Felicia’s principal research interest is well-being across the life course. Her work is unusual in that it brings together traditional approaches from cognitive psychology and neuropsychology with a population perspective derived from epidemiology. Working with outstanding colleagues in cognate disciplines (biomedical science, genetics, psychometrics, social science, economics and engineering) she has been able to integrate her work on both well-being and positive ageing with an understanding of underlying physiological mechanisms, gene-environment interactions, and the role of the social context.
Felicia is involved in major population studies including the NIA-funded English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA). She was PI on a project to investigate the life-course antecedents of mid-life flourishing, which involves analysing data from of the longest-running British birth cohort study – a representative sample of those born in 1946 (http://www.nshd.mrc.ac.uk/).
Practical applications of the research include: