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Visiting researcher

Sarah is a visiting researcher at the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Cambridge and a Research Fellow in Cognitive Ageing and Dementia Epidemiology at University College London. Her research focuses on understanding the association between change in cognition and various socio-economic, social, and physical health factors in older age as part of the ELSA-HCAP project. She received the Cambridge Trust scholarship to pursue her PhD degree at the University of Cambridge, UK (2018-2022), analysing data from the CC75C study. She won the Emerging scholar Awards at the Ageing and Social Change Conferences (2019 and 2021) and successfully defended her thesis in May 2022. Her PhD research contributed to the derivation of a first longitudinal index of social wellbeing and a better understanding of the association between social health and the use of health and social care services in older age. Sarah also holds a BS in Medical Laboratory Sciences (2013) and a Master in Public Health with emphasis on Epidemiology and Biostatistics (2015) from the American University of Beirut, Lebanon. She coordinated the implementation of the first 10/66 dementia cohort study in Lebanon (2016-2017) and contributed to the dissemination of findings in peer-reviewed articles and local and international conference presentations. For a full list of publications and scientific presentations, please refer to Sarah’s CV.

Publications from Elements

Theses / dissertations

2022

  • Assaad, S., 2022. Care Needs, Social Wellbeing, and Health and Social Services Use in Older Age
  • Journal articles

    2021

  • Choucair, K., El Sawda, J., Assaad, S., El Chakhtoura, NG., Hassouna, H., Sidani, N., Yasmin, M., Rteil, A., Kanj, SS. and Kanafani, ZA., 2021. Knowledge, Perception, Attitudes and Behavior on Influenza Immunization and the Determinants of Vaccination. J Epidemiol Glob Health, v. 11
    Doi: http://doi.org/10.2991/jegh.k.200906.001
  • 2020

  • Fakhri, G., Assaad, S. and Chaaya, M., 2020. Hypertension prevalence and control among community-dwelling lebanese older adults. J Clin Hypertens (Greenwich), v. 22
    Doi: http://doi.org/10.1111/jch.13995
  • 2018

  • Darwish, H., Farran, N., Assaad, S. and Chaaya, M., 2018. Cognitive Reserve Factors in a Developing Country: Education and Occupational Attainment Lower the Risk of Dementia in a Sample of Lebanese Older Adults Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience,
    Doi: http://doi.org/10.3389/fnagi.2018.00277
  • Assaad, S., Anouti, S., Naja, F., Nasreddine, L., Hwalla, N. and Sibai, AM., 2018. Adolescents' self-perceived and actual weight: Which plays a dominant role in weight loss behaviour in Lebanon? Child Care Health Dev, v. 44
    Doi: http://doi.org/10.1111/cch.12512
  • Al-Akl, NM., Karaan, EN., Al-Zein, MS. and Assaad, S., 2018. The landscape of urban cemeteries in Beirut: Perceptions and preferences Urban Forestry and Urban Greening, v. 33
    Doi: http://doi.org/10.1016/j.ufug.2018.04.011
  • Ziade, G., Semaan, S., Assaad, S. and Hamdan, AL., 2018. Age-related changes affecting the cricoarytenoid joint seen on computed tomography. Ear Nose Throat J, v. 97
    Doi: http://doi.org/10.1177/014556131809700821
  • Chaaya, M., Phung, K., Atweh, S., El Asmar, K., Karam, G., Khoury, RM., Ghandour, L., Ghusn, H., Assaad, S., Prince, M. and Waldemar, G., 2018. Socio-demographic and cardiovascular disease risk factors associated with dementia: Results of a cross-sectional study from Lebanon. Prev Med Rep, v. 9
    Doi: http://doi.org/10.1016/j.pmedr.2017.11.006
  • Elbejjani, M., Assaad, S. and Chaaya, M., 2018. P3‐576: DIFFERENCES IN URBAN‐RURAL PLACE OF BIRTH AND RESIDENCE AT OLDER AGE AND COGNITIVE FUNCTIONING IN LEBANESE OLDER ADULTS Alzheimer's & Dementia, v. 14
    Doi: 10.1016/j.jalz.2018.06.1942
  • Chaaya, M., Assaad, S., El Asmar, K., Darwich, H., Khoury, R., Saab, D., Karam, G. and Hajjar, R., 2018. O1‐05‐02: DEMENTIA INCIDENCE AMONG A COHORT OF LEBANESE OLDER ADULTS: FIRST INCIDENCE ESTIMATE FROM THE MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA Alzheimer's & Dementia, v. 14
    Doi: 10.1016/j.jalz.2018.06.2355
  • 2017

  • Bou Samra, P., El Tomb, P., Hosni, M., Kassem, A., Rizk, R., Shayya, S. and Assaad, S., 2017. Traffic congestion and blood pressure elevation: A comparative cross-sectional study in Lebanon. J Clin Hypertens (Greenwich), v. 19
    Doi: http://doi.org/10.1111/jch.13102
  • Ziade, G., Haddad, G., Assaad, S., Kasti, M. and Hamdan, A-L., 2017. Changes in abnormal muscle tension pattern after fiberoptic injection laryngoplasty. Ear Nose Throat J, v. 96
  • Chaaya, M., Phung, K., Atweh, S., El Asmar, K., Karam, G., Khoury, R., Ghandour, L., Ghusn, H., Assaad, S., Prince, M. and Waldemar, G., 2017. Dementia and family burden of care in Lebanon. BJPsych Int, v. 14
    Doi: http://doi.org/10.1192/s2056474000001574