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Dr Serena Sabatini

Dr Serena Sabatini

Postdoctoral Research Associate

 07757029595

 South Cloisters 

 

South Cloisters, University of Exeter, St Luke's Campus, Heavitree Road, Exeter, EX1 2LU, UK

Overview

I did my bachelor’s degree in psychology of Personality and Interpersonal Relations and my master’s degree in clinical-Dynamic Psychology at the University of Padua (Italy). In this period, I obtained two Erasmus Scholarships which enabled me to study at the “Universidad Autonoma de Madrid” (Spain) and at the “University of St Andrews” (Scotland). I got qualified as a Psychologist in Italy in 2018. I joined the University of Exeter (England) in 2017 where I pursued my PhD in Psychology on the topic of awareness of age-related change (AARC). I am currently a Postdoctoral Research Associate within the REACH team at the University of Exeter where I work on the IDEAL study. This IDEAL study explores whether and how a wide range of psychological, social, medical, and environmental factors relates to the experiences of people with dementia and their carers.

https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=Aq-lIRgAAAAJ&hl=it Google scholar profile

https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Serena-Sabatini-3 Research Gate profile

https://www.linkedin.com/in/dr-serena-sabatini-b024a014a/  LikedIn profile

Twitter: @SerenaSabatini

I am Associate Editor in Aging Psychiatry, Frontiers in Psychiatry.

I qualified as Associated Fellow of The Higher Education Academy.

I am member of several professional bodies including the British Psychological Society, the British Society of Gerontology, the Società Italiana di Psicologia dell’Invecchiamento, the Gerontological Society of America, the European Association of Social Psychology, the International Behavioral Trials Network, and the UK Society of Behavioral Medicine.

 

Qualifications

PhD in Psychology (2017-2021)

2-year Master Degree (Hons) (2014-2016)

BSc (Hons) (2011-2014), Psychology of Personality and Interpersonal Relations, School of Psychology, Università degli Studi di Padova, Padova, Italy.

2019 Qualified as Associated Fellow of The Higher Education Academy, University of Exeter, Exeter, UK.

2018 Qualified as a Psychologist in Italy (state abilitation), Università degli Studi di Pavia, Italy

ORCID ID: 0000-0002-3618-6949

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Research

Research interests

I am a clinical psychologist with an interest in self-perceptions of ageing and in their relationships with social, psychological, medical, and environmental factors.

I have been involved in health research looking at well-being and quality of life among healthy older adults and people with dementia.  

Subjective ageing: I am interested in the way in which middle-aged and older people perceive their own ageing and how this relates to their cognitive, physical, and mental health. My research has focused on the concepts of awareness of age-related change, attitudes toward own ageing, subjective age, subjective cognitive decline, and subjective health. I made use of secondary data from the PROTECT study (https://www.protectstudy.org.uk ), the CFAS Wales study (http://www.cfas.ac.uk/cfas-wales/), the ILSE study (https://www.maelstrom-research.org/study/ilse), and the IDEAL programme (http://www.idealproject.org.uk). I continue to publish on this topic, and I am currently focusing on longitudinal predictors and developmental outcomes of awareness of positive and negative age-related changes.

Dementia: I am currently working on the IDEAL programme (http://www.idealproject.org.uk)  which investigates factors related to the quality of life and well-being of people with dementia and their carers. I am currently exploring at longitudinal level the social, cultural, and economic resources that people with dementia and their carers have; physical health and fitness in people with dementia and in their carers; changes in the psychological well-being and mood of people with dementia during COVID-19; neuropsychological symptoms of dementia; and how people with dementia perceive their own ageing.

Research projects

Improving the experience of dementia and enhancing active life: the IDEAL study http://www.idealproject.org.uk

PhD research: Awareness of age-related change and its associations with cognitive, physical, and mental health and well-being in the second half of life

Publications

Key publications | Publications by category | Publications by year

Publications by category


Journal articles

Sabatini S, Martyr A, Ukoumunne OC, Ballard C, Collins R, Pentecost C, Rusted JM, Quinn C, Anstey KJ, Kim S, et al (In Press). Attitudes Toward Own Aging and Cognition among Individuals Living with and without Dementia: Findings from the IDEAL Programme and the PROTECT Study.  Abstract.
Sabatini S, Ukoumunne O, Ballard C, Collins R, Anstey K, Diehl M, Brothers A, Wahl H-W, Corbett A, Hampshire A, et al (In Press). Cross-Sectional Association between Objective Cognitive Performance and Perceived Age-related Gains and Losses in Cognition. International Psychogeriatrics Full text.
Sabatini S, Ukoumunne O, Brothers A, Diehl M, Wahl H-W, Ballard C, Collins R, Corbett A, Brooker H, Clare L, et al (In Press). Differences in Awareness of Positive and Negative Age-Related Changes Account for Variability in Health Outcomes.  Abstract.
Sabatini S, Siebert JS, Diehl M, Brothers A, Wahl H-W (In Press). Identifying Predictors of Self-Perceptions of Aging Based on a Range of Cognitive, Physical, and Mental Health Indicators: Twenty-Year Longitudinal Findings from the ILSE Study. Psychology and Aging Abstract.  Full text.
Sabatini S, Ukoumunne O, Ballard C, Collins R, Corbett A, Brooker H, Clare L (In Press). The Cross-sectional Relationship between Pain and Awareness of Age-Related Changes. British Journal of Pain Full text.
Sabatini S, Ballard C, Clare L, Collins R, Ukoumunne O (2021). Associations of subjective cognitive and memory decline with depression, anxiety, and two-year change in objectively-assessed global cognition and memory. Aging, Neuropsychology and Cognition: a Journal on Normal and Dysfunctional Development Full text.
Sabatini S, Ukoumunne O, Ballard C, Collins R, Corbett A, Brooker H, Clare L (2021). Cross-sectional and longitudinal associations between subjective sleep difficulties and self-perceptions of aging. Behavioral Sleep Medicine Full text.
Sabatini S, Ukoumunne OC, Ballard C, Collins R, Corbett A, Brooker H, Clare L (2021). Exploring awareness of age-related changes among over 50s in the UK: findings from the PROTECT study. Int Psychogeriatr, 1-15. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Sabatini S, Ukoumunne OC, Martyr A, Ballard C, Lamont RA, Collins R, Pentecost C, Hunt A, Quinn C, Thom JM, et al (2021). Relationship between self-perceptions of aging and ‘living well’ among people with mild-to-moderate dementia: Findings from the ideal programme. Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics, 94, 104328-104328. Full text.
Sabatini S, Ukoumunne OC, Ballard C, Collins R, Kim S, Corbett A, Aarsland D, Hampshire A, Brooker H, Clare L, et al (2021). What does feeling younger or older than one’s chronological age mean to men and women? Qualitative and quantitative findings from the PROTECT study. Psychology & Health, 1-24. Full text.
Sabatini S, Silarova B, Martyr A, Collins R, Ballard C, Anstey KJ, Kim S, Clare L (2020). Associations of Awareness of Age-Related Change with Emotional and Physical Well-being: a Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Gerontologist, 60(6), e477-e490. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Sabatini S, Ukoumunne O, Ballard C, Diehl M, Wahl H-W, Brothers A, Clare L (2020). Health Differences Among People with Varying Profiles of Awareness of Positive and Negative Age-Related Changes. Innovation in Aging, 4(Suppl 1), 480-480.
Sabatini S, Ukoumunne O, Ballard C, Diehl M, Wahl H-W, Brothers A, Clare L (2020). Health Differences Among People with Varying Profiles of Awareness of Positive and Negative Age-Related Changes. Innovation in aging, 4(Suppl 1), 480-480. Abstract.
Sabatini S, Ukoumunne O, Ballard C, Anstey K, Diehl M, Brothers A, Wahl H-W, Clare L (2020). Higher Awareness of Positive and Negative Age-Related Changes Relate to Lower Objective Cognitive Scores. Innovation in Aging, 4(Suppl 1), 597-598.
Sabatini S, Ukoumunne O, Ballard C, Collins R, Anstey KJ, Diehl M, Brothers A, Corbett A, Hampshire A, Brooker H, et al (2020). Higher perceived age‐related gains and losses relate to lower objective cognitive scores. Alzheimer's & Dementia, 16(S6).
Sabatini S, Ukoumunne O, Ballard C, Brothers A, Kaspar R, Collins R, Kim S, Corbett A, Aarsland D, Hampshire A, et al (2020). International relevance of Two Measures of Awareness of Age-Related Change (AARC). BMC Geriatrics, 20 Full text.

Publications by year


In Press

Sabatini S, Martyr A, Ukoumunne OC, Ballard C, Collins R, Pentecost C, Rusted JM, Quinn C, Anstey KJ, Kim S, et al (In Press). Attitudes Toward Own Aging and Cognition among Individuals Living with and without Dementia: Findings from the IDEAL Programme and the PROTECT Study.  Abstract.
Sabatini S, Ukoumunne O, Ballard C, Collins R, Anstey K, Diehl M, Brothers A, Wahl H-W, Corbett A, Hampshire A, et al (In Press). Cross-Sectional Association between Objective Cognitive Performance and Perceived Age-related Gains and Losses in Cognition. International Psychogeriatrics Full text.
Sabatini S, Ukoumunne O, Brothers A, Diehl M, Wahl H-W, Ballard C, Collins R, Corbett A, Brooker H, Clare L, et al (In Press). Differences in Awareness of Positive and Negative Age-Related Changes Account for Variability in Health Outcomes.  Abstract.
Sabatini S, Siebert JS, Diehl M, Brothers A, Wahl H-W (In Press). Identifying Predictors of Self-Perceptions of Aging Based on a Range of Cognitive, Physical, and Mental Health Indicators: Twenty-Year Longitudinal Findings from the ILSE Study. Psychology and Aging Abstract.  Full text.
Sabatini S, Ukoumunne O, Ballard C, Collins R, Corbett A, Brooker H, Clare L (In Press). The Cross-sectional Relationship between Pain and Awareness of Age-Related Changes. British Journal of Pain Full text.

2021

Sabatini S, Ballard C, Clare L, Collins R, Ukoumunne O (2021). Associations of subjective cognitive and memory decline with depression, anxiety, and two-year change in objectively-assessed global cognition and memory. Aging, Neuropsychology and Cognition: a Journal on Normal and Dysfunctional Development Full text.
Sabatini S, Ukoumunne O, Ballard C, Collins R, Corbett A, Brooker H, Clare L (2021). Cross-sectional and longitudinal associations between subjective sleep difficulties and self-perceptions of aging. Behavioral Sleep Medicine Full text.
Sabatini S, Ukoumunne OC, Ballard C, Collins R, Corbett A, Brooker H, Clare L (2021). Exploring awareness of age-related changes among over 50s in the UK: findings from the PROTECT study. Int Psychogeriatr, 1-15. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Sabatini S, Ukoumunne OC, Martyr A, Ballard C, Lamont RA, Collins R, Pentecost C, Hunt A, Quinn C, Thom JM, et al (2021). Relationship between self-perceptions of aging and ‘living well’ among people with mild-to-moderate dementia: Findings from the ideal programme. Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics, 94, 104328-104328. Full text.
Sabatini S, Ukoumunne OC, Ballard C, Collins R, Kim S, Corbett A, Aarsland D, Hampshire A, Brooker H, Clare L, et al (2021). What does feeling younger or older than one’s chronological age mean to men and women? Qualitative and quantitative findings from the PROTECT study. Psychology & Health, 1-24. Full text.

2020

Sabatini S, Silarova B, Martyr A, Collins R, Ballard C, Anstey KJ, Kim S, Clare L (2020). Associations of Awareness of Age-Related Change with Emotional and Physical Well-being: a Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Gerontologist, 60(6), e477-e490. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Sabatini S, Ukoumunne O, Ballard C, Diehl M, Wahl H-W, Brothers A, Clare L (2020). Health Differences Among People with Varying Profiles of Awareness of Positive and Negative Age-Related Changes. Innovation in Aging, 4(Suppl 1), 480-480.
Sabatini S, Ukoumunne O, Ballard C, Diehl M, Wahl H-W, Brothers A, Clare L (2020). Health Differences Among People with Varying Profiles of Awareness of Positive and Negative Age-Related Changes. Innovation in aging, 4(Suppl 1), 480-480. Abstract.
Sabatini S, Ukoumunne O, Ballard C, Anstey K, Diehl M, Brothers A, Wahl H-W, Clare L (2020). Higher Awareness of Positive and Negative Age-Related Changes Relate to Lower Objective Cognitive Scores. Innovation in Aging, 4(Suppl 1), 597-598.
Sabatini S, Ukoumunne O, Ballard C, Collins R, Anstey KJ, Diehl M, Brothers A, Corbett A, Hampshire A, Brooker H, et al (2020). Higher perceived age‐related gains and losses relate to lower objective cognitive scores. Alzheimer's & Dementia, 16(S6).
Sabatini S, Ukoumunne O, Ballard C, Brothers A, Kaspar R, Collins R, Kim S, Corbett A, Aarsland D, Hampshire A, et al (2020). International relevance of Two Measures of Awareness of Age-Related Change (AARC). BMC Geriatrics, 20 Full text.

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External Engagement and Impact

Awards

2021 Premio Carlo Cristini 2021, XIV Convegno nazionale Società Italiana di Psicologia dell’Invecchiamento

2019 Best-poster award, XII Convegno nazionale Società Italiana di Psicologia dell’Invecchiamento

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