Fields of Research (FoR)Biological Psychology (Neuropsychology, Psychopharmacology, Physiological Psychology), Neurosciences, Mental Health, Developmental Psychology and Ageing
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...view more
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.
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
BSc Psychol (Hons) (UNSW); M Clin Neuropsych (Macquarie University); PhD (UNSW)
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
My Research Activities
Current research projects include:
My Research Supervision
Areas of supervision
Computer-administered neuropsychological assessment in cognitively healthy elders and persons with Mild Cognitive Impairment and dementia
Developing Australian normative data for commonly used cognitive tests
Neuropsychological profiles in the oldest-old
Cognitive predictors of future cognitive decline and dementia
Dual 'walking talking' tasks in older adults with and without cognitive impairment
Co-supervisor PhD student
How does memory work and how you can improve you memory. Community event for seniors. Centre on Ageing Sydney, Bondi Junction, March 2018.
Memory Fitness: Training your brain. Public Health Forum presented by Department of Aged Care Psychiatry, Prince of Wales Hospital. The Juniors, Kingsford, October 2017.
Memory Fitness: How to maximize your memory. Community event for seniors. War Memorial Hospital, September 2017.
Staying brainy. Ansarada corporate presentation, February 2016.
Fluctuations in reaction time linked to dementia risk. Medscape Medical News 12 January 2016.
Stay Brainy. Reader’s Digest Asia Pacific. 1st October 2015.
Can an old dog learn new tricks? Neuroplasticity and improving your memory in older adulthood. Montefiore LIFE magazine, March 2015.
IPads could play role in screening for dementia: Commentary. ‘Neurology update’ on 6minutes.com.au (web news for doctors), 22 October 2014.
Maximise your Memory. Better Brain Better Life. CHeBA Public Forum, UNSW, May 2014.
Maximise your Memory. Better Brain Better Life, Seniors Month Forum. CHeBA, Rockdale, Sydney, March 2014.
Mind your mind. How to have a healthy brain- public forum presented by the Academic Department for Old Age Psychiatry, Maroubra, Sydney, November 2011
How do scientists research memory? Brain and Ageing Research Program Information Day – public forum, UNSW, October 2006