Dr Magda Jordao

Research Fellow


ORCID: 0000-0003-2108-2677

Magda received her BA in Psychological Sciences and an Integrated Masters’ in Clinical Psychogerontology at the Faculty for Psychology and Education Sciences in the University of Coimbra, Portugal. In 2020, she completed a PhD in Neuropsychology, in which she focused on how spontaneous memories and future thoughts change with ageing. Previously, she did research on how to use physical action to improve memory in older people, collaborated with Third Age universities and worked as a clinical psychologist in primary care.

From 2019 to 2021, Magda worked in the Bradford Institute for Health Research and then in 2022 in the University of Leeds, supporting research focused on ageing. This included a systematic review with network meta-analysis on complex interventions to promote independence in older people, and a scoping review and qualitative work on how to support staff in care homes to provide better oral care to residents. Magda returned to the Bradford Institute for Health Research in 2023 to work on a project focused on dementia prevention and health inequalities


Magda is interested in cognitive ageing in healthy and pathological populations, and in applied research that aims to promote successful ageing and/or improve care in pathological ageing and neuropsychological impairment.


Jordão M, St. Jacques PL. Episodic-semantic interactions in spontaneous thought, Memory & Cognitio 2022, 50;641–654. https://doi.org/10.3758/s13421-021-01211-z

Crocker TF, Clegg A, Riley RD, Lam N, Bajpai R, Jordão M, Gladman JRF. Community-based complex interventions to sustain independence in older people, stratified by frailty: a protocol for a systematic review and network meta-analysis. BMJ Open 2021, 11(2), e045637. https://10.1136/bmjopen-2020-045637

Jordão M, Pinho MS, St. Jacques PL The effects of aging and an episodic specificity induction on spontaneous task-unrelated thought. PLOS ONE 2020,15(8): e0237340. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0237340

Jordão M, Pinho MS, St. Jacques PL. Inducing spontaneous future thoughts in younger and older adults by priming future-oriented personal goals. Psychological Research 2019, 83(4),710–726. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00426-019-01146-w

Jordão M, Ferreira-Santos F, Pinho MS, St. Jacques PL. Meta-analysis of aging effects in mind wandering: Methodological and sociodemographic factors. Psychology and Aging 2019, 34(4):531–544. https://doi.org/10.1037/pag0000356