We caught up with Dr Jack Cotter, Clinical Science Team Lead at Cambridge Cognition, who gave us a sneak-peak of his upcoming presentation for the Wellbeing @ Work conference in London on 8 November.
How have your research experiences led you to investigate wellbeing at work?
Much of my previous work has explored the impact of cognitive problems and mental health difficulties on social and occupational functioning in young people, highlighting the independent contributions that each of these factors can have on our abilities to carry out day-to-day tasks and activities. In my current role, I have drawn upon this experience to consider how we can potentially use routine cognitive and mental health screening in the workplace in order to maximise employee wellbeing and productivity.
Can you tell us about your current role?
I currently lead the Clinical Science Team at Cambridge Cognition, a neuroscience digital health company developing products and services to better understand, detect and treat conditions affecting brain health. The team and I provide tools and support to major international research projects and healthcare providers seeking to accurately and objectively assess cognitive function.
What will you be discussing at your talk?
At the Wellbeing@Work conference in November, I will provide a brief overview of cognition and mental wellbeing, how these interact and why these are important in the workplace. I will also discuss ways in which these can be accurately assessed in the context of routine health screening. I will finish by considering how we can help individuals who exhibit cognitive difficulties to maximise their productivity and performance, and highlight why spotting mental health problems and intervening early is crucial to facilitate beneficial long-term outcomes for both the employee and employer.
Look out for Dr Cotter at the Wellbeing@Work Conference on 8th November where he will be presenting on Cognitive health, mental wellbeing and their importance in the workplace.
If you have any questions for Dr Cotter, or would like to arrange to meet at the conference, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.