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.I also hold dual appointments at the Department of Neurology, Charité University Hospital Berlin and the Berlin School of Mind and Brain, Humboldt University. Previously I held a NHMRC-ARC Dementia Research Development Fellowship (2016-2019) as well as a research fellow position at the Brain and Mind Centre & School of Psychology, University of Sydney.
Dr 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 Hanna Malmberg Gavelin (postdoctoral fellow)
Hanna Malmberg Gavelin is a post doctoral fellow at the Cognitive Interventions Technologies and Evaluation Research Group at the Academic Unit for Psychiatry of Old Age. She completed her PhD in 2019 at Umeå University, Sweden. Her research has focused on how stress-related illness influences the brain and cognitive function, and how cognitive impairments can be treated in the context of stress rehabilitation. She is also a clinical psychologist with experience from working with older adults with cognitive decline and stress rehabilitation. She is currently working on research projects involving combined cognitive and physical training, as well as evidence synthesis in the field of cognition-oriented treatments for older adults.
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.
Kaori Mitsui (PhD student)
I’m a Ph.D. student (with degrees in psychology and gerontology, and years of experiences in helping clinical studies) currently working on my project, virtual reality based cognitive training for older adults. Besides my current project, my other interests are: mild cognitive impairment, physical exercise, successful aging, and so on. I enjoy chatting over a cup of coffee or two, watching sports games, and doing my walking exercise.
Ruth Minkov (research assistant)
I’m a current student of the Master of Psychology (Clinical Neuropsychology) program at the University of Melbourne. I worked as a research assistant before completing my undergraduate Honours degree at the University of New England. I subsequently relocated to Melbourne and completed a post-graduate certificate in International Business. I am passionate about contributing to the body of knowledge in neuropsychological research. My research interests include: neuropsychological assessment and intervention in ADHD; the role of sex and gender in the presentation and diagnosis of neuropsychological disorders; and understanding neuropsychological symptoms resulting from medications and physical illnesses.
Katrina Luzinat (MA student)
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.
Hilary Farmer (Honours student)
I am currently a student of the honours psychology program at the University of Melbourne. Previously to this I completed a Bachelor of Arts in geography and politics, followed by a graduate diploma in psychology. I am writing a thesis this year which investigates the influence of low mood on perceived memory performance in older adults with subjective memory complaints. I am also currently working as a disability support worker to complement my studies, and find my learning in the area of neuropsychology particularly interesting in better understanding my work with people, especially with autism spectrum disorder.
Nathalie Launder (intern)
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.
Dr Anna Wolf (postdoctoral fellow)
Dr Mary Castellani (research assistant)
Viviana Sastre Gomez (MC-BMEDSC student)
Christopher Dong (Honours student)
Benjamin Hodge (Honours student)