Dr Carol Holland


 Reader in Psychology 

School of Life and Health Sciences
Aston University

Birmingham B4 7ET

mailto: c.holland1@aston.ac.uk
telephone: +44 (0) 121 204 4063
fax: +44 (0) 121 204 4090

Reader on the Psychology Teaching Programme 
Director of Aston Research Centre for Healthy Ageing 

Research Group

Applied Health Research Group

Research Centre

Aston Research Centre for Healthy Ageing (ARCHA)  

Carol Holland

PhD studentships available! See here for application details, links to projects here (see under Applied Health Research). Please contact Carol Holland for further details; deadline 25th April.

I did my degree in Psychology at the University of Nottingham, and my doctorate at the Age and Cognitive Performance Research Unit, University of Manchester on “Patterns of Change in Ageing Memory” (1988). I am a chartered psychologist, an Associate Fellow of the BPS and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Previous employments include:

  • Research Fellow, Age & Cognitive Performance Research Centre, University of Manchester
  • Assistant Director, Age & Cognitive Performance Research Centre, University of Manchester
  • Lecturer in Cognitive Psychology, Department of Psychology, University of Leeds

 Research Interests

Psychology of ageing & cognition

Driver, pedestrian and other risk behaviour

Older adults' health behaviour

Links between physical and cognitive frailty, resilience, quality of life and need for care

Current Project: The Longitudinal ExtraCare study (PI);  

Current Project: Frailty Management Optimisation though EIP AHA Commitments and Utilisation of Stakeholders input (FOCUS)


Second year undergraduate course: The Psychology of Ageing

Masters in Cognitive Neuroscience

PhD Supervisions: 8 to completion, 3 in progress

Current and Recent Research Funding

2014 Attentional switching flexibility between time and space in older adults: Investigation of mechanisms, relation to driving and potentials for rehabilitation.Rees Jeffreys Road Fund/Aston University 50/50 Studentship. C. Holland & Klaus Kessler

2014 Structured autobiographical memory training as a preventive strategy for cognitive and social functioning decline. Abbeyfield PhD Studentship, C. Holland (PI), N. Ridout, I. James

Aston Laboratory for Immersive Virtual Environments (ALIVE), Wolfson Infrastructure Grant, PI: Meese; Co-PIs: Kessler, Holland, Lumsden, Andersen, 2014.

Collaborative Research between Aston Research Centre for Healthy Ageing (ARCHA) and the ExtraCare Charitable Trust.  C. Holland (PI), K. West, G. Leask, M. Carter, R. Cooke, R.Shaw, R. Powell (ARCHA). ExtraCare Charitable Trust, 2012-15.

Mobility changes in older age: Neuropsychological, neurophysiological and cognitive predictors of successful adaptation in real world scenarios. ARCHA studentship C. Holland (PI) S.Hall, K.Rochelle, P.Furlong, 2011-2014    

Older people, information and choice: assessing the reconfiguration of social care and health care for older people, ARCHA studentship, A.Dodds (PI), K. West, C. Holland, 2011-2014.

Evaluation of the Vascular Screening Programme. R. Cooke (PI), H. Pattison, R. Shaw, C. Holland, E. Peel (all LHS, Aston University). Heart of Birmingham Teaching Primary Care Trust, 2010-12.

 Perception of risk, feelings of vulnerability and effects on driving behaviour of women drivers across the lifespan, PI Holland, R. Hill, Goodmedia Ltd, ESRC CASE studentship

 Publications (C.A. Holland, née Winthorpe)