UCL Institute of Mental Health


Prof Marcus Richards

Professor of Psychology in Epidemiology Programme Leader Medical Research Council

MRC Unit for Lifelong Hlth & Ageing

Population Science & Experimental Medicine

Joined UCL
27th Feb 1996

Research summary

The research programme of Marcus Richards is focused on the life course epidemiology of mental ageing and its consequences for health and function; this combines a long interest in cognition and mental health, with an equal emphasis on biomedical and social science approaches.


Marcus Richards is a Programme Leader at the MRC Unit for Lifelong Health and Ageing at UCL, and a Professor of Psychology in Epidemiology at the Faculty of Population Health Sciences, University College London. He read Experimental Psychology at Oxford University, and obtained a PhD at London University in the physiology of human learning. He has held appointments at Columbia University in New York and King’s College London Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience to conduct research into neurodegenerative diseases of ageing, and was one of the first recipients of an Alzheimer's Society Research Fellowship. He joined the MRC National Survey of Health and Development team in 1996.