Currently employed as a Research Assistant on the Older Australian Twins Study (OATS) and the Amyloid Imaging Study for the School of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, I have worked with the Older Australian Twins Study since October 2010.
I completed my Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Psychology in 2012, through Central Queensland University. My Honours Thesis topic was Heritability of Excessive Daytime Sleepiness and Associated Inflammation in Older Australian Twins, and was completed through the Older Australian Twins Study under the supervision of Associate Professor Julian Trollor of UNSW and Associate Professor Greg Roach of the Appleton Institute, Adelaide, CQU.
My research interests are in the areas of neurosychology, particularly developmental disorders, and sleep research, with a focus on the cognitive effects, and impact on sleepiness, of psychological disorders and autoimmune disease. Additionally I have an interest in cognition, neurophysiology and plasticity in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, particularly in relation to creative therapies.
In 2015 I joined the CHeBA Fitness Ambassador program. Being part of the team of CHeBA Fitness Ambassadors is a positive step towards not only motivating myself to keep fit and healthy, but also to raise much needed funds for research, motivate others and help us to change the future of brain ageing as a community. My favourite fitness activities for a healthy brain, mind and body, are long distance hiking, ballet and other forms of dance, yoga and Taiko drumming (combining the cognitive benefits of music with the fitness of Japanese festival drums).
I am currently enrolled in the Master of Brain Mind Sciences at the Univeristy of Sydney, and intend to pursue a PhD and Clinical Neuropsychology program in the near future.