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Name Discipline Research interest
Dr Ananthan Ambikairajah Psychology Ageing, dementia, menopause and neuroimaging
Assoc Prof Rachel Bacon Nutrition and Dietetics Nutrition, aged care, digital health, palliative care and mental health
Assoc Prof Kasia Bail Nursing Nursing, gerontology, quality of care, aged care, dementia, cognitive impairment, functional decline and information systems
Dr Suzanne Carroll Public Health Epidemiology, physical activity, chronic disease, mental health and wellbeing
Dr Daniela Castro De Jong Occupational Therapy Ageism, arts and humanities for health and wellbeing, dementia and rehabilitation
Dr Dimity Crisp Psychology Mental health and social wellbeing
Prof Rachel Davey Public Health Preventive health, physical activity, chronic disease, health services and digital health
Dr Nathan D’Cunha Nutrition and Dietetics Dementia, carers, art therapy, bio-markers, nutrition and assistive technology
Dr Angie Fearon Physiotherapy Rehabilitation, healthy ageing, hip pain and patient reported outcome measures
Prof Jane Frost Nursing Aged care, dementia and assistive technology
Distinguished Prof Diane Gibson Ageing and social policy Aged care, dementia, health services, digital health and assistive technology
Dr Jo Gibson Nursing Nursing, palliative care, ageism and clinical leadership and followership
Ms Alicia Hind Nursing Nursing, aged care, sexuality and gender diversity

Dr Kam Chun (Terry) Ho


Evidence-based health care delivery, patient-centred outcomes, public health, vision and ageing research
Assoc Prof Stephen Isbel Occupational Therapy Assistive technology, dementia, rehabilitation, aged care and health services
Assoc Prof Jane Kellett Nutrition and Dietetics Nutrition, healthy ageing, palliative care, mental health and malnutrition
Assoc Prof Sam Kosari Pharmacy Aged care and pharmacy
Assoc Prof Tanya Lawlis Nutrition and Dietetics Nutrition, food security and social inequality
Mr Vincent Learnihan Public Health Spatial epidemiology, built/social environments, mental health and wellbeing
Dr Chandra Makanjee Medical imaging Health services and medical imaging
Assoc Prof Nenad Naumovski Nutrition and Dietetics Nutrition, bio-markers, healthy ageing trajectories and preventive health
Prof Mark NauntonPharmacyMedicine safety (national health priority), pharmacoeconomics, quality use of medicines, gender and ethnicity, physical activity and infectious disease
Dr James Neill Psychology Green space and nature-based activity, mental health and social wellbeing
Mrs Sylvia NilssonNursingGeneralist palliative care, curriculum development
Assoc Prof Holly Northam Nursing Health services, social justice in health care and end of life care
Dr Joe Northey Sports and Exercise Science Physical activity and neuro-cognition, exercise and the ageing brain

Prof Catherine Paterson


Nursing and cancer care

Prof Ben Rattray Exercise physiology Physical activity, cognition, brain and health ageing

Prof Michael Roche


Nursing, mental health nursing, nursing workforce, practice environment, skill mix, health services, routinely collected data
Dr Indira Samarawickrema Public health Cardiometabolic risk, arrhythmias, physical inactivity, intimate partner violence, cardiac, clinical and applied epidemiology, methodologies, analysis plans, data linkages, trials & interventions
Prof Jennie Scarvell Physiotherapy Rehabilitation, chronic disease and health services
Dr Sujatha (Suja) ShanmugasundaramNursingDementia, palliative care, end of life care, mixed methods, family caregivers, cultural issues, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities.
Assoc Prof Helen Southwood Speech Pathology Rehabilitation, neurological communication disorders including dementia
Dr Kellie Toohey Exercise physiology Exercise physiology, physical activity, survivorship, chronic disease, rehabilitation and prehabilitation
Ms Emily Wallis Nursing Nursing and aged care
Prof Jenny Weller-Newton Nursing Housing affordability (social determinant of health), consumer lived experience, reflective practice and workplace learning
NameDiscipline Research interest

Adjunct Prof Paresh Dawda


Primary care, chronic and complex care & multi-disciplinary care, digital health, leadership, value based healthcare and palliative care

Adjunct Assoc Prof John Goss


Health services, chronic disease and health economics


Name Project description
Miranda Batten Evaluation of Pharmacists in Residential Aged Care Facilities Service Model

Supervisors: Sam Kosari, Mark Naunton, Joanne Lewis

Amanda Bulman Development of a functional beverage containing L-theanine and the effects on sleep quality.

Supervisors: Nenad Naumovski and  Andrew McKune

Jacqui Couldrick Why Does GLA:D® work? A pilot study investigating the link between biomechanical factors and a successful outcome for movement retraining in people with knee osteoarthritis

Supervisors: Jennie Scarvell, Nick Brown,  Joseph Lynch (ANU), Paul Smith (ANU)

Ibrahim Haider Evaluate the effectiveness of a new collaborative aged care model involving an on-site residential care pharmacist (RCP) in a RACF setting

Supervisors: Sam Kosari, Mark Naunton and Rachel Davey

Peta Harbour Social group influences on self-management of chronic illness in the baby boomer generation

Supervisors: Kasia Bail, Diane Gibson and Mary-Ellen Hooper

Brittany Harriden The effects of processed food consumption on mental health and cognition in people living in retirement villages.

Supervisors: Nenad Naumovski, Jane Kellett, Stephen Isbel, Demosthenes Panagiotakos

Agnes Lai Adherence to Mediterranean diet and the association with food literacy among retirement village residents

Supervisors: Jane Kellett, Nenad Naumovski, Stephen Isbel and Nathan D’Cunha

Vincent Learnihan

Neighbourhood risk conditions for mental health and wellbeing: A case study of mid to older aged Australians.
Supervisors:  Yohannes Kinfu and Gavin Turrell

Elizabeth Low The influence of social isolation on diet quality in older persons living independently in the Australian Capital Territory – a mixed methods study.

Supervisors: Jane Kellett, Stephen Isbel and Rachel Bacon

Tricia O'Connor

The unresponsive dying patient: An exploration of clinical decision-making among nurses.
Supervisors: Catherine Paterson, Jo Gibson, Jo Lewis and Karen Strickland

Denika Silva Biomechanical effects after physiotherapy interventions and minimal clinically important change and difference in people with knee osteoarthritis.

Supervisors: Jennie Scarvell, Angie Fearon and Diana Perriman

Yushan Zou Interactive Textile Design for People Living with Dementia

Supervisors:  Eddi Pianca, Damith Herath, Nathan D’Cunha and Livio Bonollo


Name Project description
Kevin Ding Radiographers’ expectations and experiences of ageing population medical imaging examinations

Supervisor: Chandra Makanjee

Emeliha Jermyn Nurse experiences of caring for older people with cognitive impairment while conducting minimally invasive procedures

Supervisor: Kasia Bail

Abdeljalil LahiouelNutritional knowledge and experiences of family or unpaid carers of community-dwelling people living with dementia
Supervisors: Nathan D’Cunha, Jane Kellett and Stephen Isbel


NameProject description
Stephanie Munk StoryTiling in Dementia Care
Rhiannon Toohey

StoryTiling in Dementia Care

Completed HDR


Name Project description Year completed
Nathan D'Cunha Engaging Activities for People Living with Dementia in Residential Aged Care

Supervisors: Nenad Naumovski, Andrew McKune, Stephen Isbel, Jane Kellett and Ekavi Georgousopoulou.

Nicole Mc Derby Proximity and partnerships: embedding pharmacists in Australian aged care homes to improve quality use of medicines.

Supervisors: Mark Naunton, Sam Kosari, Kasia Bail and Alison Shield



Name Project description Year completed
Jennifer Hutchinson The dietary patterns of older people living in retirement villages and associations with anxiety and depression

Supervisors: Jane Kellett, Stephen Isbel, Nenad Naumovski and Nathan D’Cunha


Vacation Scholarships

Name Project description Year
Eleanor Brace Point prevalence survey of cognitive impairment screening – single site study

Supervisors: Kasia Bail, Chrysta Bridge (ACT Health) and Sean Hambrook (ACT Health)

Ian HuangEvaluation of a multicomponent post-diagnostic support program for
people living with dementia and their carers

Supervisors: Nathan D'Cunha and Michelle Bennett (ACT Health)