Claire McEvoy, PhD, MPhil, RD

Atlantic Fellow at GBHI
UCSF Memory and Aging Center
Queen's University Belfast Profile
UCSF Profile
Home Country: Northern Ireland
Field of Employment: Nutrition & Public Health
Key Areas: diet, lifestyle, cognitive aging, dementia prevention

Public health research is critical to identify strategies that can optimize healthy aging and prevent or delay dementia in later life.

Claire McEvoy is a nutritional epidemiologist and clinical dietitian with a wealth of experience in public health nutrition. Her research aims to identify and test dietary and lifestyle approaches to preserve cognitive abilities during aging and prevent or delay dementia. She is also interested in understanding the mechanisms that underpin how lifestyle behaviors, environment, and social factors interact in different health contexts to influence brain health. In addition to conducting population-based research in several large US and UK studies, she is pilot testing a tailored, low-cost Mediterranean diet intervention on behavior change and cognitive functions in patients diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment.

Originally from Northern Ireland, McEvoy joined the Atlantic Fellows program at GBHI to develop her leadership skills in brain health and public health policy and to build international research networks. Ultimately, her goal is to inform evidence-based dietary and lifestyle recommendations for dementia prevention in the UK, Ireland, and internationally.

Bio: Claire McEvoy, a clinically trained dietitian, received MPhil and PhD degrees in nutrition and public health from Queen’s University Belfast, where she works as a research fellow. She is currently a visiting post-doctoral scholar at UCSF to complete training in epidemiology and cognitive aging. McEvoy was awarded a CARDI-Beeson Career Development Research Fellowship from the American Federation of Aging Research and Institute of Public Health in Ireland, the Wellcome Trust Seed Award in Science, and an Alzheimer’s Society UK Research Award to support her research program in dementia prevention.