Associate Professor Sharon Naismith

Director, Clinical Research Unit, Senior Clinical Neuropsychologist
Brain & Mind Research Institute, Sydney Medical School

M02 - Mallet Street Campus
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia

T: +61 2 9351 0781
F: +61 2 9351 0855

Biographical details

Research interests

Associate Professor Naismith is a Clinical Neuropsychologist and her research interests are in late-life neurodegenerative and neuropsychiatric disorders particularly Parkinson's Disease, Mild Cognitive Impairment and late-life depression. Her work incorporates multiple facets of these disorders including sleep-wake disturbance, cognition, neuroimaging and genetics. She is also pioneering a Healthy Brain Ageing Cognitive Training for older people is interested in testing early intervention paradigms for older people at risk of dementia.

Current national competitive grants*


NeuroSLEEP: the Centre for Translational Sleep and Circadian Neurobiology
Grunstein R, Wilson Rajaratnam S, Naismith S, Eckert D, Lewis S, Glozier N, Cistulli P, Wong K, Marshall N, Robinson P
NHMRC Centres of Research Excellence ($2,496,739 over 5 years)


An RCT of the efficacy of adjunctive internet based CBTi in treating depression and anxiety in older men
Glozier N, Christensen H, Griffiths K, Naismith S, Hickie I
Beyondblue: The National Depression Initiative, Research Support ($391,364 over 3 years)


The Impact of Oxytocin (OT) on Social Cognition and Cognitive Remediation in Schizophrenia
Guastella A, Langdon R, Scott E, Ward P, Naismith S, Hodge M
Australian Research Council Linkage Project ($294,292 over 3 years)

Mediators of cognitive decline and neuroplasticity in older people with depression and early neurodegenerative disease
Naismith S
NHMRC Career Development Award ($384,160 over 4 years)

* Grants administered through the University of Sydney