Cognitive Interventions Technologies and Evaluation

Research Overview

I am a clinical neuropsychologist and senior research fellow and co-lead the CITE Research Group within the Department of Psychiatry (together with Dr Amit Lampit).  Our group includes clinicians, methodologists and students aiming to develop, evaluate and study the mechanisms of effective cognition-oriented treatments across the lifespan and brain disorders.

Our work combines clinical trials, advanced meta-analytical techniques, methods research and technology development to help us understand:

  • How can cognition-oriented treatments best support cognition and function in healthy people and those with cognitive impairments (including dementia)?
  • What are the biopsychosocial mechanisms that underpin cognitive treatment gains?
  • How can emerging technologies be used to optimise the benefits of cognitive treatments?
  • How to effectively combine cognitive and other evidence-based treatments (e.g., physical exercise and behaviour change) for best outcomes?
  • How can behaviour-change principles be best used to support cognition-oriented treatment approaches?
  • What are the most appropriate trial methodologies to advance research on cognitive interventions?
  • How can evidence synthesis methods be used to answer key clinical questions regarding the effects of cognitive treatments?
  • LINKS  
    www.cite.org.au
    www.cogtale.org
    www.cogfusion.net

Staff

Funding

  • National Health & Medical Research Council (2017-2022)
  • National Institute of Aging (NIA; 2021-2026)
  • Dementia Australia Research Foundation (2021-2023)
  • Dementia Centres for Research Collaboration (2021-2023)
  • Alzheimer’s Association (2021-2023)

Research Publications

TOP 5 publications

  1. Bahar-Fuchs, A., et al. (2013). Cognitive training and cognitive rehabilitation for mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease and vascular dementia. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Issue 6.
  2. Bahar-Fuchs et al. (2017).Tailored and adaptive computerised cognitive training in older adults at risk of dementia: A randomised controlled trial.Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease 60(3) PMID: 28922158.
  3. Babulal GM…. Bahar-Fuchs et al (2019). Perspectives on Ethnic and Racial Disparities in Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias: Update and Areas of Immediate Need. Alzheimer’s & Dementia 15(2): 292-319, PMID: 30555031
  4. Malmberg-Gavellin H, Lampit….& Bahar-Fuchs (2020). Cognition-oriented treatments for older adults: A systematic overview of systematic reviews. Neuropsychology Review 30. PMID: 32266520.
  5. Sikkes S, Tang Y….. & Bahar-Fuchs (2021). Toward a theory-based specification of nonpharmacological treatments in aging and dementia: Focused reviews and methodological recommendations. Alzheimer’s & Dementia 17(2), 255-270, PMID: 33215876

Research Projects

This Research Group doesn't currently have any projects



Faculty Research Themes

School Research Themes

Neuroscience & Psychiatry, Ageing



Key Contact

For further information about this research, please contact Dr Alex Bahar-Fuchs

Department / Centre

Psychiatry , Academic Unit for Psychiatry of Old Age

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