Rachel Evans

School of Psychology
Doctoral Researcher

Contact details

School of Psychology
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Rachel Evans is undertaking doctoral research investigating the neural and cognitive predictors of post stroke cognitive decline. She is using neuroimaging, quantitative and qualitative methods to formulate a detailed cognitive profile for each stroke survivor and will conduct functional-lesion mapping, correlational analyses and structured interviews with primary carers to understand the natural history of recovery or decline post stroke. She has presented her research at Oxford University for the British Neuropsychological Society and at the International Hand, Brain and Technology conference in Zurich.


  • BSc Psychology: Durham University
  • MSc Brain Injury and Research: University of Birmingham


Rachel Evans has a solid background in finance and worked as an offshore consultant with Barclays. During this time she studied psychology at degree level at Durham University before undertaking a Masters in Brain Injury and Research at the University of Birmingham. Between her Masters and PhD she spent 2 years working as aa assistant neuropsychologist with brain injured patients. She currently works as a stroke research practitioner in the NHS in conjunction with her academic pursuits.

Doctoral research

PhD title
What predicts cognitive decline post stroke
Dr Pia Rotshtein and Dr Peter Hansen


Research interests

Cognitive decline post stroke

Other activities

Rachel Evans is a keen advocate for involving patients and the public in clinical trials and has recently established the annual BBC Stroke Research Awareness Conference which is hosted by various NHS Trusts in the West Midlands each year.  She is a keen sailor, enjoying both yachts and narrow boats. She recently bought a barge moored near the University of Birmingham and completes much of her academic work on board.


Evans RJ, Bickerton W-L, Lau KJ, Wulff M, Smith NJ, Worthington A, Grey A, Humphreys GW & Rotshtein P (2016). The neural and cognitive correlates of apraxia. Cortex (in progress)