Postdoctoral Research Fellow
NeuRA: Neuroscience Research Australia
Contact me for
- Sitting on boards or committees
- Providing an expert opinion
- Outreach activities
- Conference presenting
- Opportunities to collaborate
Nikki-Anne completed her undergraduate studies in psychology at Deakin University, Victoria, Australia for which she was awarded the School of Psychology Head of School award for achieving first in her cohort and nominated for the Alfred Deakin University Medal. Following this, she was awarded first class psychology honours at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. In addition to receiving an Australian Postgraduate Award for her PhD studies, Nikki-Anne was awarded a prestigious Research Excellence Scholarship for being ranked within the top 10% of all higher degree research students.
Recently submitting her PhD as part of the FRONTIER dementia research group based at the Brain and Mind Centre, The University of Sydney, Nikki-Anne's PhD research examined how the breakdown of memory and cognition in behavioural variant frontotemporal dementia (bvFTD) relate to the social and behavioural challenges associated with this disorder. Her research has been published in several high-ranking journals and she has presented her findings at both national and international conferences.
Nikki-Anne's skills in cognitive neuroscience and neuropsychology align with her passion to improve clinical outcomes and the lived experience for people with dementia. The impact from her research is evident from being awarded a Brain and Mind Centre Award for Research Excellence during her PhD candidature, an award open to early career researchers up to 10 years post PhD.
A passionate science communicator and regular speaker at science outreach events, Nikki-Anne also enjoys participating in school mentoring programmes aiming to encourage students to pursue science related careers and develop research skills.
Nikki-Anne's broad research interests include exploring sensory function and hallucinations in dementia; improving understanding of the cognitive processes which support social and everyday function; and developing programmes which harness an individual’s strengths in order to aid independence.
Nikki-Anne identifies as having a disability.