Mental illness is common and destructive. Worldwide, poor mental health directly affects one in four people, with many more experiencing negative physical health outcomes due to the impact of mental distress on non-psychological ailments. In order to address these challenges, it is imperative that older adults’ mental health perspectives and priorities are incorporated into research aims and study designs.
The Precision Mental Health Project aims to work directly with community partners, policymakers, and older adults to inform a research portfolio that examines factors associated with positive mental health and resilience. This inter-disciplinary project takes a mixed-method approach, ranging from exploratory qualitative research on mental health perspectives to data-driven computational modelling of mental health risk phenotypes. This talk will provide an overview of some of the ongoing work on the Precision Mental Health project, the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, as well future directions for the project.
This session is organised by the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing and will be conducted via Zoom:
About the Speaker
Dr Theodore D Cosco, University of Oxford | Simon Fraser University, Canada
Theodore D Cosco is an Assistant Professor of Mental Health & Aging at the Department of Gerontology, Simon Fraser University and Research Fellow at the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing, University of Oxford.
Theodore is a Chartered Psychologist (British Psychological Society) trained in research methods (MSc, Trinity College Dublin) and epidemiology (PhD, University of Cambridge). For his contributions to pedagogy, he has been elected to Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy and for contributions to psychology Associate Fellowship of the British Psychological Society. Recently, he received the Early Career Achievement Award from the American Psychological Association and European Health Psychology Society, the Young Investigator Colloquium Scholarship from the American Psychosomatic Society, as well as becoming the youngest recipient of the Canadian Association on Gerontology’s Recognition Award for Excellence in Longitudinal Research in Honour of Betty Havens.