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Dr Ali Tomlin

Senior Lecturer in Psychology

I am a chartered psychologist, and a senior lecturer in the School of Psychology at the University of Bedfordshire. I have previously worked as a research fellow in diabetes, also at the University of Bedfordshire.

In 2012 I gained my PhD, which investigated the links between self-care ability and cognitive change in older people with Type 2 diabetes.

Previously, I taught biological psychology at the Open University for three years, worked for several years as a press officer for an engineering company, and spent 2 years as a tissue culturist in Cambridge.

My research interests now include healthy ageing, resilience, self-management of chronic conditions, and the barriers to and benefits of exercise in those who are older, and/or unwell.


  • PhD in the Neuropsychology of Diabetes, University of Bedfordshire
  • MSc Neuroscience, Institute of Psychiatry
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology, Middlesex University

Research Interests

  • Healthy ageing, resilience and behaviour change
  • Exercise and mental health
  • Coping with chronic health conditions
  • Dementia and social frailty

Recent Publications

  • Tomlin A, Sinclair A. The influence of cognition on self-management of type 2 diabetes in older people. Psychology Research and Behaviour Management (in press)
  • Asimakopoulou K, Tomlin A. Supporting behaviour change in older people with type 2 diabetes. British Journal of Community Nursing 2014; 19: 22-27.
  • Asimakopoulou K, Tomlin A, Sinclair A. Cognitive function and self-care in type 2 diabetes. Diabetes and Primary Care 2008; 10:70-82.

Contact Details

Room A218
Luton campus
University Square
Luton, LU1 3JU 


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