BSc Psychol (Hons) (UNSW); M Clin Neuropsych (Macquarie University); PhD (UNSW)
Dr Nicole Kochan is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing (CHeBA), University of NSW and a Clinical Neuropsychologist. She is the Principal Investigator of the NHMRC funded CogSCAN project, Leader of the Neuropsychology streams of two large population studies of cognitive health and neurodegeneration– the Sydney Memory and Ageing Study and the Sydney Centenarian Study, and is a core member of CHeBA’s international consortia of cohort studies of ageing - COSMIC, STROKOG and ICC-Dementia. She is the Neuropsychologist on the research teams of three large randomised control intervention trials in cognitive ageing and Mild Cognitive Impairment– Maintain Your Brain; BRAIN training: Balance, Resistance or Interval training in Mild Cognitive Impairment; MetMemory: Preventing cognitive decline with Metformin.
Nicole's background is in Clinical Neuropsychology with a particular interest in cognitive ageing, decline and dementia. She completed a Masters in Clinical Neuropsychology at Macquarie University in 1998 and a PhD in the School of Psychiatry in 2011 examining the utility of functional MRI in older persons with Mild Cognitive Impairment. She was the recipient of an NHMRC Early Career Research Fellowship (2012-2016).
Her research interests include investigating methods to improve early detection of cognitive decline and dementia using traditional psychometric measures, sensitive normative data and new innovations in computerised cognitive testing. She is also interested in identifying determinants of inter-variability amongst elders, specifically, the risk and protective factors that contribute to different cognitive trajectories over the course of the lifespan, as well as associations of intra-individual variability (IIV) in cognitive performance (moment-to-moment fluctuations on a reaction time task) with future dementia risk and mortality.
Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) Travel Fellowship, 2013
Gordon Parker Award for Best Publication (PhD), School of Psychiatry, UNSW Medicine, 2012.
Dean’s List for PhD research, Faculty of Medicine, 2011
ISTAART Student Fellowship, the Alzheimer’s Association, 2011
Trainee Abstract Travel Award, the Organization for Human Brain Mapping, 2008
International Junior Investigator Award, the International College of Geriatric Psychoneuropharmacology, 2007
Chief Investigator (H), NHMRC Boosting Dementia Research Grant. Preventing cognitive decline with metformin: a randomized control trial 2019-2024.
Chief Investigator (A), NHMRC Boosting Dementia Research Grant. Cross-comparison, validation and performance of computerised neuropsychological assessment devices in the evaluation of mild cognitive impairment and dementia 2017-2020.
NHMRC Early Career Research Fellowship (Health Professional) (Part-Time). Improving clinical diagnosis of mild neurocognitive disorders using neuropsychological assessment 2013-2016.
Principal Investigator, Computerised neuropsychological testing for early diagnosis of mild cognitive impairment and dementia, Dementia Collaborative Research Centre (DCRC) Project Grant 2013-2014.
Principal Investigator, Australian Neuropsychological Normative Study of Older Persons, Dementia Collaborative Research Centre (DCRC) Project Grant 2012-2013
Chief Investigator (C), A cognitive and neuroimaging study of exceptionally old age: Sydney Centenarian Study, NHMRC Project Grant 2010-2013
Chief investigator (A), Functional MRI investigation of the neural processes underlying Mild Cognitive Impairment, a Research Project Grant for Mental Illness awarded by the Australian Rotary Health Research Fund 2006 – 2008
Training in Research Fellowship, NSW Institute of Psychiatry, NSW Department of Health 2006