Dr. Cassandra Richardson

Lecturer in Psychology

School of Psychology

Darwin Building, DB213

+44 (0) 1772 89 3427

Cassie is a cognitive neuroscientist with interests in cognition across the lifespan, health and wellbeing. Her current research is focused on factors that can influence cognitive functioning (e.g. brain injury and stress), and interventions linked with executive functions and health management. Her research predominantly uses a range of neuropsychological assessments and electroencephalography (EEG) to examine the links between brain and behaviour.

Cassie is research active within the area of psychology and is a member of the Cognitive Research Group.

Cassie is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

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Cassie joined UCLan in September 2014 as a Lecturer in Psychology with a Neuroscience speciality. Previously, she held Research Fellow posts at the University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia, Brighton and Sussex Medical School at the University of Sussex, Brighton, UK and an honorary Research Fellow position with Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.


  • PG Cert. Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, UCLan, 2017
  • Ph.D. Cognitive Neuroscience of Ageing, Southampton, 2008
  • M.Sc. Health Psychology, Southampton, 2002
  • B.Sc. (Hons) Psychology, Southampton, 2001


Richardson, Cassandra, Anderson, Mike, Reid, Corinne L. and Fox, Allison M. (2018) Development of inhibition and switching: a longitudinal study of the maturation of interference suppression and reversal processes during childhood. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 34 . pp. 92-100.

Richardson, Cassandra  , Atkins, Stephen, Hurst, Howard Thomas, Quinn, Mark and Sinclair, Jonathan Kenneth   (2017) Executive function testing to assist identification of pitch-side concussion in elite rugby players. The Lancet, 389 (s1). S83.

Richardson C, Nilforooshan R, Gard PR, Weaving G, Tabet N. (2014). Impaired renal function and biomarkers of vascular disease in Alzheimer’s disease. Current Alzheimer Research, 11: 253-8.

Cormack F, Shipolini AR, Awad WI, Richardson C, McCormack DJ, Colleoni L, Underwood M, Baldeweg T, Hogan AM. (2012). A Meta-Analysis of Cognitive Outcome following Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery: Time for a New Consensus? Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, 36: 2118-29.

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Teaching activities

  • Deputy Course Leader MSc Conversion and MSc Option Modules Coordinator
  • PS4090 MSc Conversion Project (Module Leader)
  • PSC005 Psychology (Module Leader)
  • In addition to teaching on a range of core and elective modules on the BSc Psychology programmes and BSc Neuroscience.


  • Concussion monitoring in elite rugby players with Dr Jonathan Sinclair, Dr Steve Atkins (University of Salford), Ian Bentley and Dr Howard Hurst.
  • The effects of stress and caffeine on executive functions with Dr Nikola Bridges.
  • The effects of mindfulness on attentional control and wellbeing with Zoe Hughes and Dr Jeannie Judge.

Research Activities

2018: £5, 435 from the Royal Society. Project Title: Concussion Monitoring in Professional Rugby League (PI Dr Cassandra Richardson).