Associate Professor Sharon Naismith
Director, Clinical Research Unit, Senior Clinical Neuropsychologist
M02 - Mallet Street Campus
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Associate Professor Naismith is the Director of the Clinical Research Unit at the Brain & Mind Research Institute. She is a Clinical Neuropsychologist who also Heads the Healthy Brain Ageing Clinic. Associate Professor Naismith is a member of the Australian Psychological Society and College of Clinical Neuropsychologists. She is also the Postgraduate Coordinator for the Master of Brain and Mind Sciences at the Brain & Mind Research Institute. She provides supervision to postgraduate research and clinical students.
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*
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
NHMRC Career Development Award ($384,160 over 4 years)
* Grants administered through the University of Sydney