Dr Panagiota Kontari

PhD Student
MSc Health Psychology | BSc (Hons) Psychology


I am currently a PhD Candidate in Psychology at the University of Surrey exploring the role of depressive symptoms and cardiometabolic risk factors as predictors of dementia using data from three longitudinal cohort studies. I graduated with a Psychology BSc (Hons) from the University of Athens in 2016 and I completed an MSc in Health Psychology at the University of Surrey in 2017. 

My qualifications

Sept 2011 - May 2016
BSc (Hons) Psychology, First Class
University of Athens
Sept 2016 - Sept 2017
MSc Health Psychology, Distinction
University of Surrey

Affiliations and memberships

British Psychological Society
Graduate Member
Diabetes UK


Research interests


Journal Articles

Economou, A., Varlokosta, S., Kontari, P., & Papageorgiou, S. G. (2021). The nonverbal BriefScreen: A cognitive screening method for patients with limited language and motor abilities. Applied Neuropsychology: Adult, 1-8. https://doi.org/10.1080/23279095.2021.1920414

Smith, K. J., Gavey, S., RIddell, N. E., Kontari, P., & Victor, C. (2020). The association between loneliness, social isolation and inflammation: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, 112, 519-541. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neubiorev.2020.02.002

Kontari P., Smith K.J. (2019). Risk of dementia associated with cardiometabolic dysregulation and depression: A longitudinal cohort study using the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry 34(2): 289-298.https://doi.org/10.1002/gps.5019

Conference Presentations

Kontari, P., Fife-Schaw, C., Thompson, H., Schmitz, N., Smith, K.J. Pre-diabetes, diabetes and depression as risk factors for dementia. Diabetes UK Professional Conference (DUKPC) 14-16/3/2018 – London, UK https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/dme.5_13570

Beratis, I.N., Stanitsa, E., Kontaxopoulou, D., Fragkiadaki, S., Kontari, P., Pavlou, D., Papantoniou, P., Economou, A. Yannis, G., Papageorgiou, S.G. The value of Mini Mental State Examination (MMSE) and Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA) in the prediction of fitness to drive in patients with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) and mild Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Transportation Research Board (TRB) 97th Annual Meeting, 7-11/1/2018 - Washington, D.C. https://trid.trb.org/view/1495160 

Kontari, P., Economou, A., Beratis, I.N., Kontaxopoulou, D., Fragkiadaki, S., Varlokosta, S., Papageorgiou, S.G. Comparison of a non-linguistic screening test, Nonverbal Cogscreen, with the MMSE in patients with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and cognitively intact individuals. 14th International Athens/Springfield Symposium on Advances in Alzheimer Therapy (AAT), 9-12/3/2016 - Athens, Greece DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.10730.77768