I graduated from the University of Leeds in 2006. I worked in Leeds as a Foundation Doctor on an Academic Foundation Programme in Psychiatry, and moved to Oxford in 2008 for post-graduate training in psychiatry on a combined clinical and academic training path. I was attracted to work in Newcastle by its reputation for clinical services for older people, track record in dementia research, and the opportunity to live near a cultural centre and some very beautiful countryside. I have been a consultant at NTW since 2016.
I am the Lead Consultant for Newcastle Memory Assessment and Management Service. We are a busy, multi-disciplinary team committed to providing a high-quality service for patients and their families.
I am the Tyne Base Unit Lead for Mental Health for Newcastle University/NTW and co-ordinate psychiatry teaching for third and fifth-year medical students in Newcastle and Gateshead. I am accredited as a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA, 2011) and am always keen to encourage students and junior doctors interested in pursuing careers in old age psychiatry, particularly in the North-East. I am a post-graduate trainer for Higher Trainees and Foundation Doctors.
I am an Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer at Newcastle University and actively support the NTW strategy to increase patient access to research. I have roles in commercial and non-commercial clinical trials in Dementia, funded by North-East and North-Cumbria Clinical Research Network and Newcastle University’s BRC Dementia Unit.
I am the Academic Consultant Advisor for the Royal College of Psychiatrists Old Age Faculty Specialty Advisory Committee, and a clinical advisor to the Care Quality Commission.
Topiwala A, Allan CL, Valkanova V, Zsoldos E, Filippini N, Sexton C, Mahmood A, Fooks P, Singh-Manoux A, Mackay CE, Kivimäki M, Ebmeier KP. Moderate alcohol consumption as risk factor for adverse brain outcomes and cognitive decline: longitudinal cohort study. BMJ, 2017, 6:357:j2353.
Allan CL, Sexton CE, Filippini N, Topiwala A, Mahmood A, Zsoldos E, Singh-Manoux A, Shipley MJ, Kivimaki M, Mackay CE, Ebmeier KP. Sub-threshold depressive symptoms and brain structure: A magnetic resonance imaging study within the Whitehall II cohort. Journal of Affective Disorders 2016, 204:219-225.
Allan CL, Zsoldos E, Filippini N, Sexton CE, Topiwala A, Valkanova V, Tabak A, Shipley MJ, Singh-Manoux A, Mackay CE, Ebmeier KP, Kivimäki M. Life-time hypertension as a predictor of brain structure in older adults: a cohort study with a 28-year follow up. British Journal of Psychiatry, 2015, 206:308-315.