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Professor Kaarin Anstey

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

Elected: 2011

Discipline: Psychology

Specialisation: cognitive ageing, midlife cognition, wellbeing, longitudinal studies


Professor Kaarin Anstey is Director of the Centre for Research on Ageing, Health and Wellbeing at the Australian National University.  Her research interests include prevention of cognitive decline and dementia, mental health, strategies to optimize ageing well, data synthesis, driving safety, and longitudinal research.


  • 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
  • NHMRC Senior Research Fellow, Level B (2011 – 2015)
  • 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)
  • NHMRC Senior Research Fellow, Level A, Australian National University (2006 – 2010)
  • Fellow, Australian Association of Gerontology
  • Fellow, Australian 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. (2014). Optimizing cognitive development over the life course and preventing cognitive decline: Introducing the Cognitive Health Environment Life Course Model (CHELM). International Journal of Behavioral Development, 38(1) 1–10, DOI: 10.1177/0165025413512255.
  2. Anstey, K.J., Cherbuin, N., Herath, P.M., Qiu, C., Kuller, L.H., Lopez, O.L., Wilson, R.S., Fratiglioni, L. (2014). A self-report risk index to predict occurrence of dementia in three independent cohorts of older adults: The ANU-ADRI. PLoSONE, 9, 1, e86141
  3. Anstey, K.J., Sargent-Cox, K., Cherbuin, N., Sachdev, P.S. (2013) Self-reported history of chemotherapy and cognitive decline in adults aged 60 and older: The PATH Through Life Project. Journals of Gerontology: Medical Sciences, online doi:10.1093/gerona/glt195.
  4. Anstey, K.J., Sargent-Cox, K.A., Garde, E., Cherbuin, N., Butterworth, P. (Sept 2013). Cognitive development over 8 years in mid-life and its association with cardiovascular risk factors. Neuropsychology, article in press.
  5. Anstey, K.J., Cherbuin, N., Eramudugolla, R., Sargent-Cox, K, Easteal, S., Kumar, R., Sachdev, P. (2013). Characterizing Mild Cognitive Disorders in the young-old over 8 years: Prevalence, estimated incidence, stability of diagnosis, and impact on IADLs. Alzheimer’s and Dementia, 9(6), 640-648.


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