Study Background: My study background includes an MBBS and Master of Psychiatry from Melbourne, an MBA from Deakin as well as Fellowship of the RANZCP with subspecialty certificate in Psychiatry of Old Age. I am a Psychiatrist of Old Age at St Vincent's Health and Epworth Healthcare and a Research Fellow at the Academic Unit for Psychiatry of Old Age, Department of Psychiatry.
Current Projects: I commenced my part-time PhD in December 2017 with a focus on cognitive health and dementia risk reduction and the potential role of anxiety and physical activity. Other projects that I am involved with include physical activity guidelines for older adults with subjective cognitive decline or mild cognitive impairment and their implementation, Rapid and Rapid-Plus (cognitive bias modification for depression in Alzheimer's dementia), BAN-Dep (behavioural activation for nursing home residents to treat depression), and Enroll-HD (global observational study for Huntington's disease families).
Academic Aims for the Future: I hope to continue research in the area of cognitive health and dementia risk reduction as well as improving the mental health of older adults.
What you hope to contribute to the mental health graduate circle? I hope that I can contribute my clinical experience and expertise of working in diverse settings including public and private, hospital, residential aged care and community settings. This may be useful to clinical application and knowledge translation of research as well as engaging clinical services and service users.
What you hope to learn from mental health hub members? I am interested to upskill in research methodology and also learn more about the practicalities of the PhD process.