Neuropsychology, Ageing, and Huntington's Disease

Research Overview

Dr Goh is a clinician researcher, and as a neuropsychologist, her work focuses on cognitive health, mental health and well-being, and quality of life in ageing. Anita specialises in improving outcomes for people living with dementia and their family, including via interventions, improved awareness and diagnostic tools, and by investigating care delivery models. She is committed to knowledge translation and engagement with those that will benefit most from her work- older people and those who are at risk for or living with dementia or mental health issues. Anita has won awards for her research and has diverse knowledge in cognitive assessment, dementia prevention and care, mental health, psychosocial issues such as discrimination, and in the implementation of research.

Huntington's Disease Research: At the University, Dr Anita Goh is active in conducting national and international research into improving the quality of life of families affected by HD. Anita's HD research aims to:

*Further the knowledge and understanding of Huntington’s Disease
*Give the HD community opportunities to participate in local and international research

Neuropsychiatry, where Dr Goh works, conducts a range of research projects with volunteers with HD, including: observational studies on the symptomatic changes, nature, and progression of HD, trials of new investigational drugs, and research on the psychological and social impacts of HD. Our group aims to support the HD community through research and knowledge translation, and through a focus on personal communication and a genuine interest in families with HD.

For HD research-related enquiries contact Joy Preston via email

The Enroll-HD Study: We are recruiting for participants for the Enroll-HD study (2021).

Enroll-HD is a worldwide observational study for Huntington’s disease families. The aim of Enroll-HD is to closely track how HD emerges and changes over time, rather than test a specific treatment. Visits take place once-yearly at the Royal Melbourne Hospital in Parkville, Melbourne, and take about 90 minutes. We ask questions about your history and health, complete some memory and thinking tasks, and a blood test. For more detailed information, please click here (link to

For further information, or to enquire about participating in Enroll-HD, please contact Joy Preston via email


  • Dr Joanna Neath, Enroll-HD researcher and Senior Clinical Neuropsychologist
  • Joy Preston, Administrative Assistant
  • Liam Borelli-Millot, Honours student
  • Ellen  Gaffy, GR Student
  • Natasha Krishnadas, GR Student
  • Wei Hsuan (Michelle) Chiu, GR Student

Research Opportunities

This research project is available to PhD students, Honours students to join as part of their thesis.
Please contact the Research Group Leader to discuss your options.

Research Publications

TOP 5 publications

Goh A, You E, Perin S, Lautenschlager N, Clay F.J, Loi S, Chong T, Ames D,  Chiu E, & Ellis K. (2020). Alcohol use, mental health, and functional capacity as predictors of workplace disability in a manifest Huntington's disease cohort. Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences. Published Online:27 Feb 2020 PubMed

Polacsek M, Goh A#, Malta S, et al. ‘I know they are not trained in dementia’: Addressing the need for specialist dementia training for home care workers. (2020) Health Soc Care Community, 28, 475–484. #Corresponding/senior author. PubMed

Loi S, Goh A, Walterfang M, & Velakoulis D. (2020). Clinical application of findings from longitudinal studies of younger-onset dementia: rapid review and recommendations. Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences. Published Online:13 May 2020) PubMed

Bahar‐Fuchs  A, Martyr A, Goh  AMY, Sabates  J, Clare L (2019). Cognitive training for people with mild to moderate dementia. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Issue 3. Art. No.: CD013069. PubMed

Goh A, You E, Perin S, Clay F, Loi S, Ellis K, Ames D, & Lautenschlager N. (2018). Predictors of workplace disability in a premanifest Huntington's disease cohort. The Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, 30(2), 115-121. PubMed

Research Projects

This Research Group doesn't currently have any projects

Faculty Research Themes


School Research Themes

Neuroscience & Psychiatry

Key Contact

For further information about this research, please contact Dr Anita Goh

Department / Centre

Psychiatry , Melbourne Neuropsychiatry Centre

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