Higher Degree by Research Candidate
School of Psychology
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
I am a PhD student in the Cognitive Neural Sciences Lab. Generally, my research considers how certain lifestyle factors, such as education, occupation, leisure activity engagement, intelligence, and several other variables, influence cognitive and motor outcomes for both alpha-synucleinopathy and traumatic brain injury patients. More specifically, I am focused on understanding how these lifestyle variables contribute to the development of a hypothetical brain construct, namely cognitive reserve. This concept has been proposed to justify neuropathologically unexplainable mismatches differences in clinical outcomes for individuals suffering from neurodegeneration. In simpler terms, those with a higher cognitive reserve can better stave off symptoms of degenerative brain diseases to extend quality of life. Thus, understanding how cognitive reserve interacts with pathology, cognition, motor function, and other relevant factors is vital to improving diagnosis, prognostic predictions, and treatment decisions in a clinical setting.
Currently, I am invovled in a large scope research study examining a plethora of different outcomes across healthy adults, Parkinson's disease patients, and traumatic brain injury patients, with the broad goal of investigating how cognition changes across the lifespan for these populations.
Date Position Institution name 2022 - 2022 Foundations of Health and Lifespan Tutor/Marker University of Adelaide
Date Institution name Country Title 2021 - 2021 University of Adelaide Australia Honours Degree of Psychological Science (First Class) 2018 - 2020 University of Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Psychological Science
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