Publications & Dissemination

Peer Reviewed Publications

Cassarino, M., Cronin, Ú., Robinson, K., Quinn, R., Boland, F., Ward, M.E., McNamara, R., O’Connor, M., McCarthy, G., Ryan, D., & Galvin, R. (2022) Development and delivery of an allied health team intervention for older adults in the emergency department: A process evaluation. PLoS ONE 17(5): e0269117.

Gorman, G., Hellebust, S., Venables, D., Ryan, K., & Cassarino, M. (2022) Preprint: Air Quality Forecasting and Public Health Warnings as a Tool to Promote Public Engagement with Air Quality Issues: A Survey Investigation of Citizens’ Attitudes and Preferences in Cork, Ireland. Available at SSRN: or

Lee, N., Setti. A, & Cassarino, M. (2022) Gratitude as a predictor of pro-environmental behaviour? A survey investigation considering the role of environmental values and nature connectedness. Journal of Ecopsychology, 2(2), 1-12.

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.

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.

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.

O’Brien, J., Mason, A., Cassarino, M., Chan, J., & Setti, A. (2021). Older Women’s Experiences of a Community-Led Walking Programme Using Activity Trackers. International journal of environmental research and public health, 18(18), 9818.

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, 29(2), 197-212.

Tieges, Z., Maclullich, A. M., Anand, A., Brookes, C., Cassarino, M., O’Connor, M., … & Galvin, R. (2021). Diagnostic accuracy of the 4AT for delirium detection in older adults: systematic review and meta-analysis. Age and ageing50(3), 733-743.,

Cassarino, M., Bantry-White, E., Setti, A. (2020) Neighbourhood Environment and Cognitive Vulnerability—A Survey Investigation of Variations Across the Lifespan and Urbanity Levels. Sustainability, 12, 7951.

O’Meara, A., Cassarino, M., Bolger, A., Setti, A. (2020) Virtual Reality Nature Exposure and Test Anxiety. Multimodal Technologies and Interaction, 4(4), 75.

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.

Cassarino, M., Robinson, K., Quinn, R., Naddy, B., O’Regan, A., Ryan, D., … & Galvin, R. (2019). Impact of early assessment and intervention by teams involving health and social care professionals in the emergency department: A systematic review. PLoS One14(7), e0220709.

Cassarino, M., Cronin, Ú., Robinson, K., Quinn, R., Boland, F., Ward, M. E., … & Galvin, R. (2019). Implementing an allied health team intervention to improve the care of older adults in the emergency department: protocol for a process evaluation. BMJ open9(7), e032645.

Leahy, S., Cassarino, M., O’Connell, M. D., Glynn, L., & Galvin, R. (2019). Dynapaenic obesity and its association with health outcomes in older adult populations: protocol for a systematic review. BMJ open9(5), e027728.

Cassarino, M., Bantry-White, E., & Setti, A. (2019). Cognitive and sensory dimensions of older people’s preferences of outdoor spaces for walking: A survey study in Ireland. International journal of environmental research and public health16(8), 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.

Cassarino, M., Tuohy, I. C., & Setti, A. (2019). Sometimes nature doesn’t work: Absence of attention restoration in older adults exposed to environmental scenes. Experimental Aging Research45(4), 372-385.

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).

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.

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.

Cassarino, M., & Setti, A. (2016). Complexity as Key to Designing Cognitive-Friendly Environments for Older People. Frontiers in Psychology, 7, 1329.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. (

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.

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.