Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences

Dr Tom Russ

Dr Tom Russ is a Clinical Lecturer in Old Age Psychiatry in the Division of Psychiatry.


Dr Tom Russ

Intermediate Clinical Fellow

  • Division of Psychiatry, Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences
  • Alzheimer Scotland Dementia Research Centre
  • Centre for Cognitive Ageing and Cognitive Epidemiology

Contact details


I have trained in medicine and psychiatry in Edinburgh, the Highlands and London and work clinically with older people with functional mental illness and dementia. I am secretary of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in Scotland philosophy and psychiatry special interest group and sit on the Working with Older People steering group at Human Development Scotland (formerly the Scottish Institute of Human Relations).

I would like to encourage any students interested in dementia research, whether or not it happens to be in connection with an SSC block, to contact me about potential projects. I am or have recently supervised projects on temporal trends in dementia rates, music and dementia, and the concept of personhood in dementia so I’d be very pleased to hear from students whatever their focus of interest.

Research interests

  • Dementia epidemiology, including geographical variation in dementia, environmental risk factors, and the life course approach
  • Psychological distress as a risk factor
  • Individual participant meta-analysis

Markers of esteem

  • Winner of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in Scotland Research Prize 2013

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