Dr Angela Clifford
Research Fellow (Caring for Lifelong Health Research Centre)
My early interests in human behaviour and wellbeing led me to train in Psychology at Bangor University. I specialised in cognitive psychology and neurodevelopment, researching differences in cognitive performance in mono- and bi-lingual children. Following a part time role working on a clinical trials unit I returned to complete an MSc in Psychological Research and used experimental neuroimaging to apply a theory to mirror system development (Wiggett et al., Soc Neurosci, 2012). I pursued a PhD in cognitive psychology at Loughborough University through a university-awarded studentship. My research investigated mediating and moderating factors on the effect of physical activity on the development of dementia through analysis of large cohort data and a randomised controlled trial.
Towards the end of my PhD I began working as a research assistant at the University of Wolverhampton researching epidemiology of dementia as part of a Bupa Foundation-funded project, subsequently publishing a number of systematic reviews and meta-analyses. I began to work on a number of consultancy evaluation projects both internally and with external organisations, and collaborated with colleagues in Health, Arts and Education on research studies and bid submissions. In 2018 I was awarded an Early Researcher Award Scheme grant to investigate help-seeking among family caregivers to people living with dementia.
I teach a number of individual sessions at levels 6, 7 and 8 on health and psychology courses across the Faculty of Education, Health and Wellbeing and in the doctoral college. My teaching topics are primarily around quantitative methodology and statistics as well as older adult issues. I also supervise and co-supervise a group of doctoral students from a range of fields in health. I completed the Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education and Professional Practice in 2017 and am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
In 2012 I was involved in setting up the Centre for Applied Research and Education in Dementia, which brings together colleagues from across the university and external organisations interested in dementia. This group expanded the scope of dementia education across the Faculty and wider University, and its web presence has encouraged attention from a number of sources locally and internationally. As a University we made a commitment to improving lives of people living with dementia and their loved ones through our research, teaching and other business activities. We also signed up to the Dementia Action Alliance.
I have an ongoing interest in the lived experience of dementia and of caregivers, in particular during times of transition, though I have also developed a broader interest in aging well and living with long-term conditions. My core research interests are how we can improve the care and support received by older adults in the community for long- and short-term conditions including dementia. I am also interested in how individual differences play a role in the experience of aging and how inequalities in support needs can be reduced. Primarily trained in quantitative methodologies and statistics, I am increasingly using qualitative and mixed methods to complement these fields of interest. I have an ongoing interest in robust evaluative work using structured frameworks within the community, especially in the fields of mental health and older adult services.
- Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
- PhD: “Physical Activity and Cognition in the Elderly”; Loughborough University, UK. Supervised by Prof Eef Hogervorst and Dr Stephan Bandelow; 2013
- MSc Psychological Research (with Distinction); Bangor University, UK; 2008
- BSc Psychology (1st Class Hons); University of Wales, Bangor, UK; 2007
- Postgraduate Diploma in Higher Education and Professional Practice; University of Wolverhampton, UK; 2017
- Danat IM, Clifford A, Partridge M, et al (2019). Impacts of overweight and obesity in older age on the risk of dementia: a systematic literature review and a meta-analysis. Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. Pre-press: 1-13 (IF 3.465).
- Bakre AT, Chen R, Khutan R, … Clifford A, et al (2018). Association between fish consumption and risk of dementia: a new study from China and a systematic literature review and meta-analysis. Public Health Nutr. 21 (10): 1921-32. doi: 10.1017/S136898001800037X (IF 2.485).
- Bakre AT, Song A, Clifford A, et al. Determinants of fish consumption in older people: a community-based cohort study. J Aging Res Clin Practice 2018; 7:163-175. doi: 10.14283/jarcp.2018.27.
- Lang L, Clifford A (co-first author), Wei L, Z et al (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 (IF 2.413).
- 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. 32(7): 1027-1042. doi: 10.1080/09687599.2017.1331837 (IF 1.212).
- Chen R, Lang L, Clifford A, et al (2016). Demographic and Socioeconomic Influences on Community-based Care and Caregivers of People with Dementia in China. JRSM Cardiovascular Disease. 5, 1-15.
- Emira M, Brewster S, Duncan N, Clifford A (2016). What disability? I am a leader! Understanding leadership in HE from a disability perspective. Educational Management Administration & Leadership. 46(3) 457–473. doi: 10.1177/1741143216662923 (IF 1.542).
- 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.
- Clifford A, Lang L, Chen R, et al (2016). Exposure to Air Pollution and Cognitive Functioning across the Life Course – a systematic literature review. Environmental Research. 147: 383-398 (IF 4.732).
- 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 (IF 0.754).
- 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 (IF 2.804).
- 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.
- 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 (IF 2.811).
- 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.
- Hogervorst E, Clifford A, Stock J, et al (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
- Wiggett AJ, Hudson M, Clifford A, et al (2012). Doing, seeing, or both: effects of learning condition on subsequent action perception. Soc Neurosci. 7(6):606-21 (IF 2.575).
- Clifford A, Yesufu Udechuku A, Edwards L, et al (2009). Maintaining cognitive health in elderly women. Future Medicine Aging Health. 5 (5), 655-670.
- Clifford A, Stock J, Bandelow S, et al. 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.
Reports and Consultancy Projects
- Clifford A (2017). Evaluation of the Wolverhampton Dementia Awareness Smart Poster Pilot Project. Commissioned by City of Wolverhampton Council.
- Clifford A (2017). Evaluation of the West Midlands Housing Scheme for Armed Forces Veterans – Wolverhampton. Commissioned by Stonham Housing. Available at https://bit.ly/2GAQVfn
- Clifford A (2016). Black Country LETC Community Volunteers Project Evaluation. Commissioned by Black Country LETC.
- Clifford A, Brewster S, Duncan N, Emira M, Taysum A & Williams-Findlay B (2015). Understanding Leadership from a Disability Perspective. Commissioned by Leadership Foundation in Higher Education.
- Walker W, Clifford A, Rodney A & Ruston G (2015). Public knowledge, understanding and views of hospice care: A questionnaire survey. Commissioned by Compton Hospice, Wolverhampton.
- Clifford A (2014). Evaluation of the Complementary Studies Week Programme. Commissioned by Institute of Sport, University of Wolverhampton.
- Morgan A, Drew D, Clifford A & Serrant-Green L (2013). Evaluation of the X-PERT Diabetes Education Programme. Commissioned by Wolverhampton Community Trust
Invited Conference Contributions
- Clifford A (2019, July). Help-seeking among family caregivers to people showing early signs of dementia. Oral presentation at the British Society of Gerontology 48th Annual Conference, Liverpool, UK.
- Clifford A & Chen R (2018, August). Impact of Air Pollution on Risk of Dementia: What is the evidence? Oral presentation at International Conference of Global Health and Epidemiology, Telford, UK.
- Clifford A & Hewitt-Moran T (2016, April). The Impact of Moving Substance Misuse Services away from the Public Sector. Poster presented at Health Education West Midlands symposium, Birmingham, UK.
- Clifford A, Kirby E, Bandelow S, et al (2011, October). Cognitive tests sensitive to Acetylcholinesterase Inhibitor treatment for Alzheimer's disease. Poster presented at the Southeast Asian Countries Meeting and Active Aging Workshop on Designing Age Friendly Communities to Enhance Aging in Place, organised by ACAP, CAS-UI and NCOP, Bali, Indonesia.
- 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.
- Bandelow S, Clifford A, van der Wardt V, et al (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, et al (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 & 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 meeting 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
- Loughborough University, UK: Research Assistant; 2009-2010
- Astra Zeneca, Nottingham, UK: Clinical Assistant; 2008
- Chair of the Faculty of Education, Health and Wellbeing Ethics Advisory Committee for Health, Psychology, Social Work and Social Care.