Professor David Bell

ORGANISATION: University of Stirling
POSITION IN HAGIS: Principal Investigator
PHONE: +44 (0)1786 467486
EMAIL: d.n.f.bell@stir.ac.uk 

BIO: David is a Professor of Economics at the University of Stirling. He has an MA in Economics and Statistics from the university of Aberdeen, an MSc in Econometrics and Mathematical Economics from the London School of Economics and a PhD from the University of Strathclyde. Previously to his post in Stirling, David has worked as a Lecturer at St. Andrews University (1974-74), a Research Fellow at the University of Strathclyde (1975-83), a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Warwick (1983-85) and a Lecturer (1985-89) and Senior Lecturer (1989-90) at the University of Glasgow. David has been an advisor to the Scottish Parliament’s Finance Committee, the Scotland Bill Committee, the Health and Sport Committee and the Education and Culture Committee. His main research interests are in the economics of long term care; the economics of subjective well-being; the Scottish economy; labour economic and the economics of education. 

Professor Ian Deary 

ORGANISATION: University of Edinburgh
POSITION IN HAGIS: Co-Investigator
PHONE: +44 (0)131 650 3452
EMAIL: I.deary@ed.ac.uk 

BIOIan Deary is Professor of Differential Psychology at the University of Edinburgh, and Director of the Medical Research Council-administered Centre for Cognitive Ageing and Cognitive Epidemiology. He graduated in Psychology and Medicine at the University of Edinburgh, and studied there for his PhD. He practised psychiatry in London and Edinburgh before moving to academic psychology. His principal research interest is human mental abilities, especially: the origins of cognitive differences; the effects of ageing and medical conditions on mental skills (cognitive ageing); and the influence of intelligence on health and wellbeing through the life course (cognitive epidemiology). He directs the Lothian Birth Cohorts of 1921 and 1936, and the 6-Day Sample follow-up study of the Scottish Mental Survey 1947. Ian Deary is one of five academics on the Executive of the Dementias Platform UK. He has published over 750 peer-reviewed articles, many on human cognitive ageing, and is the author/co-author of four books.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the British Academy, the Academy of Medical Sciences, the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, and the Royal College of Psychiatrists. He was President of the International Society for the Study of Individual Differences. He held a Royal Society-Wolfson Research Merit Award for his work on human cognitive ageing.

Ian Deary’s other awards include: Distinguished European Personality Psychologist Award from the European Association for Personality Psychology in 2010; Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Society for Intelligence Research, awarded in December 2014; James McKeen Cattell Fellowship for Lifetime Achievement in Applied Psychology from the Association for Psychological Research, awarded in May 2015; Distinguished Contribution Award from the International Society for the Study of Individual Differences, to be awarded in July 2015; and the Tenovus Medal for Outstanding Research in Biomedicine, to be awarded in September 2015.

Dr Elaine Douglas

ORGANISATION: University of Stirling
POSITION IN HAGIS: Research Fellow / Project Manager 
EMAIL: elaine.douglas@stir.ac.uk 

BIO: Elaine joined the HAGIS in September 2015 and seeks to turn Healthy Ageing in Scotland into reality.  She is the project manager for the study and is available to speak directly with people invited to join the study if they have any questions about taking part.  

Elaine’s research interests are in the social and economic determinants of health and health-related policy. Before joining HAGIS, Elaine was a Research Fellow at the University of Southampton on an EU funded project to reduce the over-prescription of antibiotics in eight European countries and at Kings College London on a project to promote early presentation to a GP for symptoms of breast cancer in older women.

She has a PhD in Public Health from University College London (2015) on the socioeconomic inequalities of cervical cancer, an MSc in Health, Community & Development from the London School of Economics (2009) and BSc in Psychology from the University of Stirling (2008).  

If you have been invited to take part in HAGIS but would like more information or to discuss it without obligation, then please call Elaine on Freephone 0800 0855 771. 

Chloe Fawns-Ritchie

ORGANISATION: University of Edinburgh, Centre for Cognitive Ageing and Cognitive Epidemiology
POSITION IN HAGIS: PhD Researcher
EMAIL: c.fawns-ritchie@ed.ac.uk  

Chloe Fawns-Ritchie is the cognitive testing officer at the Centre for Cognitive Ageing and Cognitive Epidemiology at the University of Edinburgh. Chloe’s role at the centre is to assist researchers with all aspects of cognitive testing in their research. Within HAGIS, Chloe and Professor Ian Deary have developed a short cognitive assessment that will be given to HAGIS participants. This cognitive assessment will be used to understand how thinking skills, such as memory, change with increasing age, and how these skills relate to functioning in everyday life.

Chloe obtained an MSc in Human Cognitive Neuropsychology at the University of Edinburgh in 2015 and she is now carrying out a PhD at the same university investigating the association between cognitive functions and financial abilities in ageing. Some of Chloe’s PhD analysis will use the data collected in HAGIS. 

Dr Alasdair Rutherford

ORGANISATION: University of Stirling
POSITION IN HAGIS: Co-Investigator
PHONE: +44 (0)1786 466409
EMAIL: alasdair.rutherford@stir.ac.uk 

BIO: Alasdair is a senior lecturer in social statistics in the School of Applied Social Science (SASS) at the University of Stirling, which he joined in January 2013. He is a research economist with experience in academia, the public and voluntary sectors, and consultancy work. Alasdair has a BSc in Artificial Intelligence and Psychology from the University of Edinburgh (1999); a BA in Economics and Sociology from the Open University (2005); an MSc in Economics from the University of Edinburgh (2006) and his PhD in Economics from the University of Stirling (2011). Before joining SASS, Alasdair was a Research Fellow in the ESRC Centre for Population Change between September 2010 and December 2012. His research is mainly focused on applied econometric and statistical work using both large survey and administrative datasets. His research interests include ageing; social care; informal care; charities and non-profits; and the economics of volunteering.

Elizabeth Lemmon

ORGANISATION: University of Stirling
POSITION IN HAGIS: PhD Researcher
EMAIL: elizabeth.lemmon1@stir.ac.uk 

BIO: Elizabeth is a full time PhD student in the Economics Division of the University of Stirling. Elizabeth graduated from the University of Stirling in June 2013 with a BA with Honors in Economics. Following this she completed her MSc Economics in November 2014 at the University of Edinburgh on the Scottish Graduate Programme in Economics (SGPE). She began her PhD in Economics in October 2014. Elizabeth's research is focused on the costs associated with the ageing population in Scotland. Elizabeth worked on the HAGIS project as a Research Assistant from May 2015 to May 2016.