Bethany Coad

Research group:
029 208 70365
CUBRIC, Maindy Road

Research summary

As part of the Wales integrative program in Neurodegeneration I am focused on using interdisciplinary approaches to further knowledge in the early detection of neurodegeneration, particularly focusing on dementia.

I use approaches from Social sciences, Neuropsychology and Neuroimaging to investigate Empathy. My work is focused on understanding the way in which networks of brain structures support our ability to understand the thoughts and feelings of other people. I am interested in how changes to these brain structures may lead to changes in empathic behavior in neurodegenerative disease particularly in Frontotemporal dementia. My work additionally looks at the impact that these changes have on families of individuals with Frontotemporal dementia and at the specific needs that arise within families due to empathy changes.

Teaching summary

Postgraduate Tutor- I lead tutorials for first year undergraduate students focused on statistics and practical report writing. I am responsible for marking undergraduate practical reports. I have sat as a representative on school of Psychology’s the teaching and learning committee.

Full list of publications



Economic and Social research Council

Research group


Wales Integrative Program in Neurodegeneration

Research collaborators

Professor Kim Graham

Undergraduate education

2007-2010: BSc Psychology, University of Exeter

Postgraduate education

2010-2011: MSc Psychological Research Methods, University of Exeter

Awards/external committees

2011: Psychological Research Methods Prize
2011: Deans Commendation for academic performance


2009-2010: Research Intern- Exeter Mood disorders centre
2011-2012: Research Assistant, Cardiff University
2012: Associate Research Fellow, Exeter University (Peninsular Medical School)
2012-2013: Research Assistant, Exeter University (Peninsular Medical School)