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ERA Committee

Chair of Emerging Researchers Into Ageing Group (ERA) & EU Regional Representative For The IAGG-CSO:

Dr Deborah Morgan

Deborah Morgan is a researcher at the Centre for Innovative Ageing at Swansea University, where she is a thematic lead on the Future of Ageing Research development group. She also teaches on the Health and Ageing Module of the MSc in Gerontology and Ageing Studies. Deborah has six years’ experience as a researcher, having worked on projects at Swansea University, Cardiff University and the University of South Wales, on a range of health and social care projects. Most recently she has worked on a collaborative project with Brunel University exploring the mobility needs of people with disabilities.Her research interests include Loneliness and Social Isolation, Later Life, Chronic Illness, Disability, Social Care, New Ageing Populations, Lifecourse Perspectives, Social Inequalities, Public Health and Substance Misuse in Later Life. Deborah has recently completed her PhD exploring Transitions in Loneliness and Social Isolation in Later Life.

Incoming Chair of ERA:

Dr Lizzie Evans

Dr Lizzie Evans is a Research Associate at the Centre for Innovative Ageing at Swansea University. She is a psychologist specialising in well-being in later life. Her main research interests are healthy ageing, dementia, age friendly environments, shopping and wellbeing in later life. She is currently working on two Centre for Ageing Better projects on the experience of transitions in later life using a mixture of both qualitative and quantitative methods. She was previously a visiting research fellow at Massey University, NZ, on a study to look at shopping and quality of life amongst older people. She has presented papers at the British Society of Gerontology and Gerontological Society of America conferences and, in 2017, organised an ESRC Festival of Social Science event on creating liveable neighbourhoods in later life.

Outgoing Chair of ERA:

Teddy Cosco

Originally from Whitehorse, Yukon, Theodore developed an interest in gerontology early on. By age 12 he was volunteering at a long-term care facility; a decade later he conducted a BSc with Specialisation in Psychology at the University of Alberta, which included a year as a Research Intern in a dementia care facility.

Upon completion of his undergraduate studies, Theodore emigrated to Ireland to complete a MSc in Applied Social Research at Trinity College Dublin. After working as a Research Officer at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland he joined the Cambridge Institute of Public Health to pursue his doctoral studies at the University of Cambridge. Theodore’s primary interests are in positive aspects of ageing, e.g. resilience, and applying longitudinal modelling techniques within a life course epidemiological framework.


Hayley Wright

Hayley Wright is a postdoctoral Research Associate at Coventry University, in the Centre for Research in Psychology, Behaviour and Achievement.She has been interested in cognitive neuropsychology since her undergraduate degree in Applied Psychology, and her PhD thesis investigated the alleviation of visual attention deficits after stroke. More recently, she has developed an interest in cognitive ageing and decline in the general population. Through her research, she intends to investigate and promote the modifiable lifestyle factors which help to protect cognitive function and wellbeing in older age. She has a keen interest in research into earlier and more accurate detection of dementia, and the provision of tailored support for people with dementia and their families and carers. She maintains an active interest in the cognitive neuropsychology of stroke and dementia, and in the development of assessments to detect subtle nuances in cognitive impairment and behavioural manifestations in these groups.