I completed my training in psychology and mathematical statistics at Sydney University in Australia. My PhD was in the field of clinical neuropsychology, undertaken at the School of Psychology at Sydney University. I completed my postdoctoral training in epidemiology at Cambridge University, at the Institute of Public Health and Primary Care. I am currently a senior lecturer within the Ageing, Health and Society Research Group at the Institute of Health and Society, at Newcastle University. My research focuses on issues related to risk prediction of neurodegenerative diseases. I am working with several large epidemiological studies across the world to integrate risk factor research across multiple disciplines (e.g. genetics, metabolic, nutrition, cardiovascular, cognition and lifestyle) to identify not only those individuals at risk of cognitive decline and dementia, but to determine how different risk and protective factors interact to promote successful ageing.