M.C. Escher (1953) Relativity

I am a psychologist interested in how the lived environment can support health and well-being over the lifespan.

My general research interests are in Environmental Psychology, Gerontology and Cognitive Sciences. In my research, I investigate how our physical and social contexts influence ageing processes based on the person’s strengths and needs.

My work embraces Clark’s concept of Extended Cognition (Clark, 1998), according to which mental processes and behaviours are better understood if the individual is considered as a whole system with the surrounding environment. Thus, understanding the ways in which individuals interact with their environments is a key component of my research.

I have also conducted studies on environmental factors of behaviour with younger groups. I have employed both qualitative, quantitative and mixed-methods approaches.

My research builds on ecological models of person-environment interactions:

Recent work

Pedestrian Cork Survey 2020 – I recently completed a community-led survey of perceived walkability in Cork City and County (Ireland) with the community advocacy group Pedestrian Cork. The Pedestrian Cork Survey 2020 Report of main findings findings of the survey is available at: http://bit.ly/SurveyReport2020 

Academic Publications: See https://maricacassarino.blog/publications/

ResearchGate profile: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Marica_Cassarino