow S (2012). Exercise to Prevent Cognitive Decline and Alzheimer’s disease: For Whom, When, What, and (most importantly) How Much? J Alzheimers Dis Parkinsonism. 2:3. doi.org/10.4172/2161-0460.1000e117
  • Wiggett AJ, Hudson M, Clifford A, Tipper SP & Downing PE (2012). Doing, seeing, or both: effects of learning condition on subsequent action perception. Soc Neurosci. 7(6):606-21. doi: 10.1080/17470919.2012.686926
  • Clifford A, Yesufu Udechuku A, Edwards L, Bandelow S & Hogervorst E (2009). Maintaining cognitive health in elderly women. Future Medicine Aging Health. 5 (5), 655-670. doi:10.2217/ahe.09.65

Book Chapters

  • Clifford A, Stock J, Bandelow S, Rahardjo TB & Hogervorst E. Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia: A Midlife Approach to Treatment is Needed. In: Atta-ur-Rahman (Ed). Frontiers in Clinical Drug Research – Alzheimer Disorders (2013). E-book: Bentham Science.
  • Clifford A, Bandelow S & Hogervorst E. The effects of physical exercise on cognitive function in the elderly: a review. In: Q Gariépy & R Ménard (2009). Handbook of Cognitive Aging: Causes, Processes and Effects (pp. 109-150). New York: Nova Science Publishers. ISBN: 978-1-60876-028-2

Reports

  • Clifford A, Brewster S, Duncan N, Emira M, Taysum A, Williams-Findlay B (2015). Understanding Leadership from a Disability Perspective. Report prepared for Leadership Foundation in Higher Education (LFHE).
  • Walker W, Clifford A & Rodney A (2015). Public knowledge, understanding and views of hospice care: A questionnaire survey. Report prepared for Compton Hospice, Wolverhampton, UK.
  • Clifford A (2015). Complementary Studies Week: Evaluation of Pilot Programme. Report prepared for Institute of Sport, University of Wolverhampton, Wolverhampton, UK.
  • Morgan A, Drew D, Clifford A & Serrant-Green L (2013). Evaluation of the X-PERT Diabetes Education Programme. Report prepared for Wolverhampton Community Trust, Wolverhampton, UK

Conference Presentations

  • Clifford A & Hewitt-Moran T (2015, April). The Movement of Substance Misuse Serivices from the Public to Private Sector. Invited poster presentation at the West Midlands Mental Health Institute (MHI) LETC Symposium on substance misuse, Birmingham, UK.
  • Clifford A (2013, November). Current Research into Dementia Risk Factors. Invited presentation at Dementia Training Event for GPs and other Health and Social Care Professionals, Wolverhampton, UK.
  • Clifford A & Eshuraturi C (2013). Experiences of Researching Health-Excluded Groups. Invited presentation at Research Development event, Walsall, UK.
  • Clifford A, Ferguson R, Bandelow S & Hogervorst E (2011, July). Preventing cognitive decline in the elderly through physical activity in midlife. Oral presentation at the International Conference of the Alzheimer's Association, Paris, France.
  • Clifford A, Bandelow S, Lindesay J & Hogervorst E (2011, July). Cognitive tests sensitive to Acetylcholinesterase Inhibitor treatment for Alzheimer's disease. Poster presented at the International Conference of the Alzheimer's Association, Paris, France.
  • Bandelow S, Clifford A, van der Wardt V, Hogervorst E, Madden M, Lindesay J & Gale A (2011, July). Accurate Noninvasive diagnoses of Alzheimer's Disease using eye scanning. Poster presented at the International Conference of the Alzheimer's Association, Paris, France.
  • Clifford A, Ferguson R, Bandelow S & Hogervorst E (2011, July). Preventing cognitive decline through physical activity in midlife. Oral presentation at the Psychology Postgraduates Affairs Group, Bangor.
  • Clifford A, Bandelow S, Hogervorst E & Rubarido TB (2011, July). Does improved Quality of Life explain the link between Physical Activity and Memory? Poster presented at the annual conference of the Psychology Postgraduates Affairs Group, Bangor.
  • Clifford A, Beer N, Yesufu Udechuku A, Bandelow S, Hogervorst E & Rubarido TB (2010, September). The effect of physical activity on cognition in an elderly Indonesian cohort. Paper presented at the conference of the East Midlands University Association on Perspectives in Society: Health, Culture and the Environment, Nottingham, UK.
  • Clifford A, Bandelow S & Hogervorst E (2009, July). Can physical exercise prevent cognitive decline in the elderly? Oral presentation at the annual conference of the Psychology Postgraduates Affairs Group, Cardiff.
  • Clifford A, Bandelow S & Hogervorst E (2009, March). The effect of physical exercise on cognitive function in older adults. Poster presented at the 10th Annual Network Conference of the Alzheimer’s Research Trust, London.

 

 

 

 

Previous professional experience

  • Loughborough University, UK: Research Assistant – data collection
  • Astra Zeneca, Nottingham, UK: Clinical Assistant – offering support to Research Nurses to ensure smooth running of clinical trials

Further information

  • Invited peer reviewer for the Alzheimer’s Association and Alzheimer's Research UK Research Grant Programmes
  • Invited peer reviewer for BMC Public Health; International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health; Social Development; American Journal of Public Health
  • Core member of the Centre of Applied Research and Education (CARE) in Dementia at the University of Wolverhampton.
  • Representative of University of Wolverhampton at the Wolverhampton Dementia Action Alliance quarterly meetings