I am a Senior Lecturer in Psychology. My work primarily relates to cognitive change in late-life and dementia, vascular neuropsychology, the concept of cognitive reserve (individual differences in the ability to withstand damage to the brain), and fundamental processes such as repetition suppression and neurovascular coupling.
I am a Senior Lecturer in Psychology. My work investigates the neural mechanisms that control spatial attention in the healthy brain, and how these mechanisms are altered after brain damage. The long-term goal of my research is to develop effective treatments of attentional disorders such as spatial neglect.
I work across a wide variety of areas including electroencephalography (EEG), transcranial Doppler ultrasonography (TCD) and behavioural studies. My main research focus is on sleep disorders in children, the associated effects on health and cognition and improving modes of treatment. I have a background in polysomnography and physiology.
I am a Senior Lecturer in Psychology and a clinical psychologist. My research focuses on reducing the incidence and impact of cancer. I am is particularly interested in understanding cancer-related cognitive impairment and developing ways to reduce the problems in memory, attention and executive functioning experienced by many cancer survivors.
I am a Research Fellow in the UniSA Alliance for Research in Exercise, Nutrition and Activity (ARENA) research group in the School of Health Sciences and a CAIN affiliate. As an early career neurophysiologist my research vision is to reduce age-related disability in older adults through applying novel sustainable and enjoyable interventions and exploring the nexus between physical activity, brain function, and cognitive health. I have a strong interdisciplinary track record spanning the fields of neurophysiology, exercise physiology, and cognitive neuroscience. I am currently investigating the role of physical activity for brain health in older adults at risk of dementia.
I am a Postdoctoral fellow currently working out of both Uni SA and Flinders University. My research interests include the lateralisation of attention, approach/avoidance motivational systems and linked-gaze paradigms. I am also very interested in psychological science as a whole, specifically, how psychological research might improve the replicability and reproducability of findings within the field, via changes in methodological and analytical procedures.
I am investigating outcome prediction in stroke. Specifically, I am exploring the efficacy of resting-state electroencephalography (EEG) in stroke prognosis across a range of cognitive, functional and psychological domains that are commonly affected by stroke and often associated with poor outcomes in stroke survivors. I will be comparing this data with accuracy of clinician prognosis to create a model that best predicts these outcomes up to 12 months post-stroke.
Supervisors: Dr Tobias Loetscher and Dr Hannah Keage
My research centres around the association between spatial attention and fatigue in the healthy brain. Specifically, I will be investigating the neural mechanisms that lead to a shift in spatial attention as a result of mental fatigue and under which conditions this shift is evident, through employing prolonged cognitive tasks and conducting sleep restriction studies. I will also use electroencephalography (EEG) to measure alpha band activity as an index of mental fatigue and eye tracking devices to measure the direction of eye movement.
Supervisors: Dr Tobias Loetscher, Dr Siobhan Banks and Dr Hannah Keage
I am interested in how our visual systems are influenced by what we have recently seen, and what we expect to see in the future. My research focuses on how repeated exposure to the same face or object can alter the response properties of neurons that encode these stimuli (known as stimulus-specific adaptation or repetition suppression). I am also investigating the automatic predictions that we make about our visual environment and how these predictions are expressed in electrophysiological recordings. I use a variety of techniques including event-related potentials, fast periodic visual stimulation and multivariate pattern classification.
Supervisors: Dr Hannah Keage and Dr Owen Churches (Flinders University)
I have a broad interest in cognitive ageing and factors that help people maintain their cognitive functioning in later life. In particular, I am investigating cognitive reserve in older people, and how this operates in the brain. I use various brain imaging techniques, including electroencephalography (EEG) and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI).
Supervisors: Dr Hannah Keage and Dr Owen Churches (Flinders University)
I have a broad interest in how we change both cognitively and physiologically throughout ageing. My research investigates how we could decrease future dementia risk in older adults undergoing elective cardiovascular surgery. Specifically I will be using cognitive training regimes to attempt to minimise the cognitive deficits caused by post-operative delirium (occurring in up to 50% of patients), as delirium greatly increases future dementia risk.
Supervisors: Dr Hannah Keage and Dr Ashleigh Smith
Over 12,000 patients undergo cardiovascular surgery in Australia every year, with older patients increasingly undergoing these procedures. There is limited current evidence suggesting that these patients are more vulnerable to cognitive decline. My research investigates the short and long-term cognitive effects of cardiovascular surgeries in the older population, and what biomarkers (olfaction, gait speed, rate of eye-blinking and electroencephalogram/EEG power spectrum) predict response.
Supervisors: Dr Hannah Keage and Dr Tobias Loetscher
I am interested in the link between nutrition and successful cognitive ageing. My research focuses on the Mediterranean diet, and its potential to improve cardiovascular health, protect cognitive function and reduce risk of dementia. To assess changes in cardiometabolic and cognitive function following adherence to a Mediterranean diet I will be conducting three randomised clinical dietary intervention trials at the Sansom Institute for Health Research, collaborating with CAIN and the UniSA Alliance for Research in Exercise, Nutrition and Activity (ARENA).
Supervisors: Dr Karen Murphy and Dr Hannah Keage.
Honours Students 2017
I am investigating the effects of physical fatigue on spatial attention. Past research has shown that mental fatigue results in a rightward shift in spatial attention. Thus, we have hypothesised that physically induced fatigue will produce the same rightward shift in spatial attention, and therefore one will neglect their left field of attention.
Supervisors: Dr Tobias Loetscher and A/Prof Gaynor Parfitt (School of Health Sciences)
I am investigating the role of depressive disorders and other psychosocial factors in the aetiology of Cardiovascular Disease. I am interested in how psychological and biological systems interact and effect health. I am conducting this research at SAHMRI with the assistance of Dr. Hannah Keage.
Supervisors: Dr. Hannah Keage, Prof. Stephen Nicholls and Dr. Alex Brown
I am examining associations between cerebrovascular function and cognitive performance in people with Parkinson’s disease. Previous research has indicated that non-motor symptoms in Parkinson’s disease including cognitive impairment can have a greater impact on quality of life than the more commonly known motor symptoms. I am interested in learning about mechanisms that lead to cognitive impairment and dementia in Parkinson’s disease.
Supervisor: Dr Hannah Keage in collaboration with Dr Lyndsey Collins-Praino (University of Adelaide).
Clinical Psychology Master Students
The focus of my research is to use a dual-task design to explore the influence of mental arithmetic on horizontal spatial attention in a healthy population. The outcome of this research will increase our understanding of the domain by contrasting theoretical concepts, numerical processing and cognitive load. In addition, this research will inform future clinical research in the remediation of spatial deficits in clinically affected populations.
Supervisor: Dr Tobias Loetscher
I am working within Northern Mental Health to run a clinical trial pilot study with patients with early psychosis. I am running a computer-based Cognitive Remediation Therapy (CRT) program in small groups to assess changes in cognition post CRT. The study aims to assess the therapeutic effectiveness of computer-based CRT in a group setting to improve overall cost-efficiency in mental health services in the public sector.
Supervisors: Dr Tobias Loetscher, Dr Ryan Balzan (Flinders University) and Dr Dennis Liu (Northern Mental Health)
My research is looking at cancer-related cognitive impairment (CRCI) in a sample of haematological cancer patients who have had a bone marrow transplant. The study aims to determine the prevalence, predictors and course of self-reported CRCI in this patient group in order to provide better support and interventions to survivors.
Supervisor: Dr Amanda Hutchinson
Summer Scholars and Interns
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I’m an exchange student from the ETH Zurich, Switzerland, and I am doing an Internship with CAIN. I’m studying Health Science with a major in Human Movement Science. I am involved in a range of different projects, including investigations on the effects of physical fatigue on spatial attention and the effects of virtual reality exercise on memory.
Supervisor: Dr Tobias Loetscher
I am a third year Psychology and Neuroscience student at the University of Adelaide, and an intern for CAIN. I am currently working on a project that investigates the relationship between cerebral blood flow and cognitive function, in Parkinson’s disease patients.
I am a third year Psychology (Honours) (Cognitive Neuroscience) student at UniSA currently tutoring neuroanatomy and interning for CAIN. My passions are neuroanatomy, neurological disease and improving quality of life for those with impairments in these areas such as Parkinson's disease and Motor neurone disease. I will be the second reviewer in the systematic review for PhD student Danielle's project on reducing future dementia risk in older adults undergoing elective cardiovascular surgery
I have taken on a voluntary role within the lab to assist in CAIN laboratory projects, where I specifically use psychophysiological and cognitive measures to assess ageing processes and neurological impairment. I have a passion for clinical research and using science to help improve quality of life; volunteering within the CAIN lab allows me to be an active participant in this process.
In addition to this role I also work as a sleep scientist, both research and clinical, and I am currently studying a Masters in Public Health.
I have just graduated from a Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) at UniSA and am working as an intern with CAIN. I am currently investigating the dementia friendly environmental strategies of communities around the world.
I have just completed my Bachelor degree in Psychological Science (Cognitive Neuroscience) and are doing a vacation research scholarship with CAIN, in order to gain some research experience before starting Honours. The Project we are working on is examining the relationship between blood flow and memory function in people with Parkinson’s disease.
I am about to commence Honours in Psychology at UniSA and I am completing a Vacation Scholarship in order to improve my research skills. I am currently working on a project that is looking at Dementia-Friendly communities on behalf of the City of Unley Council. The aim of this project is to assist the City of Unley Council to develop and improve on strategies in order to meet the needs their ageing residents, particularly those with dementia.
I am a third year Psychology Honours student at UniSA and an intern for CAIN. I am currently investigating the relationship between blood flow in the brain and memory function of people with Parkinson's disease.