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Geriatrics and gerontology, Social epidemiology, Epidemiology

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Biography

I am a Postdoctoral Fellow at Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing (CHeBA). I am the Study Coordinator for the SHARED (Social Health And Reserve in the Dementia patient journey) project. The SHARED project is an international collaboration designed to study how social, biological and psychological factors interact to predict the onset and course of dementia across the lifespan. 

I obtained my PhD in Clinical Psychology and Master of Psychology...view more

I am a Postdoctoral Fellow at Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing (CHeBA). I am the Study Coordinator for the SHARED (Social Health And Reserve in the Dementia patient journey) project. The SHARED project is an international collaboration designed to study how social, biological and psychological factors interact to predict the onset and course of dementia across the lifespan. 

I obtained my PhD in Clinical Psychology and Master of Psychology (Clinical) from UNSW. My PhD research focused on the assessment and treatment of cognitive processes such as rumination and worry across disorders. I have worked extensively in clinical practice treating a wide range of conditions across the lifespan. Prior to joining CHeBA, I did research with the School of Psychology at UNSW, conducting population level modelling of factors that lead to anxiety and depression.

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


My Grants

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)


My Qualifications

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

BPsych (Hons I)- University of Sydney 


My Research Activities

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

My Research Supervision


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Areas of supervision

Through research and teaching in the field of dementia and mental health, it is my aim to raise the awareness of psychosocial issues faced by adults in mid- and late-life, such as loneliness, social isolation, anxiety, depression, and dementia. It is important that we age in a way that maintains not just our physical health, but also our social connections and mental health. My goal is to co-design and implement psychosocial interventions to improve the psychosocial well being of adults and older adults. 


My Engagement

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. 

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