Dr Suraj Samtani
Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr Suraj Samtani

MPsych (Clin), PhD in Clinical Psychology- UNSW Sydney

BPsych (Hons I)- University of Sydney 

Medicine & Health
Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing

I am a Postdoctoral Fellow at Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing (CHeBA) and a clinical psychologist. I obtained my PhD in Clinical Psychology and Master of Psychology (Clinical) from UNSW.

I have an interest in social connections, social cognition, social determinants of health and mental health in older adults. My research includes meta-analyses of longitudinal cohorts of cognitive ageing to identify risk and protective factors for healthy ageing and developing novel interventions to help older adults to stay socially and mentally healthy. 

I was the Study Coordinator for the SHARED (Social Health And Reserve in the Dementia patient journey) project from 2019-2022. The SHARED project was an international collaboration designed to study how social, biological and psychological factors interact to predict the onset and course of dementia across the lifespan. In 2023, I was the Study Coordinator for the Sydney Memory and Ageing Study 2 (MAS2) project, which involved following older adults over time to understand the biomarkers, lifestyle factors and digital biomarkers implicated in cognitive decline. 

In 2020, the Dementia Australia Research Foundation (DARF) Pilot Grant funded my research to co-design and pilot a novel social cognitive skills intervention for older adults with cognitive impairment. Subsequently, the DARF 2022 Fellowship ($405,000 over 3 years) funded my research to conduct a RCT to evaluate the effectiveness of the co-designed social cognitive skills intervention in improving social, cognitive and mental health in older adults with cognitive impairment. 

Meet Our Researcher
Click here to read Dr Suraj Samtani's ‘Meet Our Researcher’ interview

CHeBA Profilehttps://cheba.unsw.edu.au/our-people/dr-suraj-samtani 

Professional Memberships:

Australian Psychological Society

Australian Clinical Psychology Association

  • Book Chapters | 2016
    Moulds ML; Chung K; Martin AM; Samtani S, 2016, 'Cognitive Processes: The Role of Rumination in Depression and Transdiagnostically', in Innovations and Future Directions in the Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies.
  • Journal articles | 2023
    Maddock J; Gallo F; Wolters FJ; Stafford J; Marseglia A; Dekhtyar S; Lenart-Bugla M; Verspoor E; Perry M; Samtani S; Vernooij-Dassen M; Wolf-Ostermann K; Melis R; Brodaty H; Ikram MA; Welmer A-K; Davis D; Ploubidis GB; Richards M; Patalay P; SHARED Consortium , 2023, 'Social health and change in cognitive capability among older adults: findings from four European longitudinal studies.', Gerontology, http://dx.doi.org/10.1159/000531969
    Journal articles | 2023
    Mahalingam G; Samtani S; Lam BCP; Lipnicki DM; Lima-Costa MF; Blay SL; Castro-Costa E; Shifu X; Guerchet M; Preux PM; Gbessemehlan A; Skoog I; Najar J; Sterner TR; Scarmeas N; Yannakoulia M; Dardiotis T; Kim KW; Riedel-Heller S; Röhr S; Pabst A; Shahar S; Numbers K; Ganguli M; Hughes TF; Chang CCH; Crowe M; Ng TP; Gwee X; Chua DQL; Rymaszewska J; Wolf-Ostermann K; Welmer AK; Stafford J; Mélis R; Vernooij-Dassen M; Jeon YH; Sachdev PS; Brodaty H, 2023, 'Social connections and risk of incident mild cognitive impairment, dementia, and mortality in 13 longitudinal cohort studies of ageing', Alzheimer's and Dementia, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/alz.13072
    Journal articles | 2023
    Samtani S; Meka A; Siette J, 2023, 'Beyond memory: exploring the value of social cognition for older adults with neurocognitive disorders', Frontiers in Psychiatry, 14, http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fpsyt.2023.1209745
    Journal articles | 2022
    Lenart-Bugla M; Łuc M; Pawłowski M; Szcześniak D; Seifert I; Wiegelmann H; Gerhardus A; Wolf-Ostermann K; Rouwette EAJA; Ikram MA; Brodaty H; Jeon YH; Maddock J; Marseglia A; Melis RJF; Samtani S; Wang HX; Welmer AK; Vernooij-Dassen M; Rymaszewska J, 2022, 'What Do We Know about Social and Non-Social Factors Influencing the Pathway from Cognitive Health to Dementia? A Systematic Review of Reviews', Brain Sciences, 12, http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/brainsci12091214
    Journal articles | 2022
    Samtani S; Mahalingam G; Lam BCP; Lipnicki DM; Lima-Costa MF; Blay SL; Castro-Costa E; Shifu X; Guerchet M; Preux PM; Gbessemehlan A; Skoog I; Najar J; Rydberg Sterner T; Scarmeas N; Kim KW; Riedel-Heller S; Röhr S; Pabst A; Shahar S; Numbers K; Ganguli M; Jacobsen E; Hughes TF; Crowe M; Ng TP; Maddock J; Marseglia A; Mélis R; Szcześniak D; Wiegelmann H; Vernooij-Dassen M; Jeon YH; Sachdev PS; Brodaty H, 2022, 'Associations between social connections and cognition: a global collaborative individual participant data meta-analysis', The Lancet Healthy Longevity, 3, pp. e740 - e753, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S2666-7568(22)00199-4
    Journal articles | 2022
    Samtani S; Mahalingam S; Lam BCP; Lipnicki DM; Costa E; Xiao S; Guerchet M; Preux P; Skoog I; Scarmeas N; Kim KW; Riedel‐Heller SG; Hamid TA; Numbers KT; Ganguli M; Crowe MG; Ng TP; Sachdev PS; Brodaty H, 2022, 'The impact of social health on global cognition and cognitive domains: An individual participant level data meta‐analysis of longitudinal cohort studies of cognitive ageing', Alzheimer's & Dementia, 18, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/alz.061062
    Journal articles | 2022
    Seifert I; Wiegelmann H; Lenart-Bugla M; Łuc M; Pawłowski M; Rouwette E; Rymaszewska J; Szcześniak D; Vernooij-Dassen M; Perry M; Melis R; Wolf-Ostermann K; Gerhardus A; SHARED consortium , 2022, 'Mapping the complexity of dementia: factors influencing cognitive function at the onset of dementia.', BMC Geriatr, 22, pp. 507, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12877-022-02955-2
    Journal articles | 2022
    Vernooij-Dassen M; Verspoor E; Samtani S; Sachdev PS; Ikram MA; Vernooij MW; Hubers C; Chattat R; Lenart-Bugla M; Rymaszewska J; Szczesniak D; Brodaty H; Welmer AK; Maddock J; van der Velpen IF; Wiegelmann H; Marseglia A; Richards M; Melis R; de Vugt M; Moniz-Cook E; Jeon YH; Perry M; Wolf-Ostermann K, 2022, 'Recognition of social health: A conceptual framework in the context of dementia research', Frontiers in Psychiatry, 13, http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fpsyt.2022.1052009
    Journal articles | 2021
    McEvoy PM; Hyett MP; Ehring T; Johnson SL; Samtani S; Anderson R; Moulds M, 2021, 'Corrigendum to Transdiagnostic assessment of repetitive negative thinking and responses to positive affect: Structure and predictive utility for depression, anxiety, and mania symptoms', Journal of Affective Disorders
    Journal articles | 2021
    McEvoy PM; Hyett MP; Ehring T; Johnson SL; Samtani S; Anderson R; Moulds ML, 2021, 'Corrigendum to Transdiagnostic assessment of repetitive negative thinking and responses to positive affect: Structure and predictive utility for depression, anxiety, and mania symptoms.’ Journal of Affective Disorders, 232, 375-384. Doi: 10.1016/j.jad.2018.02.072. (Journal of Affective Disorders (2018) 232 (375–384), (S0165032717316221), (10.1016/j.jad.2018.02.072))', Journal of Affective Disorders, 286, pp. 371, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jad.2021.03.025
    Journal articles | 2021
    Samtani S; Moulds M; Johnson SL; Ehring T; Hyett MP; Anderson R; McEvoy PM, 2021, 'Higher order repetitive negative thinking is more robustly related to depression, anxiey, and mania than measures of rumination or worry.', Cognitive Therapy and Research
    Journal articles | 2021
    Samtani S; Stevens A; Brodaty H, 2021, 'Preserving and enhancing social health in neurocognitive disorders', Current Opinion in Psychiatry, 34, pp. 157 - 164, http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/YCO.0000000000000683
    Journal articles | 2021
    Stevens A; Numbers K; Samtani S, 2021, 'Are lonely older adults more vulnerable to mental health issues during pandemics?', International Psychogeriatrics, 33, pp. 449 - 451, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S104161022100034X
    Journal articles | 2018
    McEvoy PM; Hyett MP; Ehring T; Johnson SL; Samtani S; Anderson R; Moulds ML, 2018, 'Transdiagnostic assessment of repetitive negative thinking and responses to positive affect: Structure and predictive utility for depression, anxiety, and mania symptoms', Journal of Affective Disorders, 232, pp. 375 - 384, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jad.2018.02.072
    Journal articles | 2018
    Samtani S; McEvoy PM; Mahoney AEJ; Werner-Seidler A; Li SSY; McGill BC; Tockar J; Moulds ML, 2018, 'Examining a transdiagnostic measure of repetitive thinking in depressed, formerly depressed and never-depressed individuals', Journal of Affective Disorders, 229, pp. 515 - 522, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jad.2017.12.081
    Journal articles | 2017
    Samtani S; Moulds ML, 2017, 'Assessing maladaptive repetitive thought in clinical disorders: A critical review of existing measures', Clinical Psychology Review, 53, pp. 14 - 28, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cpr.2017.01.007
  • Preprints | 2022
    Maddock J; Gallo F; Wolters FJ; Stafford J; Marseglia A; Dekhtyar S; Lenart-Bugla M; Verspoor E; Perry M; Samtani S; Vernooij-Dassen M; Wolf-Ostermann K; Melis R; Brodaty H; Ikram MA; Welmer A-K; Davis D; Ploubidis GB; Richards M; Patalay P, 2022, Social health and change in cognitive capability among older adults: findings from four European longitudinal studies, , http://dx.doi.org/10.1101/2022.08.29.22279324
    Preprints | 2022
    Vernooij-Dassen M; Verspoor E; Samtani S; Sachdev P; Ikram MA; Vernooij MW; Hubers C; Chattat R; Lenart M; Rymaszewska J; Szczesnia D; Brodaty H; Welmer A-K; Maddock J; van der Velpen I; Wiegelmann H; Marseglia A; Richards M; Melis R; de Vugt M; Moniz-Cook E; Jeon Y-H; Perry M; Wolf-Ostermann K, 2022, CONCEPTUAL ADVANCEMENT: SOCIAL HEALTH AS A FACILITATOR IN THE USE OF COGNITIVE RESERVE, , http://dx.doi.org/10.1101/2022.06.07.22276079
    Conference Abstracts | 2021
    Samtani S; Stevens A; Lipnicki DM; Sachdev PS; Brodaty H, 2021, 'Social health and reserve in the dementia patient journey (SHARED): The role of social interactions in the clinical phase of dementia', in Alzheimer's & Dementia, Wiley, Vol. 17, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/alz.053227

2023-2026: Samtani, S., Henry, J., Brodaty, H., Davison, T. A randomised controlled trial of a co-designed social cognitive skills intervention for older adults with cognitive concerns. Dementia Australia Research Fund Fellowship 2022 ($405,000): https://www.dementia.org.au/research/foundation/our-researchers/suraj-samtani-0

2021-2022: Samtani, S., Henry, J., Brodaty, H., Sachdev, P. A novel social cognition intervention for older adults with cognitive impairment: Co-design and pilot study. Dementia Australia Research Fund Seed Grant 2021 ($75,000): Funding Success in Dementia Australia Research Foundation Grants | Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing (CHeBA) (unsw.edu.au)

2022

UNSW Medicine and Health, Discipline of Psychiatry & Mental Health- Early/Mid-Career Researcher Best Paper for 2022: https://doi.org/10.1016/S2666-7568(22)00199-4

My research focuses on understanding the intersection between psychosocial factors, changes in the brain and healthy ageing. This research program includes analyzing longitudinal datasets of ageing, examining neuroimaging data, and conducting qualitative interviews to understand the social, psychological and biological pathways involved in healthy ageing. My funded research focuses on co-designing a novel social skills training program for older adults living with cognitive impairments. 

Publications

  • Book Chapters
    • Moulds ML; Chung K; Martin AM; Samtani S, 2016, 'Cognitive Processes: The Role of Rumination in Depression and Transdiagnostically', in Innovations and Future Directions in the Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies.
  • Journal articles
    • Samtani, S., Moulds, M.L., Johnson, S.L. et al. Higher Order Repetitive Negative Thinking Is More Robustly Related to Depression, Anxiety, and Mania Than Measures of Rumination or Worry. Cogn Ther Res (2021). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10608-021-10235-3
    • Stevens, A., Numbers, K., & Samtani, S. (2021). Are lonely older adults more vulnerable to mental health issues during pandemics?. International Psychogeriatrics33(5), 449-451.
    • Samtani S; Stevens A; Brodaty H, 2021, 'Preserving and enhancing social health in neurocognitive disorders', Current opinion in psychiatry, vol. 34, pp. 157 - 164, http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/YCO.0000000000000683 (https://cheba.unsw.edu.au/news/improving-social-health-people-living-dementia)
    • McEvoy PM; Hyett MP; Ehring T; Johnson SL; Samtani S; Anderson R; Moulds ML, 2021, 'Corrigendum to Transdiagnostic assessment of repetitive negative thinking and responses to positive affect: Structure and predictive utility for depression, anxiety, and mania symptoms.’ Journal of Affective Disorders, 232, 375-384. Doi: 10.1016/j.jad.2018.02.072. (Journal of Affective Disorders (2018) 232 (375–384), (S0165032717316221), (10.1016/j.jad.2018.02.072))', Journal of Affective Disordershttp://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jad.2021.03.025
    • McEvoy PM; Hyett MP; Ehring T; Johnson SL; Samtani S; Anderson R; Moulds ML, 2018, 'Transdiagnostic assessment of repetitive negative thinking and responses to positive affect: Structure and predictive utility for depression, anxiety, and mania symptoms', Journal of Affective Disorders, vol. 232, pp. 375 - 384, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jad.2018.02.072
    • Samtani S; McEvoy PM; Mahoney AEJ; Werner-Seidler A; Li SSY; McGill BC; Tockar J; Moulds ML, 2018, 'Examining a transdiagnostic measure of repetitive thinking in depressed, formerly depressed and never-depressed individuals', Journal of Affective Disorders, vol. 229, pp. 515 - 522, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jad.2017.12.081
    • Samtani S; Moulds ML, 2017, 'Assessing maladaptive repetitive thought in clinical disorders: A critical review of existing measures', Clinical Psychology Review, vol. 53, pp. 14 - 28, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cpr.2017.01.007

Presentations

      • CHeBA Seminar Series: Social Health and Reserve in the Dementia patient journey (SHARED): The relationship between social health markers and cognitive trajectories – 19 April 2020

Australia Dementia Research Forum: ADNeT workshop: Navigating a Career in Dementia Research - 31 May 2022

PROBUS: Social connections and happiness: How to maintain good mental health and relationships as we age - 10 May 2022

Older Persons Mental Health Service: Social connectedness for mental health - 27 Oct 2021

Youth Neuro Australia: Demystifying Brain Research: Through the lens of an international dementia research collaboration – 18 March 2020

 

My Teaching

My teaching interests combine psychology, healthy ageing, and neuropsychology. I provides guest lectures for the UTS Master of Pharmacology program and University of Sydney Brain and Mind Research Institute postgraduate program. 

I was previously a Sessional Lecturer at NYU Sydney from 2015-2020 where I taught Cognition; Multicultural Counselling; and Child and Adolescent Brain Development: From Neuroscience to Applications.