Dr Adam Bentvelzen

Dr Adam Bentvelzen

Senior Research Associate

Professional qualifications

  • Clinical Neuropsychologist
  • Member of the Australian Psychological Society (MAPS)
  • Fellow of the College of Clinical Neuropsychologists (FCCN)
  • Psychology Board of Australia (PBA) approved supervisor

Academic qualifications

  • PhD/Master of Clinical Neuropsychology, Macquarie University, 2017
  • B Psychology (Honours I), University of Sydney, 2007
  • B Communication (Writing), University of Western Sydney, 2001
Medicine & Health
Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing

Adam first joined the Australian Dementia Network (ADNeT) Memory Clinics team at the Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing (CHeBA) as a Research Assistant in August 2020. From January 2021 he has worked as a Research Fellow in this role, primarily to advance the harmonisation of cognitive assessments in ADNeT Memory Clinics, and develop training materials and workshops for neuropsychologists, other psychologists, and other clinicians involved in the assessment of Memory Clinics patients. He also currently works as a Clinical Neuropsychologist (MAPS, FCCN) in private practice at MQ Health, Macquarie University Hospital Clinic where he primarily works with the assessment and rehabilitation of middle-aged to older adults with ageing-related neurocognitive disorders, stroke, brain injury, and mental health concerns. Adam has a PhD/Master of Clinical Neuropsychology and was awarded the University Medal for his academic performance during his B Psychology (Honours I) at the University of Sydney.

Meet Our Researcher
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  • Book Chapters | 2023
    Bentvelzen AC; Chander RJ; Foo H; Lee T; Lipnicki DM; Sachdev PS, 2023, 'Neuropsychological Assessment of Cognitive Aging', in The SAGE Handbook of Clinical Neuropsychology: Clinical Neuropsychological Assessment and Diagnosis, SAGE Publications Ltd, pp. 77 - 93, http://dx.doi.org/10.4135/9781529789539.n6
  • Journal articles | 2024
    Picard GK; Bentvelzen AC; Savage G; Barnier A; Strutt PA, 2024, 'Hear Me Out: A Meta-Analysis of Third-Party Disability Due to Presbycusis.', Ear Hear, 45, pp. 297 - 305, http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/AUD.0000000000001424
    Journal articles | 2024
    Truong QC; Cervin M; Choo CC; Numbers K; Bentvelzen AC; Kochan NA; Brodaty H; Sachdev PS; Medvedev ON, 2024, 'Examining the validity of the Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE) and its domains using network analysis', Psychogeriatrics, 24, pp. 259 - 271, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/psyg.13069
    Journal articles | 2023
    Bahar‐Fuchs A; Mowszowski L; Pike KE; Lampit A; Lee A; Bentvelzen A; Mehrani I; Naismith SL, 2023, 'Delivery of cognition‐oriented treatments for older people with MCI in Australian Memory Clinics: A pilot implementation study', Alzheimer's & Dementia, 19, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/alz.080837
    Journal articles | 2023
    Cataldi R; Sachdev PS; Chowdhary N; Seeher K; Bentvelzen A; Moorthy V; Dua T, 2023, 'A WHO blueprint for action to reshape dementia research', Nature Aging, 3, pp. 469 - 471, http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s43587-023-00381-6
    Journal articles | 2023
    Truong QC; Cervin M; Choo CC; Numbers K; Bentvelzen AC; Merkin AG; Sachdev PS; Feigin VL; Brodaty H; Kochan NA; Medvedev ON, 2023, 'Using network analysis to validate domains of the modified telephone interview for cognitive status', European Journal of Clinical Investigation, 53, pp. e14016, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/eci.14016
    Journal articles | 2023
    Truong QC; Choo C; Numbers K; Bentvelzen A; Merkin AG; Brodaty H; Kochan NA; Feigin VL; Sachdev PS; Medvedev ON, 2023, 'Enhancing Precision of the Telephone Interview for Cognitive Status–Modified (TICS-M) Using the Rasch Model', Psychological Assessment, 35, pp. 559 - 571, http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/pas0001233
    Journal articles | 2023
    Truong QC; Numbers K; Choo CC; Bentvelzen AC; Catts VS; Cervin M; Jorm AF; Kochan NA; Brodaty H; Sachdev PS; Medvedev ON, 2023, 'Establishing conversion of the 16-item Informant Questionnaire on Cognitive Decline in the Elderly scores into interval-level data across multiple samples using Rasch methodology', Psychogeriatrics, 23, pp. 411 - 421, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/psyg.12946
    Journal articles | 2022
    Bentvelzen AC; Kessels RPC; Badcock NA; Savage G, 2022, 'Correction to: The Impact of Right Temporal Lobe Epilepsy on Nonverbal Memory: Meta-regression of Stimulus- and Task-related Moderators.', Neuropsychol Rev, 32, pp. 558 - 565, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11065-022-09545-4
    Journal articles | 2022
    Bentvelzen AC; Kessels RPC; Badcock NA; Savage G, 2022, 'The Impact of Right Temporal Lobe Epilepsy On Nonverbal Memory: Meta-regression of Stimulus- and Task-related Moderators', Neuropsychology Review, 32, pp. 537 - 557, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11065-021-09514-3
    Journal articles | 2022
    Kochan NA; Croot K; Crawford JD; Allison KC; Rossie M; Brodaty H; Lam BCP; Henry JD; Lee T; Draper B; Close J; Ong MY; Bentvelzen A; Sachdev PS, 2022, 'Computer‐administered neuropsychological assessment batteries: Validity, reliability, and user experience in an Australian sample of community‐living older adults in the CogSCAN Study', Alzheimer's & Dementia, 18, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/alz.067031
    Journal articles | 2019
    Bentvelzen AC; Crawford JD; Theobald A; Maston K; Slavin MJ; Reppermund S; Kang K; Numbers K; Brodaty H; Sachdev P; Kochan NA, 2019, 'Validation and Normative Data for the Modified Telephone Interview for Cognitive Status: The Sydney Memory and Ageing Study', Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 67, pp. 2108 - 2115, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jgs.16033
    Journal articles | 2017
    Bentvelzen A; Aerts L; Seeher K; Wesson J; Brodaty H, 2017, 'A Comprehensive Review of the Quality and Feasibility of Dementia Assessment Measures: The Dementia Outcomes Measurement Suite', Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, 18, pp. 826 - 837, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jamda.2017.01.006
  • Preprints | 2023
    Pike KE; Li L; Naismith S; Bahar-Fuchs A; Lee A; Mehrani I; Bentvelzen A; Lautenschlager N; O'Connell M; Blackberry I; Mowszowski L, 2023, Implementation of Cognitive (Neuropsychological) Interventions for Older Adults in Clinical or Community settings: A Scoping Review, , http://dx.doi.org/10.31219/osf.io/4sxzh

  • Macquarie University Postgraduate Research Fund (PGRF) award with Deputy Vice Chancellor's Recommendation (2012)
  • University Medal, University of Sydney (2007)
  • Lithgow No VII Scholarship for best student in Senior Psychology (2006)

Neuropsychological Assessment of Cognitive Ageing and Cognitive Reserve

Adam has written a chapter on cognitive ageing with CHeBA researchers for an upcoming neuropsychology textbook. This chapter will be a comprehensive guide based on the latest quality research aimed to help neuropsychologists understand the cognitive changes that occur with healthy ageing, the protective effects of cognitive reserve, and how best to distinguish age-related changes from neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's disease.

Telephone-based cognitive screening for older adults

Adam previously worked with the Memory and Ageing Study (MAS) study at CHeBA from 2017 to 2020 as a Research Assistant. He has continued involvement with MAS researching the efficacy of an phone-based cognitive screening instrument used by MAS, the Telephone Interview for Cognitive Status-Modified (TICS-M), for which he has published normative and validation data.

Best practice for measurement of changes related to dementia

Prior to joining MAS, Adam worked at the Dementia Centre for Research Collaboration (DCRC) where he helped Prof Henry Brodaty and colleagues produce the Dementia Outcomes Measurement Suite (DOMS), a set of recommended measures aimed at improving the standard, uniformity and accessibility of dementia assessment measures used by clinicians and researchers: http://dementiakt.com.au/doms/

Improving nonverbal memory tools for the assessment of temporal lobe epilepsy

Adam’s research interests revolve around clinical application, particularly to help Clinical Neuropsychologists detect memory disorders early and accurately in persons with conditions such as temporal lobe epilepsy, stroke, and neurodegenerative conditions. In this vein, his PhD thesis centred around improving the assessment of memory disorders and risk of memory decline in patients with right medial temporal lobe epilepsy that require surgery for the relief of medically intractable seizures.

My Research Supervision

I am currently supervising 3 Master of Clinical Neuropsychology students at Macquarie University, and providing assistance as needed to  other researchers on projects involving their students.