Deirdre A. Robertson, PhD

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Postdoctoral Fellow

Deirdre Robertson studies the effects of psychological responses to aging on physical and physiological outcomes. Her research focuses on how perceptions of aging, control beliefs and social status affect health across multiple domains including cognitive function, physical frailty and cardiovascular reactivity in later life. Deirdre received her PhD from Trinity College Dublin in 2015 during which she was based at The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing.  She uses both experimental and longitudinal methods in her work. While completing her PhD she gained clinical experience as an assistant neuropsychologist in St James’s Hospital and taught at Trinity College Dublin and Dundalk Institute of Technology between 2011 and 2015. She was awarded the Deirdre McMackin Memorial Medal by the Psychological Society of Ireland for contribution to neuropsychological research in 2014.


Education & Training
PhD, 2015, The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA), Trinity College Dublin
MSc, 2011, Experimental Psychology (BPS and PSI accredited), University of Sussex


Columbia University, Visiting Postdoctoral Scholar
Galvanic Ltd., Research Psychologist and Scientific Advisor 


Selected Publications:
Robertson DA, King-Kallimanis BL, Kenny RA (2015) Negative Perceptions of Aging and Decline in Walking Speed: A Self-Fulfilling Prophecy. PLOS ONE. 10(4)
Coen RF, Robertson DA, Kenny RA, King-Kallimanis BL (2015) Strengths and Limitations of the MoCA for Assessing Cognitive Functioning: Findings From a Large Representative Sample of Irish Older Adults. Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neurology. doi: 10.1177/0891988715598236
Robertson DA, Savva GM,Coen RF, Kenny RA (2014) Cognitive Function in the Pre-Frailty and Frailty Syndrome. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. 62(11):2118-2124
Robertson DA, Savva GM, Kenny RA (2013) Frailty and cognitive impairment-A review of the evidence and causal mechanisms. Ageing Research Reviews. 12(4):840-51