Psychology professor receives OBE

Ian Deary, Professor of Differential Psychology, has been recognised in the New Year's Honours list

Congratulations to Ian who has received an OBE for services to the social sciences.

Ian is known for his work on the Lothian Birth Cohort studies of healthy ageing, the longest study of human cognition in the world.

He is also the Director of the Centre for Cognitive Ageing and Cognitive Epidemiology (CCACE) here at the School of PPLS.

Ian Deary


The Lothian Birth Cohorts

The LBCs are a unique group of people – now in their 80s and 90s – who sat intelligence tests as 11-year olds.

Since 1999 they have taken part in thinking tests, brain scans, and health and lifestyle assessments, transforming our understanding of how early life influences healthy ageing.

It is encouraging to have the research on cognitive ageing and the links between intelligence and health awarded this high honour. I am proud to take the bow on behalf of the participants, research team, and supporters of the Lothian Birth Cohorts, and the Centre for Cognitive Ageing and Cognitive Epidemiology

Ian DearyProfessor of Differential Psychology at the School of PPLS

Staying sharp in later life

Much of this research on healthy ageing is funded by Age UK, and together with Ian and his team at CCACE, they have developed the Staying Sharp website with the latest evidence on how to keep your brain healthy as you grow older.

Staying Sharp - Thinking skills in later life | Age UK

New Year's Honours list

The Queen's New Year's Honours List recognises the achievements and service of extraordinary people across the UK each year.