Professor Marcus Richards
Professor 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. Marcus 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 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, where his work is primarily focused on developing a life course approach to mental ageing and its integration with physical health and function.
Selected recent publications
Richards M, Barnett JH, Xu Man K, Croudace TJ, Gaysina D, Kuh D, Jones PB. Longitudinal affective symptoms and subsequent cognitive function in late midlife: a prospective birth cohort study. British Journal of Psychiatry 2014, 204, 194-199.
Byford M, Abbott RA, Maughan B, Kuh D, Richards M. Adolescent mental health and subsequent parenting: a longitudinal birth cohort study. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health 2014, 68, 396-402.
Tikhonoff V, Hardy R, Deanfield J, Friberg P, Kuh D, Muniz G, Pariante CM, Hotopf M, Richards M. Symptoms of anxiety and depression across adulthood and blood pressure in late middle age: the 1946 British birth cohort. Journal of Hypertension 2014, 32, 1590-8.
Xu MK, Jones PB, Barnett JH, Gaysina D, Kuh D, Croudace TJ, Richards M. Adolescent self-organization predicts midlife memory in a prospective birth cohort study. Psychology and Aging, 2013, 28, 958-68.
Albanese E, Hardy R, Wills A, Kuh D, Guralnik J, Richards M. No association between gain in body mass index across the life course and midlife cognitive function and cognitive reserve - evidence from the 1946 British birth cohort study. Alzheimer’s and Dementia 2012 Nov;8(6):470-82.
Richards M, Hatch S. Good news about the ageing brain. Invited analysis paper. British Medical Journal2011, 343, 882-3.
Richards M, Hatch, SL. A life course approach to the development of mental skills. Journal of Gerontology Series B (Psychological Sciences) 2011, 66, Suppl 1, i26-35.
Roberts BA, Fuhrer R, Marmot M, Richards M. Does retirement influence cognitive performance? The Whitehall II Study. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health 2011, 65, 958-63.
Richards M, Huppert FA. Do positive children become positive adults? Evidence from a longitudinal birth cohort study. Journal of Positive Psychology 2011, 6, 75-87.
Richards M, Brayne C. What do we mean by Alzheimer’s disease? Invited analysis paper. British Medical Journal 2010, 341, 865-867.