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Dr. Marica Cassarino

Biography

I am a psychologist interested in how the lived environment can support health and well-being across the lifespan, with a focus on contextual factors of healthy ageing.

I am currently working as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the School of Allied Health, University of Limerick (UL), Ireland, to investigate the contribution of allied health professionals to quality of care for older people in the emergency department (HRB funded project; P.I.: Dr. Rose Galvin).

I completed a B.Sc. in Cognitive Psychology and Psychobiology (2007) and a M.Sc. in Clinical Psychology (2009) at the University of Padua, Italy. My research focused on ageing processes (topics ranging from neurodegenerative disorders to place attachment in older age). I then completed a PhD in Applied Psychology at University College Cork (UCC), Ireland (2013-2017). Here, I explored geographical variations in cognitive health in ageing using data from The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA).

I previously worked as a Postdoctoral researcher in UCC (funded by Liberty Insurance Dac), where I conducted a project exploring of individual and environmental factors of accident risk in young drivers from an ecological perspective (Press release: https://tinyurl.com/ybo63ldp, Publication:

https://doi.org/10.1016/j.trf.2018.04.003)


Research Interests

My general research interest is in investigating how individual and contextual factors interact to influence healthy ageing.

Topics of my work include:

  • Cognitive Psychology (Neuropsychology of ageing; Cognitive stimulation; Experimental Psychology)
  • Environmental Psychology (Place attachment in older age; Age-friendly care environments; Cognitive-friendly places; Ecological models of young drivers' risk);
  • Health Geography (Epidemiology of cognitive ageing);
  • Social Gerontology (Quality of service delivery for older people).


I have experience with both qualitative, quantitative and mixed-methods approaches.

I am involved in a number of interdisciplinary collaborations with researchers interested in environment and healthy ageing both in Ireland and abroad:

  • Cross-national comparisons on geographical variations in cognitive health. School of Applied Psychology, UCC, and National Institute of Mental Health, Klecany NUDZ (Czech Republic) - 2017-ongoing
  • Outdoor Lived Environment as 'Brain Training' (https://www.researchgate.net/project/Outdoor-lived-environment-as-brain-training). School of Applied Psychology, School of Applied Social Studies, UCC, & Department of Psychology, University of Exeter (U.K.) - 2016-ongoing
  • The role of nature for health. A cross-disciplinary perspective. School of Applied Psychology, UCC, and School of Natural & Social Sciences, University of Gloucestershire (U.K.)




Teaching Interests

I have taught modules in Psychology and Research Methods/statistical analysis applied to health.

My theoretical background is informed by models of person-environment interactions:

During my teaching experience, I have used these models (and the methods required to investigate them) to make students aware of how creating supportive environments enables the promotion of health and wellbeing across the lifespan.





Professional Activities

Employment

  • 2018 School of Allied Health University of Limerick - PostDoctoral Research Fellow
  • 2017 Liberty Insurance Ltd. & School of Applied Psychology, University College Cork - PostDoctoral Researcher
  • 2017 School of Applied Psychology, University College Cork - Research Assistant
  • 2013 School of Applied Psychology, University College Cork - Lecturer/Tutor (Occasional)

Education

  • 2017 University College Cork - PhD
  • 2009 University of Padua (Italy) - MSc
  • 2007 University of Padua (Italy) - BSc

Award

  • 2016 - Irish Gerontological Society Presidential Prize

Association

  • 2014 Member, Irish Gerontological Society

Language

  • English
  • Italian

Other

Publications

Peer Reviewed Journals

2018

Reducing Young Drivers' Crash Risk: Are We There Yet? An Ecological System-Based Review of the Last Decade of Research
Marica Cassarino & Gillian Murphy
(2018) Reducing Young Drivers' Crash Risk: Are We There Yet? An Ecological System-Based Review of the Last Decade of Research
In Transportation Research Part F-Traffic Psychology And Behavi;

2017

Disabilities Moderate the Association Between Neighbourhood Urbanity and Cognitive Health: Results from the Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing
Marica Cassarino, Vincent O'Sullivan, Rose Anne Kenny & Annalisa Setti
(2017) Disabilities Moderate the Association Between Neighbourhood Urbanity and Cognitive Health: Results from the Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing
In Disability And Health Journal;
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.dhjo.2017.12.002

2016

Environment and Cognitive Aging: A Cross-Sectional Study of Place of Residence and Cognitive Performance in the Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing
Marica Cassarino, Vincent O'Sullivan, Rose Anne Kenny & Annalisa Setti
(2016) Environment and Cognitive Aging: A Cross-Sectional Study of Place of Residence and Cognitive Performance in the Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing
In Neuropsychology; pp. 543-547
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/neu0000253

2016

Complexity as Key to Designing Cognitive-Friendly Environments for Older People
Marica Cassarino & Annalisa Setti
(2016) Complexity as Key to Designing Cognitive-Friendly Environments for Older People
In Frontiers in psychology; pp. 1329-
DOI: https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2016.01329

2015

Environment as ‘Brain Training': A review of Geographical and Physical Environmental Influences on Cognitive Ageing
Marica Cassarino & Annalisa Setti
(2015) Environment as ‘Brain Training': A review of Geographical and Physical Environmental Influences on Cognitive Ageing
In Ageing research reviews; pp. 167-182
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.arr.2015.06.003

Conference Publications

2017

Urban Space and the Body International Conference
Marica Cassarino, Eleanor Bantry-White, Yu-Tzu Wu, Jason C. Chan, & Annalisa Setti
(2017) Urban Space and the Body International Conference
Cork, Ireland

2017

Irish Gerontological Society 65th Jubilee Annual and Scientific Meeting 'Changing Perspectives in Gerontology – the Next 65 Years'
Marica Cassarino, Rose Anne Kenny, & Annalisa Setti
(2017) Irish Gerontological Society 65th Jubilee Annual and Scientific Meeting 'Changing Perspectives in Gerontology – the Next 65 Years'
Age & Ageing(Ed.) Wexford, Ireland
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/ageing/afx145.16

2017

The 21st International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics World Congress
Annalisa Setti, Marica Cassarino, & Isabella C. Tuohy
(2017) The 21st International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics World Congress
Innovation in Aging(Ed.) San Francisco, CA
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/geroni/igx004.1207

2016

Irish Gerontological Society 64th Annual and Scientific Meeting 'Developing Cultures of Excellence in Ageing and Exploring the Needs of Marginalised Groups'
Marica Cassarino, & Annalisa Setti
(2016) Irish Gerontological Society 64th Annual and Scientific Meeting 'Developing Cultures of Excellence in Ageing and Exploring the Needs of Marginalised Groups'
Age & Ageing(Ed.) pp. ii13-ii56 Killarney, Ireland
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/ageing/afw159.186

2016

The Gerontological Society of America's 69th Annual Scientific Meeting
Eleanor Bantry-White, Annalisa Setti, Marica Cassarino, & Yu-Tzu Wu
(2016) The Gerontological Society of America's 69th Annual Scientific Meeting
The Gerontologist(Ed.) pp. 532- New Orleans, LA
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/geront/gnw162.2151

2015

Connected Sustainability Workshop, 7th International ACM Conference on Communities and Technologies
Annalisa Setti & Marica Cassarino
(2015) Connected Sustainability Workshop, 7th International ACM Conference on Communities and Technologies
Limerick, Ireland

2015

The International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics European Region Congress, 'Unlocking the Demographic Dividend'
Marica Cassarino, Vincent O'Sullivan, Rose Anne Kenny & Annalisa Setti
(2015) The International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics European Region Congress, 'Unlocking the Demographic Dividend'
Dublin, Ireland

2014

Irish Gerontological Society 62nd Annual and Scientific Meeting, 'Science for Healthy and Active Ageing'
Marica Cassarino, Vincent O'Sullivan, Rose Anne Kenny & Annalisa Setti
(2014) Irish Gerontological Society 62nd Annual and Scientific Meeting, 'Science for Healthy and Active Ageing'
Galway, Ireland