Associate Professor Lee-Fay Low
BSc Psych (Hons) UNSW; PhD ANU
Associate Professor in Ageing and HealthHead of Discipline, Behavioural and Social Sciences in Health
C43A - Jeffrey Miller Admin Building Cumberland Campus
The University of Sydney
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Ageing, Work & Health Research Unit
Lee-Fay Low (BSc Psych (Hons), PhD) is Associate Professor in Ageing and Health, Head of Discipline,Behaviouraland Social Sciences in Health, the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney. She is a registered psychologist.
Her main areas of research are in home and residential care for older people, risk factors for dementia, dementia literacy, and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. She is particularly interested in developing and evaluating interventions to improve the quality of life of older people. She has expertise in epidemiology, systematic reviews, clustered randomised trials and translation of research into practice. She will sometimes admit to liking statistics.
She is actively engaged with the aged care community sitting on several advisory groups, as well as on the board of the Arts Health Institute, a not-for-profit organization.
- Healthy ageing
- Residential aged care
- Community care
- Non-pharmacological interventions
- Older people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds
Current research students
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- We think you can dance! A pilot study of a dance program for people with moderate-severe dementia in nursing homes
- CareToons: Development and evaluation of an internet program for carers on management of behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia
- LifeFul: a restorative care approach in residential aged care.
- Dementia care in the radiology department
Awards and honours
NSW Young Tall Poppy Science Award. 2012
In the media
A/Prof Low was featured as one of the brains behind dementia research
A/Prof Low talks about dementia in migrants on ABC life matters
A/Prof Low discusses subjective age in the Sydney Morning Herald
A/Prof Lee-Fay is interviewed in Jill Margo's article, 'Dementia is a journey of disentanglement' , Financial Review (22 Oct, 2014)
Lee-Fay also appeared on ABC television's The Checkout:
- Evidence-based programs to improve the wellbeing of people with dementia and their carers: Implementing COPE in the Australian health context; Clemson L, Jeon Y, Low L, Kurrle S; Sydney Medical School/Cognitive Decline Partnership Centre.
- Global initiative promoting meaningful engagement of people with advanced dementia ageing in supported living environments; Du Toit S, Low L, Lovarini M; Worldwide Universities Network/WUN Research Development Fund.
- Innovative interventions to improve quality of life in dementia; Low L; National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)/Career Development Fellowships.
- About people living alone with dementia (APLAWD); Fletcher J, Low L, Jeon Y; National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)/Dementia Collaborative Research Centres.
- Community Aging in Place: Advancing Better Living for Elders with Cognitive Impairment (CAPABLE-C): a feasibility study of a CAPABLE-C RCT; Jeon Y, Szanton S, Clemson L, Naismith S, Simpson J, Low L, Brodaty H, Gitlin L; National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)/Dementia Collaborative Research Centres.
- Development & evaluation of an online program for carers of people with later stage dementia.; Low L; National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)/Dementia Collaborative Research Centres.
- The Lifestyle Engagement Activity Program (LEAP); Low L; Dementia Collaborative Research Centre/Small Grants Scheme.
- A systematic review of interventions to change practice in nursing homes; Jeon Y, Beattie E, Low L, Goodenough B, Etherton-Beer C, MacAndrew M; Dementia Collaborative Research Centre/Project Grants.
- Dancing for dementia: developing and piloting a dance program for the cognitive health of people with dementia; Low L, Merom D; Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing (CHeBA)/Research Grant.
- Embodied selfhood and clowning: An innovative approach to person-centred dementia care; Kontos P, Warren B, Mitchell G, Naglie G, Low L; Canadian Institutes of Health Research/Open Operating Grant.
- The Lifestyle Engagement and Activity Program (LEAP) for Life implementation project in community care; Low L; Encouraging Better Practice in Aged Care (EBPAC)/EBPAC Grants Round Three.
- Investigating language changes associated with mild cognitive impairment and dementia in elderly CALD individuals; Miller Amberber A, Sachdev P, Low L, Kochan N, Draper B; Dementia Collaborative Research Centre/Project Grants.
- The lifestyle engagement activity program (LEAP) development and pilot; Low L, Jeon Y, Camp C, Haertsch M; Dementia Collaborative Research Centre/Assessment and Better Care Grant.
- A systematic review of interventions to change practice in nursing homes; Low L; National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)/Dementia Collaborative Research Centres.
- Identifying desirable outcomes and associated quality indicators in community care; Low L, Brodaty H, Gresham M, Jeon Y; Dementia Collaborative Research Centre/Project Grants.
- An Untapped Resource: Older CALD volunteers - understanding barriers and motivations to volunteering in NSW; Low L, Todaro P, Elias A; Department of Social Services/Ageing Program Applied Research Grants.
- Sydney Multisite Intervention of LaughterBosses and ElderClowns (SMILE): An RCT of humour therapy in residential care; Fleming R, Brodaty H, Low L, Chenoweth L, Spitzer P; National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)/Project Grants.
- Prevention and management of mental disorders in older Australians; Sachdev P, Brodaty H, Andrews G, Troller J, Valenzuela M, Anderson T, Withall A, Menant J, Low L, Lord S, Kochan N; National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)/Capacity Building Grant.
- Community care for the Elderly: Needs and Service Use Study (CENSUS); Brodaty H, Low L, Gresham M; The Hammond Care Group/Research Grant.
- A computer model of service delivery for behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia: a tool for policy makers and service providers; Brodaty H, O'Connor D, Low L, Vickland V; National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)/Dementia Research Team Grants.
- Sydney Multisite Intervention of LaughterBosses and ElderClowns (SMILE) pilot study: humour therapy in residential aged care; Low L, Fleming R, Bell J, Chenoweth L, Brodaty H, Spitzer P; Dementia Collaborative Research Centre/Project Grants.
- Dementia literacy in Greek, Italian and Chinese Australians; Low L, Anstey K; National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)/Dementia Research Team Grants.
Selected publications & creative works
Live and Laugh with Dementia the Essential Guide to Maximising Quality of Life (Exisle Publishing (Australia), 2014)