Liverpool Skylilne

Natural Sciences and Psychology

Dr Caroline Brett

Dr Caroline Brett

Telephone: 0151 904 6329

Biography

Biography
I am a chartered psychologist and full member of the British Psychological Society's Division of Health Psychology, as well as a Registered Health Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (PYL33089), and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
I joined Liverpool John Moores University in October 2015 as a lecturer in health psychology. I spent many years working on longitudinal cohort studies of health and wellbeing in older adults as part of Professor Ian Deary’s team at Edinburgh University. My main research interest is on the lifecourse determinants of subjective wellbeing (including quality of life) in older and younger adults, particularly the role of personality, mood, and psychological resources such as resilience, optimism, and sense of coherence. Most recently I co-ordinated the 6-Day Sample study, a longitudinal study involving health data linkage and follow-up of older adults who were part of a study between age 11 and 27. I maintain strong collaborative links with Professor Deary’s team, and am an Associate Member of the Centre for Cognitive Ageing and Cognitive Epidemiology at Edinburgh University.
I am also interested in factors influencing engagement in neuropsychological rehabilitation following acquired brain injury.

In 2017/18 I teach on the following modules:
Level 4: Concepts in Mental Health and Wellbeing
Level 5: Careers and Employability
Level 6: Applied Health Psychology, Positive Psychology, Dissertation Supervision
Level 7 (MSc Health Psychology): Research Skills & Methodology for Health Psychology (Module Leader), Fundamental Issues in Health Psychology, Psychosocial Aspects of Health & Illness, Dissertation Supervision.
Level 8: Professional doctorate in Health Psychology, Sports & Exercise Psychology, and Sports & Exercise Science - as required.

I co-ordinate the Psychology Research Participants Panel and will shortly take over as Departmental Liaison for the British Psychological Society. I am also the department's Disability Co-ordinator.

PhD supervision:
Nuha Sourani (second supervisor): Work-related stress, coping mechanisms, support, and mental health amongst UK construction managers.
Matt Hibbert (second supervisor): Sexualised drug and alcohol use among LGBT people and the impact on physical and mental health, and psychological wellbeing.
Elaine Coxon (third supervisor): The role of attentional bias in psychological health, wellbeing, and exam-related pressures.

Degrees

2015, City University London, United Kingdom, DPsych Health Psychology
2011, University of Stirling, United Kingdom, MSc Health Psychology (Distinction)
2000, University of Essex, United Kingdom, MSc Cognitive Neuropsychology (Distinction)
1999, University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom, MA (Hons) Psychology (2:1)

Publications

Highlighted publications

Harris MA, Cox SR, Brett CE, Deary IJ, MacLullich AMJ. 2017. Cognitive ability across the life course and cortisol levels in older age NEUROBIOLOGY OF AGING, 59 :64-71 >DOI >Link

Calvin CM, Batty GD, Der G, Brett CE, Taylor A, Pattie A, Cukic I, Deary IJ. 2017. Childhood intelligence in relation to major causes of death in 68 year follow-up: prospective population study BMJ-BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL, 357 >DOI >Link

Journal Articles

Harris MA, Cox SR, Brett CE, Deary IJ, MacLullich AMJ. 2017. Cognitive ability across the life course and cortisol levels in older age NEUROBIOLOGY OF AGING, 59 :64-71 >DOI >Link

Calvin CM, Batty GD, Der G, Brett CE, Taylor A, Pattie A, Cukic I, Deary IJ. 2017. Childhood intelligence in relation to major causes of death in 68 year follow-up: prospective population study BMJ-BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL, 357 >DOI >Link

Brett CE, Pires-Yfantouda R. 2017. Enhancing participation in a national pedometer-based workplace intervention amongst staff at a Scottish university International Journal of Health Promotion and Education, :1-14 >DOI

Čukić I, Brett CE, Calvin CM, Batty GD, Deary IJ. 2017. Childhood IQ and survival to 79: Follow-up of 94% of the Scottish Mental Survey 1947 Intelligence, 63 :45-50 >DOI

Harris MA, Cox SR, Brett CE, Deary IJ, MacLullich AMJ. 2017. Stress in childhood, adolescence and early adulthood, and cortisol levels in older age STRESS-THE INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL ON THE BIOLOGY OF STRESS, 20 :140-148 >DOI >Link

Carpentieri JD, Elliott J, Brett CE, Deary IJ. 2017. Adapting to Aging: Older People Talk About Their Use of Selection, Optimization, and Compensation to Maximize Well-being in the Context of Physical Decline JOURNALS OF GERONTOLOGY SERIES B-PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES, 72 :351-361 >DOI >Link

Brett CE, Sykes C, Pires-Yfantouda R. 2017. Interventions to increase engagement with rehabilitation in adults with acquired brain injury: A systematic review Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, 27 :959-982 >DOI

Harris MA, Brett CE, Johnson W, Deary IJ. 2016. Personality stability from age 14 to age 77 years Psychology and Aging, 31 :862-874 >DOI

Harris MA, Brett CE, Starr JM, Deary IJ, Johnson W. 2016. Personality and Other Lifelong Influences on Older-Age Health and Wellbeing: Preliminary Findings in Two Scottish Samples EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF PERSONALITY, 30 :438-455 >DOI >Link

Harris MA, Brett CE, Deary IJ, Starr JM. 2016. Associations among height, body mass index and intelligence from age 11 to age 78 years BMC GERIATRICS, 16 >DOI >Link

Carpentieri JD, Elliott J, Brett C, Deary I. 2016. Adding narratives to numbers in a mixed methods study of successful ageing: The 6-day sample of the Scottish Mental Survey 1947 Sociological Research Online, 21 >DOI

Harris MA, Brett CE, Starr JM, Deary IJ, McIntosh AM. 2016. Early-life predictors of resilience and related outcomes up to 66 years later in the 6-day sample of the 1947 Scottish mental survey Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 51 :659-668 >DOI

Batty GD, Calvin CM, Brett CE, Čukić I, Deary IJ. 2016. Childhood Body Weight in Relation to Cause-Specific Mortality: 67 Year Follow-up of Participants in the 1947 Scottish Mental Survey Medicine, 95 :e2263 >DOI

Johnson W, Brett CE, Calvin C, Deary IJ. 2016. Childhood characteristics and participation in Scottish Mental Survey 1947 6-Day Sample Follow-ups: Implications for participation in aging studies Intelligence, 54 :70-79 >DOI

Batty GD, Calvin CM, Brett CE, Čukić I, Deary IJ. 2015. Childhood Body Weight in Relation to Morbidity From Cardiovascular Disease and Cancer in Older Adulthood: 67-Year Follow-up of Participants in the 1947 Scottish Mental Survey American Journal of Epidemiology, 182 :775-780 >DOI

Brett CE, Deary IJ. 2015. How to...obtain accurate objective measurements of health at a distance Health Psychology Update, 24

Calvin CM, Batty GD, Brett CE, Deary IJ. 2015. Childhood Club Participation and All-Cause Mortality in Adulthood: A 65-Year Follow-Up Study of a Population-Representative Sample in Scotland Psychosomatic Medicine, 77 :712-720 >DOI

Deary IJ, Brett CE. 2015. Predicting and retrodicting intelligence between childhood and old age in the 6-Day Sample of the Scottish Mental Survey 1947 Intelligence, 50 :1-9 >DOI

del C Valdés Hernández M, Allan J, Glatz A, Kyle J, Corley J, Brett CE, Muñoz Maniega S, Royle NA, Bastin ME, Starr JM, Deary IJ, Wardlaw JM. 2014. Exploratory analysis of dietary intake and brain iron accumulation detected using magnetic resonance imaging in older individuals: The Lothian Birth Cohort 1936 Journal of Nutrition, Health and Aging, 19 :64-69 >DOI

Brett CE, Deary IJ. 2014. Realising health data linkage from a researcher’s perspective: Following up the 6-day sample of the Scottish mental survey 1947 Longitudinal and Life Course Studies, 5 :283-298 >DOI

Schiepers OJG, Harris SE, Gow AJ, Pattie A, Brett CE, Starr JM, Deary IJ. 2012. APOE E4 status predicts age-related cognitive decline in the ninth decade: Longitudinal follow-up of the Lothian Birth Cohort 1921 Molecular Psychiatry, 17 :315-324 >DOI

Brett CE, Gow AJ, Corley J, Pattie A, Starr JM, Deary IJ. 2012. Psychosocial factors and health as determinants of quality of life in community-dwelling older adults Quality of Life Research, 21 :505-516 >DOI

Deary IJ, Johnson W, Gow AJ, Pattie A, Brett CE, Bates TC, Starr JM. 2011. Losing one's grip: A bivariate growth curve model of grip strength and nonverbal reasoning from age 79 to 87 years in the Lothian Birth Cohort 1921 Journals of Gerontology - Series B Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, 66 B :699-707 >DOI

Corley J, Jia X, Brett CE, Gow AJ, Starr JM, Kyle JAM, McNeill G, Deary IJ. 2011. Alcohol Intake and Cognitive Abilities in Old Age: The Lothian Birth Cohort 1936 Study Neuropsychology, 25 :166-175 >DOI

McNeill G, Jia X, Whalley LJ, Fox HC, Corley J, Gow AJ, Brett CE, Starr JM, Deary IJ. 2011. Antioxidant and B vitamin intake in relation to cognitive function in later life in the Lothian Birth Cohort 1936 European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 65 :619-626 >DOI

Murray C, Brett CE, Starr JM, Deary IJ. 2011. Which aspects of subjectively reported quality of life are important in predicting mortality beyond known risk factors? the Lothian Birth Cohort 1921 Study Quality of Life Research, 20 :81-90 >DOI

Gow AJ, Johnson W, Pattie A, Brett CE, Roberts B, Starr JM, Deary IJ. 2011. Stability and Change in Intelligence From Age 11 to Ages 70, 79, and 87: The Lothian Birth Cohorts of 1921 and 1936 Psychology and Aging, 26 :232-240 >DOI

Schiepers OJG, van Boxtel MPJ, Harris SE, Gow AJ, Pattie A, Brett CE, de Groot RHM, Jolles J, Starr JM, Deary IJ. 2011. MTHFR polymorphisms and cognitive ageing in the ninth decade: The Lothian Birth Cohort 1921 Genes, Brain and Behavior, 10 :354-364 >DOI

Corley J, Jia X, Kyle JAM, Gow AJ, Brett CE, Starr JM, McNeill G, Deary IJ. 2010. Caffeine consumption and cognitive function at age 70: The lothian birth cohort 1936 study Psychosomatic Medicine, 72 :206-214 >DOI

Johnson W, Brett CE, Deary IJ. 2010. The pivotal role of education in the association between ability and social class attainment: A look across three generations Intelligence, 38 :55-65 >DOI

Johnson W, Brett CE, Deary IJ. 2010. Intergenerational class mobility in Britain: A comparative look across three generations in the Lothian Birth Cohort 1936 Intelligence, 38 :268-281 >DOI

Deary IJ, Lawn M, Brett CE, Pattie A, Bartholomew DJ. 2010. Sources: Archival Sources for Sir Godfrey Hilton Thomson History of Psychology, 13 :95-109 >DOI

Lawn M, Deary IJ, Bartholomew DJ, Brett C. 2010. Embedding the new science of research: The organised culture of Scottish educational research in the mid-twentieth century Paedagogica Historica, 46 :357-381 >DOI

McIlhagger R, Gow AJ, Brett CE, Corley J, Taylor M, Deary IJ, Starr JM. 2010. Differences in the haematological profile of healthy 70 year old men and women: Normal ranges with confirmatory factor analysis BMC Blood Disorders, 10 >DOI

Brett CE, Lawn M, Bartholomew DJ, Deary IJ. 2010. Help will be welcomed from every quarter: The work of William Boyd and the educational institute of Scotland's research committee in the 1920s History of Education, 39 :589-611 >DOI

Deary IJ, Lawn M, Brett CE, Bartholomew DJ. 2009. "Intelligence and Civilisation": A Ludwig Mond lecture delivered at the University of Manchester on 23rd October 1936 by Godfrey H. Thomson. A reprinting with background and commentary Intelligence, 37 :48-61 >DOI

Lawn M, Deary IJ, Brett C, Bartholomew DJ. 2009. Godfrey thomson and the rise of university pedagogical study: A recorded lecture delivered at the university of edinburgh in november 1950 by godfrey h. thomson: A transcript with commentary History of Education, 38 :565-585 >DOI

Thomson L, Davidson M, Brett C, Steele J, Darjee R. 2008. Risk assessment in forensic patients with schizophrenia: The predictive validity of actuarial scales and symptom severity for offending and violence over 8 – 10 years International Journal of Forensic Mental Health, 7 :173-189 >DOI

Deary IJ, Gow AJ, Taylor MD, Corley J, Brett C, Wilson V, Campbell H, Whalley LJ, Visscher PM, Porteous DJ, Starr JM. 2007. The Lothian Birth Cohort 1936: A study to examine influences on cognitive ageing from age 11 to age 70 and beyond BMC Geriatrics, 7 >DOI

Whyte MC, Brett C, Harrison LK, Byrne M, Miller P, Lawrie SM, Johnstone EC. 2006. Neuropsychological performance over time in people at high risk of developing schizophrenia and controls Biological Psychiatry, 59 :730-739 >DOI

Engagement & Impact

External collaboration:

Institution: Institute of Education, University College London, Collaborator: Dr J. D. Carpentieri

Institution: University College London, Collaborator: Dr Gareth Hagger-Johnson

Institution: University of Edinburgh, Collaborator: Professor Ian J. Deary

Media Coverage:

Links #2: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/men/the-filter/11873700/Mens-happiness-in-later-life-is-determined-by-the-age-of-27.html?fb_ref=Default, Links #1: http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/happiness-is-fulfilling-your-career-goals-by-27-suggests-new-study-10507356.html, Links #3: http://m.theaustralian.com.au/higher-education/grumpy-old-men-had-poor-careers/story-e6frgcjx-1227533453335, Media coverage: The British Psychological Society published a press release based on work I presented at the annual Division of Health Psychology conference in London in September 2015. This related to associations between early career factors and subsequent well-being and psychological resources in old age. The press release was picked up by various national newspapers, including The Times (18th September 2015), The Independent and The Telegraph, and then reproduced over a range of web portals and information sites.

Membership of professional bodies:

Registered health psychologist, Health and Care Professions Council

Chartered Psychologist, graduate member of the BPS and full member of the Division of Health Psychology, British Psychological Society

Public engagement:

Venue/location: Public library, Liverpool, Title of the activity: Workshop on singing for wellbeing, part of the "Being Human" festival for the BABAO conference, Type of activity: Demonstration / workshop, Audience type: Public, Your role in the activity (e.g. organiser, invited speaker, participant etc.): Facilitator

Venue/location: LJMU Byrom Street campus, Title of the activity: LJMU Psychology Research Showcase - an event for research participants, Type of activity: Mini conference, Audience type: Public (research participants), Audience numbers: 8 public, 20 researchers, Your role in the activity (e.g. organiser, invited speaker, participant etc.): Organiser