Dr Loren Diamond

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Biographical details

Dr Loren Mowszowski is a Clinical Neuropsychologist and an early-career researcher with the School of Psychology, supported by a competitive NHMRC-ARC Dementia Research Development Fellowship. Loren leads the Cognitive Training research stream within the specialised Healthy Brain Ageing Program at the Brain and Mind Centre, University of Sydney.

Loren’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Psychology (Hons) from the University of New South Wales and a Doctor of Psychology (Clinical Neuropsychology) from Macquarie University. She is registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency and a Member of the Australian Psychological Society.

Relative to opportunity, Loren’s track record includes >$2.7M in research funding, >30 peer-reviewed publications, as well as multiple academic and consumer presentations.

Research interests

Loren’s postdoctoral research focuses on developing, evaluating and implementing a range of clinically-relevant cognitive and psychosocial interventions for older adults at risk of developing dementia (e.g. with Mild Cognitive Impairment or late-life depression), or with mild or early-stage dementia. Outcomes of her research include changes in cognition, neurobiological markers, psychological wellbeing, psychosocial engagement, self-efficacy and carer impact.

Loren also has a special interest in promoting the clinical implementation of cognitive interventions within the field of neuropsychology. She is currently Co-chair of a national working party to develop a position paper on this issue for the College of Clinical Neuropsychologists, as well as convenor of a Sydney-based special interest group in this area.

Teaching and supervision

Loren is a lecturer for the Master of Brain and Mind Sciences postgraduate program at the University of Sydney and supervises both research students (i.e. Honours, Masters, PhD) and clinical neuropsychology trainees.

Current projects

Loren is a Chief Investigator on a novel multi-site randomised controlled trial of an Interdisciplinary, Home-bAsed Reablement Program (I-HARP) for people with dementia, funded under the NHMRC Boosting Dementia Research scheme. She is Principal Investigator on the CogMax cognitive training and psychoeducation study, due to commence mid-2018, and she is currently working with Dr Haley LaMonica and Professor Sharon Naismith to develop an online cognitive intervention known as CogNet.

Loren has active clinical research collaborations within the University of Sydney (e.g. School of Nursing; School of Psychology, Faculty of Health Sciences), and with the University of Melbourne and St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney.

Selected grants

2018

  • CogMax: A Healthy Brain Ageing cognitive training and psychoeducation program for older adults � comparing facilitated vs independent delivery; Mowszowski L; Brain and Mind Centre/Research Development Grant.
  • Developing and evaluating an online Healthy Brain Ageing psychoeducation and cognitive training intervention for older adults with Mild Cognitive Impairment; LaMonica H, Mowszowski L, Naismith S; Dementia Australia Research Foundation Ltd/Dementia Grants Program.

2017

  • Optimising functional independence of older persons with dementia: Implementation and Evaluation of the Interdisciplinary Home-bAsed Reablement Program (I-HARP); Jeon Y, Simpson J, Low L, Mowszowski L; National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)/Boosting Dementia Research Grants.

2016

  • Cognitive interventions for older adults at-risk of dementia and with early-stage neurodegenerative disease; Mowszowski L; National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)/NHMRC-ARC Dementia Research Development Fellowships.

2015

  • Cognitive training for older adults ‘at risk’ of dementia and with early-stage neurodegenerative disease; Mowszowski L, Naismith S; Dementia Australia Research Foundation Ltd/Postdoctoral Fellowship in Dementia.

2014

  • An evaluation of Memory Plus: An individualized Memory and Healthy Brain Ageing Program for Parkinson’s Disease; Naismith S, Mowszowski L; Parkinsons New South Wales Incorporated/Research Grants.

Selected publications

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Book Chapters

  • Naismith, S., Mowszowski, L. (2016). Moving beyond mood: Is it time to recommend cognitive training for depression in older adults? In Bernhard T. Baune, Phillip J. Tully (Eds.), Cardiovascular Diseases and Depression: Treatment and Prevention in Psychocardiology, (pp. 365-394). Switzerland: Springer.
  • Diamond, K., Mowszowski, L., Cockayne, N., Norrie, L., Paradise, M., Hermens, D., Lewis, S., McGregor, I., Naismith, S. (2015). Randomized controlled trial of a healthy brain ageing cognitive training program: Effects on memory, mood, and sleep. In Gwenn S. Smith (Eds.), Handbook of Depression in Alzheimer's Disease, (pp. 355-366). Amsterdam: IOS Press. [More Information]

Journals

  • Walton, C., Mowszowski, L., Gilat, M., Hall, J., O'Callaghan, C., Muller, A., Georgiades, M., Szeto, J., Ehgoetz Martens, K., Shine, J., Naismith, S., Lewis, S. (2018). Cognitive training for freezing of gait in Parkinson's disease: a randomized controlled trial. NPJ Parkinson's Disease, 4, 15. [More Information]
  • Jeon, Y., Clemson, L., Naismith, S., Mowszowski, L., McDonagh, N., Mackenzie, M., Dawes, C., Krein, L., Szanton, S. (2018). Improving the social health of community dwelling older people living with dementia through a reablement program. International Psychogeriatrics, 30(6), 915-920. [More Information]
  • Naismith, S., Mowszowski, L. (2018). Sleep disturbance in mild cognitive impairment: a systematic review of recent findings. Current Opinion in Psychiatry, 31(2), 153-159. [More Information]
  • Pons, A., LaMonica, H., Mowszowski, L., Kohler, S., Deckers, K., Naismith, S. (2018). Utility of the LIBRA index in relation to cognitive functioning in a clinical health seeking sample. Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, 62(1), 373-384. [More Information]
  • Walton, C., Naismith, S., Lampit, A., Mowszowski, L., Lewis, S. (2017). Cognitive Training in Parkinson�s Disease: A Theoretical Perspective. Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair, 31(3), 207-216. [More Information]
  • Hill, N., Mowszowski, L., Naismith, S., Chadwick, V., Valenzuela, M., Lampit, A. (2017). Computerized Cognitive Training in Older Adults With Mild Cognitive Impairment or Dementia: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. The American Journal of Psychiatry, 174(4), 329-340. [More Information]
  • LaMonica, H., English, A., Hickie, I., Ip, J., Ireland, C., West, S., Shaw, T., Mowszowski, L., Glozier, N., Duffy, S., Gibson, A., Naismith, S. (2017). Examining Internet and eHealth Practices and Preferences: Survey Study of Australian Older Adults With Subjective Memory Complaints, Mild Cognitive Impairment, or Dementia. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 19(10), 1-16. [More Information]
  • Duffy, S., Lagopoulos, J., Terpening, Z., Lewis, S., Grunstein, R., Mowszowski, L., Cross, N., Hermens, D., Hickie, I., Naismith, S. (2016). Association of Anterior Cingulate Glutathione with Sleep Apnea in Older Adults At-Risk for Dementia. Sleep, 39(4), 899-906. [More Information]
  • Jayaweera, H., Hickie, I., Duffy, S., Mowszowski, L., Norrie, L., Lagopoulos, J., Naismith, S. (2016). Episodic memory in depression: the unique contribution of the anterior caudate and hippocampus. Psychological Medicine, 46(10), 2189-2199. [More Information]
  • Szeto, J., Mowszowski, L., Gilat, M., Walton, C., Naismith, S., Lewis, S. (2016). Mild Cognitive Impairment in Parkinson's Disease: Impact on Caregiver Outcomes. Journal of Parkinson's Disease, 6(3), 589-596. [More Information]
  • Mowszowski, L., Lampit, A., Walton, C., Naismith, S. (2016). Strategy-Based Cognitive Training for Improving Executive Functions in Older Adults: a Systematic Review. Neuropsychology Review, 26(3), 252-270. [More Information]
  • Walton, C., O’Callaghan, C., Hall, J., Gilat, M., Mowszowski, L., Naismith, S., Burrell, J., Shine, J., Lewis, S. (2015). Antisaccade errors reveal cognitive control deficits in Parkinson's disease with freezing of gait. Journal of Neurology, 262(12), 2745-2754. [More Information]
  • Szeto, J., Mowszowski, L., Gilat, M., Walton, C., Naismith, S., Lewis, S. (2015). Assessing the utility of the Movement Disorder Society Task Force Level 1 diagnostic criteria for mild cognitive impairment in Parkinson's disease. Parkinsonism and Related Disorders, 21(1), 31-35. [More Information]
  • Walton, C., Shine, J., Mowszowski, L., Gilat, M., Hall, J., O'Callaghan, C., Naismith, S., Lewis, S. (2015). Impaired cognitive control in Parkinson's disease patients with freezing of gait in response to cognitive load. Journal of Neural Transmission, 122, 653-660. [More Information]
  • Jayaweera, H., Hickie, I., Duffy, S., Hermens, D., Mowszowski, L., Diamond, K., Terpening, Z., Paradise, M., Lewis, S., Lagopoulos, J., Naismith, S. (2015). Mild Cognitive Impairment Subtypes in Older People With Depressive Symptoms: Relationship With Clinical Variables and Hippocampal Change. Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neurology, 28(3), 174-183. [More Information]
  • Diamond, K., Mowszowski, L., Cockayne, N., Norrie, L., Paradise, M., Hermens, D., Lewis, S., Hickie, I., Naismith, S. (2015). Randomized Controlled Trial of a Healthy Brain Ageing Cognitive Training Program: Effects on Memory, Mood, and Sleep. Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, 44, 1181-1191. [More Information]
  • Walton, C., Shine, J., Hall, J., O'Callaghan, C., Mowszowski, L., Gilat, M., Szeto, J., Naismith, S., Lewis, S. (2015). The major impact of freezing of gait on quality of life in Parkinson's disease. Journal of Neurology, 262(1), 108-115. [More Information]
  • Szeto, J., O’Callaghan, C., Shine, J., Walton, C., Mowszowski, L., Naismith, S., Halliday, G., Lewis, S. (2015). The relationships between mild cognitive impairment and phenotype in Parkinson's disease. NPJ Parkinson's Disease, 1, 1-7. [More Information]
  • Elcombe, E., Lagopoulos, J., Mowszowski, L., Diamond, K., Paradise, M., Hickie, I., Lewis, S., Naismith, S. (2014). Clinical and Cognitive Correlates of Structural Hippocampal Change in "At-Risk" Older Adults. Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neurology, 27(2), 67-76. [More Information]
  • Mowszowski, L., Hermens, D., Diamond, K., Norrie, L., Cockayne, N., Ward, P., Hickie, I., Lewis, S., Batchelor, J., Naismith, S. (2014). Cognitive Training Enhances Pre-Attentive Neurophysiological Responses in Older Adults 'At Risk' of Dementia. Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, 41(4), 1095-1108. [More Information]
  • Walton, C., Shine, J., Mowszowski, L., Naismith, S., Lewis, S. (2014). Freezing of gait in Parkinson's disease: Current treatments and the potential role for cognitive training. Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience, 32(3), 411-422. [More Information]
  • Walton, C., Mowszowski, L., Lewis, S., Naismith, S. (2014). Stuck in the mud: time for change in the implementation of cognitive training research in ageing? Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, 6, 1-4. [More Information]
  • Naismith, S., Mowszowski, L., Diamond, K., Lewis, S. (2013). Improving Memory in Parkinson's Disease: A Healthy Brain Ageing Cognitive Training Program. Movement Disorders, 28(8), 1097-1103. [More Information]
  • Mowszowski, L., McDonald, S., Wang, D., Bornhofen, C. (2012). Preferential processing of threatening facial expressions using the repetition blindness paradigm. Cognition and Emotion, 26(7), 1238-1255. [More Information]
  • Mowszowski, L., Hermens, D., Diamond, K., Norrie, L., Hickie, I., Lewis, S., Naismith, S. (2012). Reduced Mismatch Negativity in Mild Cognitive Impairment: Associations with Neuropsychological Performance. Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, 30(1), 209-219. [More Information]
  • Naismith, S., Mowszowski, L., Ward, P., Diamond, K., Paradise, M., Kaur, M., Lewis, S., Hickie, I., Hermens, D. (2012). Reduced temporal mismatch negativity in late-life depression: An event-related potential index of cognitive deficit and functional disability? Journal of Affective Disorders, 138(1-2), 71-78. [More Information]
  • Naismith, S., Norrie, L., Mowszowski, L., Hickie, I. (2012). The neurobiology of depression in later-life: Clinical, neuropsychological, neuroimaging and pathophysiological features. Progress in Neurobiology, 98(1), 99-143. [More Information]
  • Tsang, R., Diamond, K., Mowszowski, L., Lewis, S., Naismith, S. (2012). Using informant reports to detect cognitive decline in mild cognitive impairment. International Psychogeriatrics, 24(6), 967-973. [More Information]
  • Mowszowski, L., Batchelor, J., Naismith, S. (2010). Early intervention for cognitive decline: can cognitive training be used as a selective prevention technique? International Psychogeriatrics, 22(4), 537-548. [More Information]

Conferences

  • Jeon, Y., Clemson, L., Naismith, S., Szanton, S., Simpson, J., Low, L., Mowszowski, L., Gonski, P., Norman, R., Krein, L., et al (2017). Optimising Independence of Older Persons with Cognitive and Functional Decline - Interdisciplinary Home-Based Reablement Program (I-HARP). Alzheimers Association International Conference, London, UK. [More Information]

2018

  • Walton, C., Mowszowski, L., Gilat, M., Hall, J., O'Callaghan, C., Muller, A., Georgiades, M., Szeto, J., Ehgoetz Martens, K., Shine, J., Naismith, S., Lewis, S. (2018). Cognitive training for freezing of gait in Parkinson's disease: a randomized controlled trial. NPJ Parkinson's Disease, 4, 15. [More Information]
  • Jeon, Y., Clemson, L., Naismith, S., Mowszowski, L., McDonagh, N., Mackenzie, M., Dawes, C., Krein, L., Szanton, S. (2018). Improving the social health of community dwelling older people living with dementia through a reablement program. International Psychogeriatrics, 30(6), 915-920. [More Information]
  • Naismith, S., Mowszowski, L. (2018). Sleep disturbance in mild cognitive impairment: a systematic review of recent findings. Current Opinion in Psychiatry, 31(2), 153-159. [More Information]
  • Pons, A., LaMonica, H., Mowszowski, L., Kohler, S., Deckers, K., Naismith, S. (2018). Utility of the LIBRA index in relation to cognitive functioning in a clinical health seeking sample. Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, 62(1), 373-384. [More Information]

2017

  • Walton, C., Naismith, S., Lampit, A., Mowszowski, L., Lewis, S. (2017). Cognitive Training in Parkinson�s Disease: A Theoretical Perspective. Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair, 31(3), 207-216. [More Information]
  • Hill, N., Mowszowski, L., Naismith, S., Chadwick, V., Valenzuela, M., Lampit, A. (2017). Computerized Cognitive Training in Older Adults With Mild Cognitive Impairment or Dementia: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. The American Journal of Psychiatry, 174(4), 329-340. [More Information]
  • LaMonica, H., English, A., Hickie, I., Ip, J., Ireland, C., West, S., Shaw, T., Mowszowski, L., Glozier, N., Duffy, S., Gibson, A., Naismith, S. (2017). Examining Internet and eHealth Practices and Preferences: Survey Study of Australian Older Adults With Subjective Memory Complaints, Mild Cognitive Impairment, or Dementia. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 19(10), 1-16. [More Information]
  • Jeon, Y., Clemson, L., Naismith, S., Szanton, S., Simpson, J., Low, L., Mowszowski, L., Gonski, P., Norman, R., Krein, L., et al (2017). Optimising Independence of Older Persons with Cognitive and Functional Decline - Interdisciplinary Home-Based Reablement Program (I-HARP). Alzheimers Association International Conference, London, UK. [More Information]

2016

  • Duffy, S., Lagopoulos, J., Terpening, Z., Lewis, S., Grunstein, R., Mowszowski, L., Cross, N., Hermens, D., Hickie, I., Naismith, S. (2016). Association of Anterior Cingulate Glutathione with Sleep Apnea in Older Adults At-Risk for Dementia. Sleep, 39(4), 899-906. [More Information]
  • Jayaweera, H., Hickie, I., Duffy, S., Mowszowski, L., Norrie, L., Lagopoulos, J., Naismith, S. (2016). Episodic memory in depression: the unique contribution of the anterior caudate and hippocampus. Psychological Medicine, 46(10), 2189-2199. [More Information]
  • Szeto, J., Mowszowski, L., Gilat, M., Walton, C., Naismith, S., Lewis, S. (2016). Mild Cognitive Impairment in Parkinson's Disease: Impact on Caregiver Outcomes. Journal of Parkinson's Disease, 6(3), 589-596. [More Information]
  • Naismith, S., Mowszowski, L. (2016). Moving beyond mood: Is it time to recommend cognitive training for depression in older adults? In Bernhard T. Baune, Phillip J. Tully (Eds.), Cardiovascular Diseases and Depression: Treatment and Prevention in Psychocardiology, (pp. 365-394). Switzerland: Springer.
  • Mowszowski, L., Lampit, A., Walton, C., Naismith, S. (2016). Strategy-Based Cognitive Training for Improving Executive Functions in Older Adults: a Systematic Review. Neuropsychology Review, 26(3), 252-270. [More Information]

2015

  • Walton, C., O’Callaghan, C., Hall, J., Gilat, M., Mowszowski, L., Naismith, S., Burrell, J., Shine, J., Lewis, S. (2015). Antisaccade errors reveal cognitive control deficits in Parkinson's disease with freezing of gait. Journal of Neurology, 262(12), 2745-2754. [More Information]
  • Szeto, J., Mowszowski, L., Gilat, M., Walton, C., Naismith, S., Lewis, S. (2015). Assessing the utility of the Movement Disorder Society Task Force Level 1 diagnostic criteria for mild cognitive impairment in Parkinson's disease. Parkinsonism and Related Disorders, 21(1), 31-35. [More Information]
  • Walton, C., Shine, J., Mowszowski, L., Gilat, M., Hall, J., O'Callaghan, C., Naismith, S., Lewis, S. (2015). Impaired cognitive control in Parkinson's disease patients with freezing of gait in response to cognitive load. Journal of Neural Transmission, 122, 653-660. [More Information]
  • Jayaweera, H., Hickie, I., Duffy, S., Hermens, D., Mowszowski, L., Diamond, K., Terpening, Z., Paradise, M., Lewis, S., Lagopoulos, J., Naismith, S. (2015). Mild Cognitive Impairment Subtypes in Older People With Depressive Symptoms: Relationship With Clinical Variables and Hippocampal Change. Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neurology, 28(3), 174-183. [More Information]
  • Diamond, K., Mowszowski, L., Cockayne, N., Norrie, L., Paradise, M., Hermens, D., Lewis, S., Hickie, I., Naismith, S. (2015). Randomized Controlled Trial of a Healthy Brain Ageing Cognitive Training Program: Effects on Memory, Mood, and Sleep. Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, 44, 1181-1191. [More Information]
  • Diamond, K., Mowszowski, L., Cockayne, N., Norrie, L., Paradise, M., Hermens, D., Lewis, S., McGregor, I., Naismith, S. (2015). Randomized controlled trial of a healthy brain ageing cognitive training program: Effects on memory, mood, and sleep. In Gwenn S. Smith (Eds.), Handbook of Depression in Alzheimer's Disease, (pp. 355-366). Amsterdam: IOS Press. [More Information]
  • Walton, C., Shine, J., Hall, J., O'Callaghan, C., Mowszowski, L., Gilat, M., Szeto, J., Naismith, S., Lewis, S. (2015). The major impact of freezing of gait on quality of life in Parkinson's disease. Journal of Neurology, 262(1), 108-115. [More Information]
  • Szeto, J., O’Callaghan, C., Shine, J., Walton, C., Mowszowski, L., Naismith, S., Halliday, G., Lewis, S. (2015). The relationships between mild cognitive impairment and phenotype in Parkinson's disease. NPJ Parkinson's Disease, 1, 1-7. [More Information]

2014

  • Elcombe, E., Lagopoulos, J., Mowszowski, L., Diamond, K., Paradise, M., Hickie, I., Lewis, S., Naismith, S. (2014). Clinical and Cognitive Correlates of Structural Hippocampal Change in "At-Risk" Older Adults. Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neurology, 27(2), 67-76. [More Information]
  • Mowszowski, L., Hermens, D., Diamond, K., Norrie, L., Cockayne, N., Ward, P., Hickie, I., Lewis, S., Batchelor, J., Naismith, S. (2014). Cognitive Training Enhances Pre-Attentive Neurophysiological Responses in Older Adults 'At Risk' of Dementia. Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, 41(4), 1095-1108. [More Information]
  • Walton, C., Shine, J., Mowszowski, L., Naismith, S., Lewis, S. (2014). Freezing of gait in Parkinson's disease: Current treatments and the potential role for cognitive training. Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience, 32(3), 411-422. [More Information]
  • Walton, C., Mowszowski, L., Lewis, S., Naismith, S. (2014). Stuck in the mud: time for change in the implementation of cognitive training research in ageing? Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, 6, 1-4. [More Information]

2013

  • Naismith, S., Mowszowski, L., Diamond, K., Lewis, S. (2013). Improving Memory in Parkinson's Disease: A Healthy Brain Ageing Cognitive Training Program. Movement Disorders, 28(8), 1097-1103. [More Information]

2012

  • Mowszowski, L., McDonald, S., Wang, D., Bornhofen, C. (2012). Preferential processing of threatening facial expressions using the repetition blindness paradigm. Cognition and Emotion, 26(7), 1238-1255. [More Information]
  • Mowszowski, L., Hermens, D., Diamond, K., Norrie, L., Hickie, I., Lewis, S., Naismith, S. (2012). Reduced Mismatch Negativity in Mild Cognitive Impairment: Associations with Neuropsychological Performance. Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, 30(1), 209-219. [More Information]
  • Naismith, S., Mowszowski, L., Ward, P., Diamond, K., Paradise, M., Kaur, M., Lewis, S., Hickie, I., Hermens, D. (2012). Reduced temporal mismatch negativity in late-life depression: An event-related potential index of cognitive deficit and functional disability? Journal of Affective Disorders, 138(1-2), 71-78. [More Information]
  • Naismith, S., Norrie, L., Mowszowski, L., Hickie, I. (2012). The neurobiology of depression in later-life: Clinical, neuropsychological, neuroimaging and pathophysiological features. Progress in Neurobiology, 98(1), 99-143. [More Information]
  • Tsang, R., Diamond, K., Mowszowski, L., Lewis, S., Naismith, S. (2012). Using informant reports to detect cognitive decline in mild cognitive impairment. International Psychogeriatrics, 24(6), 967-973. [More Information]

2010

  • Mowszowski, L., Batchelor, J., Naismith, S. (2010). Early intervention for cognitive decline: can cognitive training be used as a selective prevention technique? International Psychogeriatrics, 22(4), 537-548. [More Information]

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