ICAT Fellow awarded a 2022-2023 Fulbright scholarship

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Dr Claire Potter is a Fulbright Student Awardee.

Dr Claire Potter is a Specialty Trainee in General Adult and Old Age Psychiatry and ICAT Fellow in Queen’s University Belfast. A second year PhD student in the Centre of Public Health, her research involves studying life course impact of stress and negative psychological experiences on biological and cognitive ageing across ageing cohorts. As a Fulbright Student Awardee to the Institute of Social Research, University of Michigan, Dr Potter will explore this further in the longitudinal Health and Retirement Study (HRS) gaining additional technical and analytical skills to develop longstanding collaborations with global ageing researchers.

The Secretary General of the Department of Foreign Affairs, Joe Hackett and the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Dublin, Alexandra McKnight, on behalf of U.S. Ambassador to Ireland Clare Cronin, announced 40 Fulbright Irish Awardees for 2022-2023. Irish awardees will undertake research, teaching and study in the USA spanning many disciplines. They will address pressing societal issues, engage with U.S. society, and share their knowledge when they return home.

Claire graduated from Queen’s University Belfast in 2013 and entered Psychiatry training in 2015 obtaining her MRCPsych in 2017. She is currently a Specialty Trainee in dual General Adult and Old Age Psychiatry in Northern Ireland and joined the ICAT Programme in 2019. Claire is pursuing a PhD in Queen's University Belfast under the supervision of Professor Bernadette McGuinness, Professor Frank Kee and Dr Amy-Jayne McKnight. The title of her PhD is "The ELECA study - Early Life strEss and Cognitive Ageing: an investigation of international longitudinal cohorts of ageing".