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Professor Kaarin Anstey

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

Elected: 2011

Discipline: Psychology

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


Kaarin Anstey is a Professor of Psychology at UNSW and Senior Principal Research Scientist at  NeuRA. 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, WHO Dementia Risk Reduction Guidelines Committee, 2017
  • 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


  • 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., Peters, R. Oversimplification of Dementia Risk Reduction Messaging Is a Threat to Knowledge Translation in Dementia Prevention Research 2018 Feb: J Prev Alzheimers Dis.2018;5(1):2-4. doi: 10.14283/jpad.2017.27
  2. Anstey KJ, Chen R.. Invited Commentary: Second-hand smoke is an under recognized risk factor for cognitive decline. Am J Epidemiol. 2018 Jan 12
  3. Anstey, K.J., Peters, R., Clare, L., Lautenschlager, N T. (2017). Joining forces to prevent dementia: The International Research Network On Dementia Prevention (IRNDP). International Psychogeriatrics, 1-4. doi:10.1017/S1041610217001685
  4. Anstey, K.J., Eramudugolla, R., Chopra, S., Price, J., Wood, J. (Feb 2017). Assessment of Driving Safety in older adults with Mild Cognitive Impairment. Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, 1197-1205. doi:10.3233/jad-161209


Website: https://research.unsw.edu.au/people/dr-kaarin-jane-anstey
Email: k.anstey [at] unsw.edu.au

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