UCL Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care
Research Department of Behavioural Science and Health


Dr Dorina Cadar

Dr Dorina Cadar


UCL Department of Behavioural Science and Health
1-19 Torrington Place


  • Research Associate
    Behavioural Science and Health
    Institute of Epidemiology & Health

Joined UCL


Dorina Cadar focuses on various determinants of mental capabilities across the life course and specifically on examining the risk factors associated with cognitive impairment and dementia. She is particularly interested in the interindividual variability of cognitive ageing and understanding why some individuals experience faster rates of cognitive decline compared to others. Other research areas of interest are cardiovascular disease, inflammatory markers, mental health and well-being, lifestyle behaviours, healthy ageing and observational methodology.

Award year Qualification Institution
2013 PhD
Doctor of Philosophy
Epidemiology and Public Health
University College London
2009 MSc
Master of Science
Clinical Neuroscience
Institute of Psychiatry
2008 BSc
Bachelor of Science
Birkbeck College

Dorina Cadar is a Research Fellow working with Professor Andrew Steptoe and an international multidisciplinary team on an NIA funded project to develop the Healthy Cognitive Ageing Project (HCAP)within the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing. 

She is the Principal Investigator of the ESRC funded project "Social determinants of dementia in the UK and Japan".

Previously she worked at MRC Lifelong Health and Ageing as a Career Development Fellow funded by the Medical Research Council and Alzheimer Society, investigating the role of education on cognitive decline.

Dorina is the Comms Officer of the Society of Social Medicine (SSM), Past-Chair of the SSM ECR Subcommittee, member of the UCL Early Career Network and founder of the Public Engagement Project “Use it, don’t lose it!”.

She graduated with a PhD in Epidemiology from University College London (2013), a Postgraduate Certificate (Distinction) in Cognitive Ageing Research Methods from University of Edinburgh (2013), an MSc in Clinical Neuroscience from Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London (2009) and a BSc in Psychology (Hons) from Birkbeck College, University of London (2008).

Dorina is Associate Editor at BMC Psychiatry and Brain Sciences, a member of Alzheimer’s Society, Royal Society for Medicine, Society for Social Medicine and Population Health, British Society of Gerontology and Gerontological Society of America.


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