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Professor Kaarin Anstey

Professor Kaarin Anstey
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BA (Hons) Syd., PhD Qld., FASSA, FAPS


Kaarin Anstey is a Scientia Professor of Psychology and Director of the UNSW Ageing Futures Institute. Kaarin’s research programs focus on the causes, consequences and prevention of cognitive ageing and dementia. Kaarin also conducts research into older driver safety, wellbeing, and evaluates interventions to promote mobility and healthy ageing.

A Chief Investigator since 2001, Anstey has led the PATH Through Life Project and since 2006. PATH is a 20-year longitudinal study of mental health, wellbeing and cognitive function spanning the adult life course that has three cohorts called the 20s, 40s and 60s. She has led (CIA) NHMRC grants funding Wave 3 (20s, 40s, 60s) and Wave 4 (parts of 20s, 40s, full 60s) and ARC funding for Waves 5 (40s, 60s) and 6 (60s). Since 2019 the PATH study has been jointly hosted by UNSW and ANU, and Anstey's team at UNSW and NeuRA provide the data management for the project, the administrative and logistical support for the study, and its Research Committee. 

Kaarin also leads the 'Better Drive' program of interventions to improve older  driver safety, the 'Body-Brain-Life' brain health interventions that focus on reducing risk of dementia. Kaarin leads the NHMRC Boosting Dementia Grant  'LEAD' which focusses on dementia risk assessment and translation. Kaarin is also lead investigator on 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 is Chair of the International Research Network on Dementia Prevention, a member of the World Health Organisation Guidelines Development Committee for Cognitive Decline and Dementia, 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.


Selected Publications

Journal articles

Maasakkers CM; Claassen JAHR; Gardiner PA; Olde Rikkert MGM; Lipnicki DM; Scarmeas N; Dardiotis E; Yannakoulia M; Anstey KJ; Cherbuin N; Haan MN; Kumagai S; Narazaki K; Chen T; Ng TP; Gao Q; Nyunt MSZ; Crawford JD; Kochan NA; Makkar SR; Sachdev PS; Thijssen DHJ; Melis RJF, 2019, 'The Association of Sedentary Behaviour and Cognitive Function in People Without Dementia: A Coordinated Analysis Across Five Cohort Studies from COSMIC', Sports Medicine,
Peters R; Ee N; Peters J; Beckett N; Booth A; Rockwood K; Anstey KJ, 2019, 'Common risk factors for major noncommunicable disease, a systematic overview of reviews and commentary: the implied potential for targeted risk reduction', Therapeutic Advances in Chronic Disease, vol. 10, pp. 204062231988039 - 204062231988039,
Peters R; Beckett N; Antikainen R; Rockwood K; Bulpitt CJ; Anstey KJ, 2019, 'Subjective memory complaints and incident dementia in a high risk older adult hypertensive population', Age and Ageing, vol. 48, pp. 253 - 259,

Book Chapters

Mortby ME; Anstey KJ, 2016, 'Mental Health and Ageing', in Encyclopedia of Geropsychology, Springer


Anstey K; Kiely K, 2012, Evaluation of NHMRC Data on the Funding of Dementia Research in Australia. A report for Alzheimer’s Australia, Alzheimer’s Australia,