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History of the Academic Unit
The Academic Unit for Psychiatry of Old Age (AUPOA) at the University of Melbourne, was established in 1989 at two sites: Mont Park Hospital under the leadership of Professor Edmond Chiu, AM, who at that stage was also the Director of the Aged Psychiatry Service, North Eastern Metropolitan Psychiatric Service (NEMPS), and at Royal Park Hospital (Parkville), under the leadership of Professor David Ames.
In 1995, the Mont Park AUPOA site moved together with the NEMPS to St. George's Hospital in Kew, and in 2001, became part of the St Vincent's Aged Mental Health Service.
In April 2005, after Professor Chiu's retirement, Professor Ames was appointed as head of the AUPOA. Both AUPOA sites were centralised at St George's Hospital in Kew following Professor Ames' appointment as director of the Academic Unit.
In July 2015, the AUPOA moved back to the Royal Park Campus (now Royal Melbourne Hospital), to become an integral part of the Aged Person's Mental Health Program (APMHP) at North Western Mental Health (NWMH) as part of Melbourne Health.
In 2010, a book outlining the history of the Department of Psychiatry as told through personal reminiscences of past and present staff was published. This book, entitled: "The Department of Psychiatry at the University of Melbourne 1964-2009 - Personal Reminiscences" is currently available through the Department of Psychiatry and AUPOA. Please contact Joy Preston for more information via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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CITE is a research group within the Academic Unit for Psychiatry of Old Age in the Department of Psychiatry, co-led by A/Prof Alex Bahar-Fuchs and Dr Amit Lampit. We develop, evaluate, implement and study the mechanisms of cognition-oriented treatments across the lifespan and brain disorders.
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Some specific questions underlying our group’s research include:
- How can cognitive treatments best support cognition and function in healthy people and those with cognitive impairments?
- 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?
- 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?
Projects conducted in our lab are multidisciplinary and involve a range of methodologies. We have extensive collaborations with researchers in Melbourne, as well as nationally and internationally. Our projects tend to fall into three broad research themes:
- Optimising intervention design (including with emerging technologies)
- Optimising trial design, implementation, and reporting
- Optimising evidence synthesis methods
A/Prof Alex Bahar-Fuchs (co-leader)
I am a researcher and clinician specializing in the field of cognitive ageing. My early work furthered our understanding of olfactory cognitive processes and their relevance to the early detection of Alzheimer’s disease.
More recently, my research interests have broadened and include the development, evaluation and synthesis of non-pharmacological interventions aimed at primary and secondary prevention of cognitive decline and dementia, often using emerging technologies.. I obtained my BA in Psychology, Sociology and Anthropology from Ben-Gurion University in Israel, and completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology here at the University of Melbourne. I then completed a PhD in clinical neuropsychology at Monash University along with all requirements of an MA in clinical neuropsychology. I completed postdoctoral training at the Centre for Research on Ageing, Health, and Wellbeing at the Australian National University. Between July 2014 and December 2016, I was based at the Joseph Sagol Centre for Neuroscience at Sheba Medical Centre, Israel, as part of an NHMRC Overseas-Based Clinical Early Career Fellowship. In 2017, I was awarded a Boosting Dementia Research Leadership Fellowship from the National Health and Medical Research Council. I am a founding member and Chair of CIDER - an International Working Group, focused on the advancement of methodological quality of cognition-focused intervention trials for people at risk of dementia. I am also the Chair (2016-2019) of the Non-Pharmacological Interventions Professional Interest Area (PIA) of the International Society for the Advancement of Alzheimer's Research and Treatment (ISTAART).
Dr Amit Lampit (co-leader)
I am a CR Roper Senior Research Fellow and clinical neuroscientist specialising in cognitive training across the lifespan and brain disorders, clinical trials and research synthesis. Since completing my PhD at the University of Sydney (2014) I published >50 peer-reviewed papers, many in leading journals such as PLOS Medicin e, the American Journal of Psychiatry and Neurology, cited >2500 times (h-index 20), and awarded >$3.5 million in competitive funding as chief investigator.
I Previously held a NHMRC-ARC Dementia Research Development Fellowship (2016-2019) and joined the University of Melbourne in 2018 to co-found the CITE research group. I hold a dual position as Assistant Director (evidence synthesis) at the National Disability Insurance Agency, and am an affiliated researcher at the Biostatistics & Clinical Epidemiology node at the Methods and Implementation Support for Clinical and Health research Hub (MISCH). I previously held a dual position as senior research fellow at the Department of Neurology, Charité University Hospital Berlin (2017-2020).
Julieta Sabates (PhD student)
I am a PhD candidate at the Academic Unit for Psychiatry of Old Age at The University of Melbourne. Before moving to Australia, I completed a 6-year degree in Psychology at the University of Buenos Aires (UBA), and two postgraduate specialisation clinical degrees in Schizophrenia. I joined the Cognitive Interventions Technologies and Evaluations (CITE) Research Group in 2017 and realised while I was working as a research assistant that I wanted a career in academia. I started my PhD in 2019, where I am focusing on cognitive interventions for neuropsychiatric symptoms of people with young-onset dementia. My main research interests include psychosocial interventions, young-onset dementia, neuropsychiatric symptoms, psychotic disorders and severe mental-illnesses in general.
Leila Nategh (PhD student)
I am a PhD student with CITE and hold an International PhD Scholarship from the University of Melbourne. I have a master's degree in Cognitive Rehabilitation at Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran, Iran, where I compared the impact of two different cognitive interventions (memory or attention) in episodic memory of patients at the onset of Alzheimer's disease.
What I love the most is designing and implementing efficient cognitive rehabilitation protocols to save clinical resources while increasing participation of patients in cognitive training. My PhD thesis entitled “cognitive interventions: why, how, and where can be more effective?” opens up a world of opportunities for me to pursue this interest. I hope it brings benefits to patients, healthcare professionals, and communities as a whole.
Katharine Huynh (PhD student)
I am a PhD student at Monash University, supported by the Australian Government RTP Stipend Scholarship. I previously completed a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours Class I with University Medal) at the University of Sydney, and recently worked as a research assistant at Neuroscience Research Australia. I am interested in the use of neuroimaging biomarkers and non-pharmacological interventions in populations with cognitive impairment and dementia. My Honours thesis used neuroimaging techniques to characterise white matter hyperintensities in patients with frontotemporal dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. My PhD project will focus on the effects of cognitive training on clinical outcomes and brain networks in Huntington’s disease.
Katrina Luzinat (research assistant)
I am currently studying a Master of Psychology (Clinical Neuropsychology) at the University of Melbourne. My research for this program will focus on the effects of olfactory training in older adults with Mild Cognitive Impairment. Previously, I completed an Honours degree at Monash University and was involved in qualitative research exploring family experiences of paediatric acquired brain injury (ABI). My research interests include early detection of neurodegenerative conditions, the role of peer support in recovery from ABI and understanding psychogenic causes of neuropsychological impairment.
Marnie Drake (research assistant)
I am a 4th Year Honours Psychology student at the University of Melbourne. Previously, I graduated from the Australian National University with a focus on languages and linguistics. After graduating, I have worked as an English teacher in South Korea for the past year and decided to complete my undergraduate sequence in Psychology online whilst living abroad. Now that I am back home in Australia, I am enjoying focusing on my Honours thesis, where I am studying the effects of stereotypes on older adults’ perceptions of their memory performance. I am particularly interested in developmental neuropsychology across the lifespan, and I currently work as a support worker for children with disabilities.
Nathalie Launder (research assistant)
I am currently studying a Bachelor of Science in Psychology at the University of Melbourne. Prior to this, I studied biology and premedical coursework at New York University Abu Dhabi before relocating back to Melbourne and shifting my focus to psychology. My research interests include the development and evaluation of non-pharmacological interventions for the prevention and treatment of mental illness, as well as understanding the causes of neuropsychological impairment in mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) and the role of non-pharmacological interventions in neuropsychological rehabilitation from mTBI.
Courtney Chesser (research assistant)
I am currently working as a research assistant at the CITE research group. In my spare time I also volunteer for a mental health promotion and wellbeing foundation that focuses on supporting young people. In 2021 I completed my Honours degree in Psychology at Monash University, where my thesis focused on stroke and young onset neurocognitive disorder populations. My honours project explored whether factors such as age, cognitive impairment, or computer skills influence performance across telehealth and in-person administration of neuropsychology assessments. My broad research interests include neurocognitive disorders, older adults and the impact of cognitive decline in these populations.
Eve Millington (research assistant)
I am currently completing my Master of Psychology (Clinical) in Melbourne and working as a research assistant at the CITE research group. My masters thesis completed in 2021 investigated the relationship between hoarding disorder and grief. In 2017 I completed my Bachelor of Science in Psychology (Honours) with my thesis focusing on extreme music and emotion regulation. I enjoy involvement in both clinical work and research.
Dr Anna Wolf (postdoctoral fellow)
Dr Mary Castellani (research assistant)
Ruth Minkov (research assistant)
Christopher Dong (Honours student)
Benjamin Hodge (Honours student)
Hilary Farmer (Honours student)
Viviana Sastre Gomez (MC-BMEDSC student)
Lampit A, Malmberg Gavelin H, Sabates J, Launder NH, Hallock H, Finke C, Krohn S, Peeters G. Computerized Cognitive Training in Cognitively Healthy Older Adults: A Systematic Review and Network Meta-Analysis. doi: 10.1101/2020.10.07.20208306
Launder NH, Minkov M, Davey CG, Finke C, Gavelin HM, Lampit A. Computerized Cognitive Training in People with Depression: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis of Randomized Clinical Trials. doi: 10.1101/2021.03.23.21254003
Brijnath B, Croy S, Sabates J, Thodis A, Ellis S, de Crespigny F, Moxey A, Day R, Dobson A, Elliott C, Etherington C, Geronimo MA, Hlis D, Lampit A, Low L-F, Straiton N, Temple J. Including ethnic minorities in dementia research: Recommendations from a scoping review. Alzheimer's & Dementia: Translational Research & Clinical Interventions
Day S, Roberts S, Launder NH, Goh AMY, Draper B, Bahar-Fuchs A, Loi SM, Laver K, Withall A, Cations M. Age of Symptom Onset and Longitudinal Course of Sporadic Alzheimer's Disease, Frontotemporal Dementia, and Vascular Dementia: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Journal of Alzheimer's Disease doi: 10.3233/JAD-215360
Huynh K, Nategh L, Jamadar S, Georgiou-Karistianis N, Lampit A. Cognition-oriented treatments and physical exercise on cognitive function in Huntington’s disease: Protocol for systematic review. Physical Therapy Reviews doi: 10.1080/10833196.2021.1976019
Gavelin HM, Domellöf ME, Åström E, Nelson A, Launder NH, Stigsdotter Neely A, Lampit A. Cognitive Function in Clinical Burnout: a Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Work & Stress doi: 10.1080/02678373.2021.2002972
Peeters G, Black IL, Gomersall SR, Fritschi J, Sweeney A, de Oliveira YG, Panizzutti R, McEvoy CT, Lampit A. Behaviour change techniques in computerized cognitive training for cognitively healthy older adults: a systematic review. Neuropsychology Review
Webb S, Birney D, Loh V, Walker S, Lampit A, Bahar-Fuchs A. Cognition-oriented treatments for older adults: A systematic review of the influence of depression and self-efficacy individual differences factors. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation doi: 10.1080/09602011.2020.1869567
Woolf C, Lampit A, Shahnawaz Z, Sabates J, Norrie LM, Burke D, Naismith SL, Mowszowski L. A systematic review and meta-analysis of cognitive training in adults with Major Depressive Disorder. Neuropsychology Review doi: 10.1007/s11065-021-09487-3
Lampit A, Launder NH, Minkov R, Rollini A, Davey CG, Finke C, Lautenschlager NT, Malmberg Gavelin H (2022). Computerized Cognitive Training in People with Depression: A Protocol for a Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Systematic Reviews 11:6 . doi: 10.1186/s13643-021-01872-6
Bahar-Fuchs A, Mowszowski L, Lautenschlager NT, Cox K (2021). Cognitively oriented treatments in dementia. In L-F Low, K Laver (Eds.), Dementia Rehabilitation 15-34. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-12-818685-5.00002-7
Gavelin HM, Dong C, Minkov R, Bahar-Fuchs A, Ellis KA, Lautenschlager NT, Wade AT, Smith AE, Finke C, Krohn S, Lampit A (2021). Combined physical and cognitive training for older adults with and without cognitive impairment: A systematic review and network meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Ageing Research Reviews 66:101232. doi: 10.1016/j.arr.2020.101232
Gharakhanlou R, Wesselmann L, Rademacher A, Lampit A, Negaresh R, Kaviani M, Oberste M, Motl RW, Sandroff BM, Bansi J, Baker JS, Heesen C, Zimmer P, Javelle F (2021). Exercise training and cognitive performance in persons with multiple sclerosis: A systematic review and multilevel meta-analysis of clinical trials. Multiple Sclerosis Journal 27(13):1977-1993. doi: 10.1177/1352458520917935
Reyes A, Rankin T, Pulverenti T, Bartlett D, Georgiou-Karistianis N, Lampit A, Ziman M, Cruickshank T (2021). The effect of multidisciplinary therapy on dual task performance in preclinical Huntington’s disease: an exploratory study. Annals of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine 64(4):101421. doi: 10.1016/j.rehab.2020.06.006
Rumpf C, Proschinger S, Schenk A, Bloch W, Lampit A, Javelle F, Zimmer P (2021). The effect of acute physical exercise on NK-cell cytotoxicity: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Sports Medicine 51(3):519-530. doi: 10.1007/s40279-020-01402-9
Sabatés J, Belleville S, Castellani M, Dwolatsky T, Hampstead SM, Lampit A, Simon S, Anstey KJ, Goodenough B, Mancuso S, Marques D, Sinnott R, Bahar-Fuchs A (2021). CogTale: An Online Platform for the Evaluation, Synthesis and Dissemination of Evidence From Cognitive Interventions Studies. Systematic Reviews 10:236. doi: 10.1186/s13643-021-01787-2
Sikkes SA, […], Lampit A, Laver K, Lutz A, Lautenschlager NT, […], Bahar-Fuchs A (2021). Toward a theory‐based specification of non‐pharmacological treatments in aging and dementia: Focused reviews and methodological recommendations. Alzheimer's & Dementia 17(2):255-270. doi: 10.1002/alz.12188
Zimmer P, Javelle F, Lampit A (2021). Comment on: “Effects of Exercise Training Interventions on Executive Function in Older Adults: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis”. Sports Medicine 51(3):593-595. doi: 10.1007/s40279-020-01369-7
Bahar-Fuchs A, Barendse MEA, Bloom R, Ravona-Springer R, Heymann A, Dabush H, Bar L, Slater-Barkan S, Rassovsky Y, Schnaider Beeri M (2020). Computerized Cognitive Training for Older Adults at Higher Dementia Risk due to Diabetes: Findings From a Randomized Controlled Trial. The Journals of Gerontology: Series A 75(4):747-754. doi: 10.1093/gerona/glz073
Bahar‐Fuchs A, Martyr A, Goh AMY, Sabatés J, Clare L (2020). Cognitive training for people with mild to moderate dementia: A Cochrane Review. BJPsych Advances 26(2):66. doi: 10.1192/bja.2019.74
Bartlett DM, Dominguez J, Lazar A, Kordsachia C, Rankin T, Lo J, Govus A, Power B, Lampit A, Eastwood P, Ziman M, Cruickshank T (2020). Multidisciplinary Rehabilitation Reduces Hypothalamic Grey Matter Volume Loss in Individuals with Preclinical Huntington’s Disease: A Nine-Month Pilot Study. Journal of the Neurological Sciences 408:116522. doi: 10.1016/j.jns.2019.116522
Bartlett DM, Govus A, Rankin T, Lampit A, Feindel K, Poudel G, PhD, Teo WP, Lo J, Georgiou-Karistianis N, Ziman MR, Cruickshank TM (2020). The effects of multidisciplinary rehabilitation on neuroimaging, biological, cognitive and motor outcomes in individuals with premanifest Huntington’s disease. Journal of the Neurological Sciences 416:117022. doi: 10.1016/j.jns.2020.117022
Bartlett DM, Poudel G, Maddison KJ, Lampit A, Dann L, Eastwood PR, Lazar AS, Ziman MR, Cruickshank TM (2020). Effect of multidisciplinary rehabilitation on sleep outcomes in individuals with preclinical Huntington disease: An exploratory study. Annals of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine 63(6): 570-573. doi: 10.1016/j.rehab.2019.11.003
Eskilsson T, Fjellman-Wiklund A, Ek Malmer E, Stigsdotter Neely A, Malmberg Gavelin H, Slunga Järvholm L, Boraxbekk CJ, Nordin M (2020). Hopeful struggling for health: Experiences of participating in computerized cognitive training and aerobic training for persons with stress-related exhaustion disorder. Scandinavian Journal of Psychology 61(3):361-368. doi: 10.1111/sjop.12623
Gavelin HM, Domellöf M, Leung I, Stigsdotter Neely A, Finke C, Lampit A (2020). Computerized Cognitive Training in Parkinson’s Disease: A Protocol for a Systematic Review and Updated Meta-Analysis. BMJ Open 10:e040656. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2020-040656
Gavelin HM, Lampit A, Hallock H, Sabatés J, Bahar-Fuchs A (2020). Cognition-oriented treatments for older adults: A systematic overview of systematic reviews. Neuropsychology Review 30(2):167-193. doi: 10.1007/s11065-020-09434-8
Gavelin HM, Stigsdotter Neely A, Dunas T, Eskilsson T, Jarvholm LS, Boraxbekk CJ (2020). Mental fatigue in stress-related exhaustion disorder: Structural brain correlates, clinical characteristics and relations with cognitive functioning. NeuroImage: Clinical 27:102337. doi: 10.1016/j.nicl.2020.102337
Greaves D, Psaltis P, Davis D, Ross T, Ghezzi E, Lampit A, Smith A, Keage H (2020). Risk factors for delirium and cognitive decline following coronary artery bypass grafting surgery: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal of the American Heart Association 9(22):e017275. doi: 10.1161/JAHA.120.017275
Greaves D, Psaltis PJ, Lampit A, Davis D, Smith AE, Bourke A, Worthington MG, Valenzuela MJ, Keage HAD (2020). Computerised cognitive training to improve cognition including delirium following coronary artery bypass grafting surgery: protocol for a blinded randomised controlled trial. BMJ Open 10:e034551. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2019-034551
Hampstead BM, Bahar-Fuchs A (2020). Neurophysiological mechanisms and outcomes of nonpharmacologic interventions for neurological disease or injury: Introduction to special issue. International Journal of Psychophysiology 154:1-2. doi: 10.1016/j.ijpsycho.2020.02.010
Hill NTM, Robinson J, Pirkis J, Andriessen K, Krysinska K, Payne A, Boland A, Clarke A, Milner A, Witt K, Krohn S, Lampit A (2020). Association of suicidal behavior with exposure to suicide and suicide attempt: A systematic review and multilevel meta-analysis. PLOS Medicine 17(3): e1003074. doi: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1003074
Javelle F, Lampit A, Bloch W, Häussermann P, Johnson S, Zimmer P (2020). Effects of 5-hydroxytryptophan on distinct types of depression: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Nutrition Reviews 78(1):77-88. doi: 10.1093/nutrit/nuz039
Sanz-Simon S, Castelliani M, Belleville S, Dwolatzky T, Hampstead BM, Bahar-Fuchs A (2020). The Design, Evaluation and Reporting on Non-Pharmacological, Cognition-Oriented Treatments for Older Adults: Results of a Survey of Experts. Alzheimer’s & Dementia: Translational Research and Clinical Interventions 6(1):e12024. doi: 10.1002/trc2.12024
Vlisides PE, Keage HAD, Lampit A (2020). Can Cognitive Training Improve Perioperative Brain Health? Anesthesia & Analgesia 130(3):583-585. doi: 10.1213/ANE.0000000000004543
Babulal GM, Quiroz YT, Albensi BC, Arenaza-Urquijo E, Astell AJ, Babiloni C, Bahar-Fuchs A, 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):292-312. doi: 10.1016/j.jalz.2018.09.009
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 3(3):CD013069. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD013069.pub2
Eschke RCKR, Lampit A, Schenk A, Javelle F, Steindorf K, Diel P, Bloch W, Zimmer P (2019). Impact of physical exercise on growth and progression of cancer in rodents: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Frontiers in Oncology 9:35. doi: 10.3389/fonc.2019.00035
Hallock H, Lampit A, Kuchling J, Finke C (2019). Brain Rehabilitation Assessment and InterventioN (BRAIN): Delivering Efficacious Training at Home. In WG Wright, S Subramanian, G Fluet, M Agmon, RM Proffitt, M Roberts (Eds), International Conference on Virtual Rehabilitation (ICVR), July 2019. doi: 10.1109/ICVR46560.2019.8994748
Heffernan M, Andrews G, Fiatarone Singh M, Valenzuela M, Anstey K, Maeder A, McNeil J, Jorm L, Lautenschlager N, Sachdev P, Chau T, Ginige A, Hobbs M, Walton C, Lampit A, Kochan N, Mavros Y, Noble Y, Maintain Your Brain Collaborative Team, Henry Brodaty (2019). Maintain Your Brain: protocol of a 3-year randomised controlled trial of an individualised multi-modal eHealth intervention to prevent cognitive decline and incident dementia amongst community dwelling 55-77 year olds. Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease 70(s1):S221-S237. doi: 10.3233/JAD-180572
Kudlicka A, Martyr A, Bahar‐Fuchs A, Woods B, Clare L (2019). Cognitive rehabilitation for people with mild to moderate dementia (protocol). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 8:CD013388. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD013388
Lampit A, Heine J, Finke C, Barnett MH, Valenzuela M, Wolf A, Leung I, Hill NTM (2019). Computerized Cognitive Training in Multiple Sclerosis: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair 33(9):695–706. doi: 10.1177/1545968319860490
Sturnieks DL, Menant J, Valenzuela M, Delbaere K, Sherrington C, Herbert RD, Lampit A, Broadhouse K, Turner J, Schoene D, Lord SR (2019). Effect of cognitive-only and cognitive-motor training on preventing falls in community-dwelling older people: protocol for the smart±step randomised controlled trial. BMJ Open 9(8):e029409. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2019-029409
Walton CC, Lampit A, Boulamatsis C, Hallock H, Barr P, Ginige JA, Brodaty H, Chau T, Heffernan M, Sachdev PS, Fiatarone Singh MA, Valenzuela M (2019). Design and Development of the Brain Training System for the Digital “Maintain Your Brain” Dementia Prevention Trial. JMIR Aging 2(1):e13135. doi: 10.2196/13135
Baker KS, Georgiou-Karistianis N, Lampit A, Valenzuela M, Gibson SJ, Giummarra MJ (2018). Computerised Training Improves Cognitive Performance in Chronic Pain: A Participant-Blinded Randomised Active-Controlled Trial with Remote Supervision. Pain 159:644-655. doi: 10.1097/j.pain.0000000000001150
Demetriou E, Lampit A, Quintana D, Naismith S, Song Y, Pye J, Hickie I, Guastella A (2018). Autism Spectrum Disorders: A meta-analysis of executive function. Molecular Psychiatry 23:1198-1204. doi: 10.1038/mp.2017.75
Doniger GM, Schnaider Beeri M, Bahar-Fuchs A, Gottlieb A, Tkachov A, Kenan H, Livny A, Bahat Y, Sharon H, Ben-Gal O, Cohen M, Zeilig G, Plotnik M (2018). Virtual reality-based cognitive-motor training for middle-aged adults at high Alzheimer's disease risk: A randomized controlled trial. Alzheimer's & Dementia: Translational Research & Clinical Interventions 4 118-129 [Open access]
Malmberg Gavelin H, Eskilsson T, Boraxbekk CJ, Josefsson M, Stigsdotter Neely A, Järvholm LS (2018). Rehabilitation for improved cognition in patients with stress-related exhaustion disorder: RECO – a randomized clinical trial. Stress 21(4):279-291 [Open access]
Webb SL, Loh V, Lampit A, Bateman J, Birney DP (2018). Meta-analysis of the effects of computerized cognitive training on executive functions: A cross-disciplinary taxonomy for classifying outcome cognitive factors. Neuropsychology Review 28:232-250. doi: 10.1007/s11065-018-9374-8
Bahar-Fuchs A, Webb SL, Bartsch L, Clare L, Rebok G, Cherbuin N, Anstey KJ (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):889-911 [Article]
Bloom R, Schnaider-Beeri M, Ravona R, Heymann A, Dabush H, Bar L, Slater S, Rassovsky Y, Bahar-Fuchs A (2017). Computerized cognitive training for older diabetic adults at risk of dementia: study protocol for a double-blind randomized controlled trial. Alzheimer’s & Dementia: Translational Research and Clinical Interventions 3(4):636-650 [Open access]
Cross N, Lampit A, Pye J, Grunstein R, Marshall N, Naismith SL (2017). Is obstructive sleep apnoea related to neuropsychological function in healthy older adults? A systematic review and meta-analysis. Neuropsychology Review 27:389-402. doi: 10.1007/s11065-017-9344-6
Eskilsson T, Slunga Järvholm L, Malmberg Gavelin H, Stigsdotter Neely A, Boraxbekk CJ (2017). Aerobic training for improved memory in patients with stress-related exhaustion: a randomized controlled trial. BMC Psychiatry 17(1):322 [Open access]
Hill N, Mowszowski L, Naismith S, Chadwick V, Valenzuela M, Lampit A (2017). Computerized Cognitive Training in Older Adults with Mild Cognitive Impairment or Dementia: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. The American Journal of Psychiatry 174:329-340. doi: 10.1176/appi.ajp.2016.16030360
Malmberg Gavelin H, Stigsdotter Neely A, Andersson M, Eskilsson T, Järvholm LS, Boraxbekk CJ (2017). Neural activation in stress-related exhaustion: Cross-sectional observations and interventional effects. Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging 269:17-25 [Article]
Masi A, Lampit A, DeMayo M, Glozier N, Hickie I, Guastella A (2017). A comprehensive systematic review and meta-analysis of pharmacological and dietary supplement interventions in pediatric autism: Moderators of treatment response and recommendations for future research. Psychological Medicine 47:1322-1344. doi: 10.1017/S0033291716003457
Stratton E, Lampit A, Choi I, Calvo RA, Harvey SB, Glozier N (2017). Effectiveness of eHealth interventions for reducing mental health conditions in employees: A systematic review and meta-analysis. PLoS One 12:e0189904. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0189904
Walton C, Naismith S, Lampit A, Mowszowski L, Lewis S (2017). Cognitive Training in Parkinson’s Disease: A Theoretical Perspective. Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair 31:207-216. doi: 10.1177/1545968316680489
Hallock H, Collins D, Lampit A, Deol K, Fleming J, Valenzuela M (2016). Cognitive Training for Post-Acute Traumatic Brain Injury: A Meta-Analysis. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 10:537. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2016.00537
Lampit A, Duffy S, Valenzuela M. (2016). Translating physical activity into a therapy for the mind: How does it work? In LC Lam & M Riba (Eds.), Physical Exercise Interventions for Mental Health (pp. 147-163). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. doi: 10.1017/CBO9781316157565.011
Mowszowski L, Lampit A, Walton C, Naismith SL (2016). Strategy-Based Cognitive Training for Improving Executive Functions in Older Adults: A Systematic Review. Neuropsychology Review, 26:252-270. doi: 10.1007/s11065-016-9329-x
Suo C, Fiatarone Singh M, Gates N, Wen W, Sachdev P, Brodaty H, Saigal N, Wilson G, Meiklejohn J, Singh N, Baune B, Baker M, Foroughi N, Wang Y, Mavros Y, Lampit A, Leung I, Valenzuela M (2016). Therapeutically Relevant Structural and Functional Mechanisms Triggered by Physical and Cognitive Exercise. Molecular Psychiatry 21:1633-1642. doi: 10.1038/mp.2016.19
Anstey KJ, Bahar-Fuchs A, Herath P, Kim S, Burns R, Rebok G, Cherbuin N (2015). Body Brain Life: a randomized controlled trial of an online dementia risk reduction intervention in middle-aged adults at risk of Alzheimer's disease. Alzheimer's & Dementia: Translational Research & Clinical Interventions 1(1):72-80 [Open access]
Barnett J, Bahar-Fuchs A, Cherbuin N, Herath P, Anstey K (2015). Interventions to prevent cognitive decline and dementia in adults without cognitive impairment: A systematic review. Journal of Prevention of Alzheimer's Disease 2(1):38-45 [Article]
Lampit A, Hallock H, Suo C., Naismith S, Brodaty H, Valenzuela M. (2015) Cognitive training-induced short-term functional and long-term structural plastic change is related to gains in global cognition in healthy older adults. Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience 7:14. doi: 10.3389/fnagi.2015.00014
Lampit A, Valenzuela M (2015). Pointing the FINGER at multimodal dementia prevention. The Lancet 386, 1625-6. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(15)00529-2
Lampit A, Valenzuela M, Gates N (2015). Computerized cognitive training is beneficial for older adults. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society 63:2610-2. doi: 10.1111/jgs.13825
Lampit A, Valenzuela M, Gates N (2015). Response to Dr. Edward Ratner et al. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society 63:2615. doi: 10.1111/jgs.3_13825
Leung I, Walton C, Hallock M, Lewis S, Valenzuela M, Lampit A (2015). Cognitive training in Parkinson’s disease: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Neurology 85:1843–1851. doi: 10.1212/WNL.0000000000002145
Masi A, Lampit A, Glozier N, Hickie I, Gustella A (2015). Predictors of placebo response in pharmaceutical and dietary supplement treatment trials in pediatric autism spectrum disorder: A meta-analysis. Translational Psychiatry 5:e640. doi: 10.1038/tp.2015.143
Ong K, Villemagne V, Bahar-Fuchs A, Reininger C, Putz B, Rohde B, Masters C, Rowe C (2015). Aβ Imaging with 18F-Florbetaben in Prodromal Alzheimer’s Disease: A Prospective Outcome Study. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry 86(4):431-6 [Article]
Anstey K, Bahar-Fuchs A, Sargent-Cox K. (2014). Longitudinal studies in clinical geropsychology. In Pachana NA & Laidlaw K (Eds). The Oxford Handbook of Clinical Geropsychology: International Perspectives (pp. 20-61). UK: Oxford University Press [Abstract]
Lampit A, Ebster C, Valenzuela M (2014). Multi-domain computerized cognitive training program improves performance of bookkeeping tasks: A matched-sampling, active-controlled trial. Frontiers in Psychology 5:794. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00794
Lampit A, Hallock H, Moss R, Kwok S, Kohn A, Lukjanunko M, Rosser M, Naismith S, Brodaty H, Valenzuela M. (2014). The timecourse of global cognitive gains from supervised computer-assisted cognitive training: A randomised, active-controlled trial in elderly with multiple risk factors. Journal of Prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease 1:33-9. doi: 10.14283/jpad.2014.18
Lampit A, Hallock H, Valenzuela M. (2014). Computerized cognitive training in cognitively healthy older adults: A systematic review and meta-analysis of effect modifiers. PLoS Medicine 11: e1001756. doi: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1001756
Anstey K, Bahar-Fuchs A, Cherbuin N, Herath M (2013). A 12-week multi-domain intervention versus active control to reduce risk of Alzheimer’s disease: Study protocol for a randomised controlled trial. Trials 14:60 [Open access]
Bahar-Fuchs A, Ong K, Villemagne V, Chetelat G, Lamb F, Woodward M, Rowe C (2013). Prediction of amyloid-β pathology in amnestic mild cognitive impairment with neuropsychological tests. Journal of Alzheimer's Disease 33(2):451-462 [Article]
Bahar-Fuchs, A, Woods RT, Clare, L (2013). Cognitive training and cognitive rehabilitation for mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease and vascular dementia. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 6:CD003260 [Open access]
Bahar-Fuchs, A, Woods RT, Clare, L (2013). Cognitive training and cognitive rehabilitation for persons with mild to moderate dementia of the Alzheimer's or vascular type: A review. Alzheimer’s Research & Therapy 5(4):35 [Open access]
Ong K, Villemagne V, Bahar-Fuchs A, Reininger C, Putz B, Rohde B, Masters C, Rowe C (2013). 18F-florbetaben Ab imaging in mild cognitive impairment. Alzheimer’s Research & Therapy 5:4 [Open access]
Bahar-Fuchs A, Moss S, Rowe C, Savage G (2011). Awareness of olfactory deficits in healthy ageing, amnestic mild cognitive impairment, and Alzheimer’s disease. International Psychogeriatrics 23(7):1097-1106 [Article]
Bahar-Fuchs A, Chételat G, Moss S, Pike K, Villemgne V, Masters C, Rowe C, Savage G (2010). Olfactory deficits and amyloid-β burden in Alzheimer's disease, mild cognitive impairment, and healthy aging: a PiB PET study. Journal of Alzheimer's Disease 22(4):1081-1087 [Article]
Bahar-Fuchs A, Moss S, Rowe C, Savage G (2010). Can I smell gas (or is it lilac)? Olfactory semantic deficits in Mild Cognitive Impairment and Alzheimer's disease. Chemosensory Perception 3(2):118-128 [Article]
Bahar-Fuchs A, Moss S, Rowe C, Savage G (2010). Olfactory performance in AD, aMCI, and healthy ageing: a unirhinal approach. Chemical Senses 35(9):855-862 [Open access]
Ponsford J, Hill B, Karamitsios M, Bahar-Fuchs A (2008). Factors influencing outcome after orthopedic trauma. The Journal of Trauma: Injury, Infection, and Critical Care 64(4):1001-1009 [Article]
Ponsford J, Whelan R, Bahar-Fuchs A (2007) Alcohol and Drug Use Following Traumatic Brain Injury: A Prospective Study. Brain Injury 21(13-14):1385-1392 [Article]
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Synthesising, dismantling and optimising cognitive interventions (multiple positions)
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Two Jerusalem-Melbourne Joint PhD positions are available to study cognitive training for the treatment of late life depression