Publications & Dissemination

Peer Reviewed Publications

Lee, N., Setti. A, & Cassarino, M. (in press) Gratitude as a predictor of pro-environmental behaviour? A survey investigation considering the role of environmental values and nature connectedness. Journal of Ecopsychology.

Cassarino, M., Shahab, S., & Biscaya, S. (2021). Envisioning happy places for all: a systematic review of the impact of transformations in the urban environment on the wellbeing of vulnerable groups. Sustainability, 13(14), 8086. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13148086

Cassarino, M., Robinson, K., Trépel, D., O’Shaughnessy, Í., Smalle, E., White, S., … & Galvin, R. (2021). Impact of assessment and intervention by a health and social care professional team in the emergency department on the quality, safety, and clinical effectiveness of care for older adults: A randomised controlled trial. PLoS medicine, 18(7), e1003711. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pmed.1003711

Shrestha, T., Di Blasi, Z., & Cassarino, M. (2021). Natural or Urban Campus Walks and Vitality in University Students: Exploratory Qualitative Findings from a Pilot Randomised Controlled Study. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18(4), 2003. doi:10.3390/ijerph18042003

Hirst, R. J., Cassarino, M., Kenny, R.A., Newell, F.N., & Setti, A. (2021) Urban and rural environments differentially shape multisensory perception in ageing, Aging, Neuropsychology, and Cognition, doi: 10.1080/13825585.2020.1859084

Cassarino, M.; Bantry-White, E.; Setti, A. Neighbourhood Environment and Cognitive Vulnerability—A Survey Investigation of Variations Across the Lifespan and Urbanity Levels. Sustainability 2020, 12, 7951. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12197951

Zoë Tieges, Alasdair M J Maclullich, Atul Anand, Claire Brookes, Marica Cassarino, Margaret O’connor, Damien Ryan, Thomas Saller, Rakesh C Arora, Yue Chang, Kathryn Agarwal, George Taffet, Terence Quinn, Susan D Shenkin, Rose Galvin (2020) Diagnostic accuracy of the 4AT for delirium detection in older adults: systematic review and meta-analysis, Age and Ageing, afaa224, https://doi.org/10.1093/ageing/afaa224

O’Meara, A.; Cassarino, M.; Bolger, A.; Setti, A. Virtual Reality Nature Exposure and Test Anxiety. Multimodal Technol. Interact. 2020, 4, 75. https://doi.org/10.3390/mti4040075

Cassarino, M., Quinn, R., Boland, F., Ward, M.E., et al (2020). Stakeholders’ perspectives on models of care in the emergency department and the introduction of health and social care professional teams: A qualitative analysis using World Cafés and Interviews. Health Expectations; 00: 1-9. 00: 1– 9. https://doi.org/10.1111/hex.13033

Cassarino M, Robinson K, Quinn R, Naddy B, O’Regan A, et al. (2019) Impact of early assessment and intervention by teams involving health and social care professionals in the emergency department: A systematic review. PLOS ONE 14(7): e0220709. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0220709

Cassarino M, Cronin Ú, Robinson K, et al. (2019) Implementing an allied health team intervention to improve the care of older adults in the emergency department: protocol for a process evaluation. BMJ Open 2019;9:e032645. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2019-032645

Leahy S, Cassarino M, O’ Connell MD, et al. Dynapaenic obesity and its association with health outcomes in older adult populations: protocol for a systematic review. BMJ Open 2019;9:e027728. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2018-027728

Cassarino, M.; Bantry-White, E.; Setti, A. Cognitive and Sensory Dimensions of Older People’s Preferences of Outdoor Spaces for Walking: A Survey Study in Ireland. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health2019, 16, 1340.

Cassarino, M., Maisto, M., Esposito, Y., Guerrero, D., Chan, J. S., Setti, A. (2019) Testing Attention Restoration in a Virtual Reality Driving Simulator. Frontiers in Psychology, 10, 250. https://www.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fpsyg.2019.00250

Cassarino, M., Robinson, K.,Quinn, R., et al (2018). Effectiveness of early assessment and intervention by interdisciplinary teams including health and social care professionals in the emergency department: protocol for a systematic review. BMJ Open, 8(7). http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2018-023464

Cassarino, M. & Murphy, G. (2018). Reducing Young Drivers’ Crash Risk: Are We There Yet? An Ecological System-Based Review of the Last Decade of Research. Transportation Research Part F: Psychology and Behaviour, 56, 54-73. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.trf.2018.04.003

Cassarino, M., O’Sullivan, V., Kenny, R.A., & Setti, A. (2018). Disabilities Moderate the Association Between Neighbourhood Urbanity and Cognitive Health: Results from the Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing. Disability and Health Journal, 11(3), 359-366. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.dhjo.2017.12.002.

Cassarino, M., & Setti, A. (2016). Complexity as Key to Designing Cognitive-Friendly Environments for Older People. Frontiers in Psychology, 7, 1329. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2016.01329

Cassarino, M., O’Sullivan, V., Kenny, R.A., & Setti, A. (2016). Environment and Cognitive Aging: A Cross-Sectional Study of Place of Residence and Cognitive Performance in the Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing. Neuropsychology, 30(5), 543-557. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/neu0000253

Cassarino, M., & Setti, A. (2015). Environment as ‘Brain Training’: A review of Geographical and Physical Environmental Influences on Cognitive Ageing. Ageing Research Reviews, 23, 167-182. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.arr.2015.06.003

Conference Contributions


Marica Cassarino, Eleanor Bantry-White, & Annalisa Setti (2019). Choosing a walk in nature or downtown? A mixed-methods study of Cognitive and Sensory Preferences of Outdoor Places in Older Age [Oral Presentation]. International Conference of Environmental Psychology, Plymouth, UK, 4/7-SEP-19.

Marica Cassarino, Rose A. Kenny & Annalisa Setti (2018). The Geographies of Cognitive Ageing: Neighbourhood distances from cities and cognitive variations in The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing [Poster presentation] Irish Gerontological Society 66th Annual and Scientific Meeting “Transforming Ageing Across Borders”, Cavan, Ireland, 27/29-SEP-18. Published on Age & Ageing (2018) 47 (suppl_5): v13-v60. https://doi.org/10.1093/ageing/afy140.50

Marica Cassarino, Rose A. Kenny, & Annalisa Setti (2017). Environmental Approaches to Cognitive Ageing: An Investigation of the Role of Population Density and Disability [Oral presentation]. Irish Gerontological Society 65th Jubilee Annual and Scientific Meeting “Changing Perspectives in Gerontology – the Next 65 Years”, Wexford, Ireland, 28/30-SEP-17. Published on Age & Ageing (2017) 46 (suppl_3): iii1-iii12. https://doi.org/10.1093/ageing/afx145.16

Annalisa Setti, Marica Cassarino, & Isabella C. Tuohy (2017). Exposure to Green does not Always Restore Attention in Older Adults [Poster presentation]. The 21st International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics World Congress, San Francisco, California, 23/27_JUL-17. Published on Innovation in Aging (2017) 1 (suppl_1): 328. https://doi.org/10.1093/geroni/igx004.1207

Marica Cassarino, Eleanor Bantry-White, Yu-Tzu Wu, Jason C. Chan, & Annalisa Setti (2017). Urban Space as “Brain Training” – A Mixed-Methods Investigation of How the Built Environment can Support Healthy Cognitive Ageing [Oral presentation]. Urban Space and the Body International Conference, Cork, Ireland, 09/10-JUN-17.

Marica Cassarino, & Annalisa Setti (2016). Physical Activity Modulates Geographical Variations in Cognitive Ageing: Results from The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing [Poster Presentation]. Irish Gerontological Society 64th Annual and Scientific Meeting “Developing Cultures of Excellence in Ageing and Exploring the Needs of Marginalised Groups”, Killarney, Ireland, 30-SEP-16 – 01-OCT-16. Published on Age & Ageing (2016) 45 (suppl 2): ii13-ii56. https://doi.org/10.1093/ageing/afw159.186

Eleanor Bantry-White, Annalisa Setti, Marica Cassarino, & Yu-Tzu Wu (2016). Quantifying Environmental Load on Cognition: A Pilot Study [Poster Presentation], The Gerontological Society of America’s 69th Annual Scientific Meeting, New Orleans, LA, 16/20-NOV-16. Published as supplement on The Gerontologist (2016), 52, 532-532. https://doi.org/10.1093/geront/gnw162.2151

Annalisa Setti & Marica Cassarino (2015). Sustainable Cognitive Ageing: What Role for the Physical and Social Environments [Oral Presentation], Connected Sustainability Workshop, 7th International ACM Conference on Communities and Technologies, Limerick, 28-JUN-15. (https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Annalisa_Setti/publication/279850140_Sustainable_Cognitive_Ageing_What_Role_for_the_Physical_and_Social_Environments/links/559bdb0e08ae0035df2334db.pdf)

Marica Cassarino, Rose Anne Kenny, & Annalisa Setti (2015). Urban Environments Benefit Cognitive Ageing: A Cross-Sectional Study of The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing Cohort [Poster Presentation], The International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics European Region Congress, “Unlocking the Demographic Dividend”, Dublin, Ireland, 23/26-APR-15.

Marica Cassarino, Vincent O’Sullivan, Rose Anne Kenny, Annalisa Setti (2014). Environmental Risk Factors for Cognitive Ageing: Geographical Location, Social Engagement and Lifestyle [Oral Presentation], Irish Gerontological Society 62nd Annual and Scientific Meeting, “Science for Healthy and Active Ageing”, Galway, Ireland, 09/11-OCT-14.

Invited Seminars

Marica Cassarino (2019). Is nature good for you? It depends (also) on your brain. School of Applied Psychology Invited Talk Series 2019-20, University College Cork, 21-OCT-19.

Marica Cassarino (2017). What’s so Risky About Young Drivers? Examining individual, social and environmental factors. School of Applied Psychology Invited Talk Series 2016-17, University College Cork, 02-OCT-17. https://tinyurl.com/ybxwear9

Marica Cassarino (2017). The Country Mouse and the City Mouse Grew Old: A tale of urbanisation and cognitive ageing. School of Applied Psychology Seminar Series 2017-18, University College Cork, 21-FEB-17.

Doctoral Dissertation


Marica Cassarino (2017). Urbanisation and Cognitive Ageing: An investigation of geographical variations in the cognitive health of older adults in Ireland. University College Cork. https://cora.ucc.ie/bitstream/handle/10468/4015/CassarinoM_PhD2017.pdf?sequence=2&isAllowed=y