Kaarin Anstey recognised for distinguished research contributions to psychology

20 Mar 2019
Scientia Professor Kaarin Anstey

Scientia Professor Kaarin Anstey, one of Australia’s leading researchers in cognitive ageing and dementia, has been recognised by the Australian Psychological Society.

The Australian Psychological Society (APS) has recognised Scientia Professor Kaarin Anstey, CEPAR Co-Deputy Director, with the 2018 APS Distinguished Contribution to Psychological Science Award.

The award honours Kaarin’s distinguished theoretical and empirical research contributions to psychology. Her achievements have also been recognised by the Division of Psychological Research, Education and Training (DPRET) of the APS.

Kaarin is one of Australia’s leading researchers in cognitive ageing and dementia. Her research programs focus on the causes, consequences and prevention of cognitive ageing, dementia, and common mental disorders in adulthood. She has worked extensively with longitudinal studies and leads the PATH Through Life Project. This is a large cohort study focusing on common mental disorders and cognitive function, based in the ACT and surrounding regions. Kaarin also conducts research into driving and road safety in later life.

“I am honoured and delighted to receive this award,” said Kaarin.

“This award is further recognition of the research into the causes, consequences and prevention of cognitive decline and dementia that my group is doing here in CEPAR, UNSW Sydney and NeuRA.

“Dementia is the leading cause of disability among Australians over 65. The longer one lives the greater the risk of developing dementia. Australia’s ageing population is leading to an increasing number of Australians with the disease which will further impact individuals, society and the economy over the next decade. Research into cognitive ageing and dementia is now more urgent than ever.”