BA(Hons1) (Sydney), PhD (Queensland)

ARC Laureate Fellow Kaarin Anstey is a Scientia Professor of Psychology and Director of the UNSW Ageing Futures Institute. From 2012-2017 Kaarin was the founding Director of the Centre for Research on Ageing, Health and Wellbeing at the Australian National University where she is now an Honorary Professor. Kaarin leads an NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Cognitive Health, is a director of the NHMRC Dementia Centre for Research Collaboration and Co-Deputy Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research. Kaarin’s research programs focus on the causes, consequences and prevention of cognitive ageing, dementia. Kaarin has worked extensively with longitudinal studies, and leads the PATH Through Life Project. She also conducts research into driving and road safety in later life. Kaarin is the Chair of the International Research Network on Dementia Prevention, a Director of the Board of the Dementia Australia Research Foundation, and a member of the Governance Committee of the Global Council on Brain Health, an initiative supported by the American Association of Retired Persons and AgeUK.

  • Member, AIHW Dementia Working Group
  • Advisor, WHO mDementia Program
  • Member, WHO Dementia Risk Reduction Guidelines Committee, 2017-2019
  • Director, Dementia Collaborative Research Centre - Early Diagnosis and Prevention
  • Member, ACT Ministerial Advisory Council on Ageing
  • Member, NHMRC Steering Group of Knowledge Translation in Dementia Research
  • Member, Committee on Safe Mobility of Older Persons of the United States Transport Research Board ANB60 4/15/2012-4/14/2015
  • Member, National Quality Dementia Care Initative, 2010-2013
  • Chair, Medical and Scientific Panel, Alzheimers Australia Dementia Research Foundation 2010-2013
  • Adjunct Professor, Pennsylvania State University
  • National Convenor, Population Research Strategies Theme, ARC/NHMRC Research Network in Ageing Well (2008 - 2010)
  • Visiting Scientist, Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin (August - September 2005)
  • Lead Investigator, Ageing Well, Ageing Productively Program Grant (2007 - 2011)
  • Lead Investigator, PATH Through Life Project (2007 - ongoing)
  • Fellow, Australian Association of Gerontology
  • Fellow, Australian Psychological Society

·       2020 Mental Health and Prevention Senior Career Researcher Award, Mental Health & Prevention Journal, Elselvier

·       2018 The Distinguished Scientific Contribution to Psychological Science Award 2018, Australia

·       Psychological Society

·       Exceptional Contribution Award - Journals of Gerontology Psychological Science (2009)

·       E W Busse Award for Research Excellence in the Social and Behavioral Sciences (2009) (presented by the Busse Foundation at the four-yearly International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics Congress)

·       Distinguished Contribution Award from the Australian Association of Gerontology, ACT Division (2007)

·       Margret Baltes Award in Social and Behavioural Sciences from the American Gerontological Society (2005) (international award for Research Excellence in Social and Behavioural Gerontology up to ten years Postdoctoral)

·       Australian Psychological Society Early Career Award (2002)

·       Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia Early Career Award (2001)

·       Organon Award from the Australasian Society for Psychiatric Research (2000) (for a mental health researcher under the age of 35)

·       Chinoin Young Investigator Award from the International Association of Gerontology (1997)

·       University of Queensland Travelling Scholarship (1994)

·       The Inaugural Elsie Harwood Award (1992)

·       The Dick Thomson Prize, University of Sydney (1991)

·       The Australian Psychological Society Prize (1991)

1.          Anstey, K.J, A Peters, R, Zheng, L, Barnes, D.C., Brayne, C, Brodaty, H, Chalmer, J, Clare, L, Dixon, R.A., Dodge, H, Lautenschlager, N, Middleton. L.E., ,Chengxuan, C, Rees, G, S Shahar, Yaffe, K. (2020) Future Directions for Dementia Risk Reduction and Prevention Research: An International Research Network on Dementia Prevention Consensus. Journal of Alzheimers Disease [published online 27 October 2020] DOI: 10.3233/JAD-200674.

2.          Anstey, K.J., Cherbuin, N., Kim, S., McMaster, M., D’Este, C., Lautenschlager, N., Rebok, G., McRae, I., Torres, S.J., Cox, K.L. and Pond, D. (2020) Internet-based Intervention Augmented with Diet and Physical Activity Consultation to Decrease Risk of Dementia in At-risk Adults in a Primary Care Setting: Pragmatic Randomized Controlled Trial. Journal of Medical Internet Research. [published online 24 September 2020] DOI: 10.2196/19431

3.          Anstey, K.J, Eramudugolla, R., Huque, H,, Horswill, M., Kiely, K,, Black, A., Wood, J. (2020). Validation of Brief Screening Tools to Identify Impaired Driving Among Older Adults in Australia, JAMA Network Open, 3(6), e208263. PMC7301240.mc7301240. doi: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2020.8263.

4.          Bielak, A.A.M., Anstey, K.J., (2019). Covariation of intraindividual variability in cognitive speed and cognitive performance across young, middle and older adulthood.  Developmental Psychology May;55(5):994-1004.

5.          Hosking, D.E., Eramudugolla, R, Cherbuin , N, Anstey, K.J., MIND not Mediterranean Diet Related to 12-year Incidence of Cognitive Impairment in an Australian Longitudinal Cohort Study. Alzheimers and Dementia. 2019 Apr;15(4):581-589. doi: 10.1016/j.jalz.2018.12.011. Epub 2019 Feb 28.PMID: 30826160