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Dr Emily Rosenich (she/her) is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Neuropsychology within the Turner Institute for Brain and Mental Health in the School of Psychological Sciences. Her research investigates vascular, lifestyle and genetic contributors to cognitive decline and dementia. Emily has a particular research focus on investigating the synergistic effects of vascular risk factors and APOE E4 carriage on cognitive impairment and decline across the lifespan. 

A large portion of Emily's work also involves the management, facilitation and analysis of data within a large, NHMRC-funded randomised controlled trial (BetterBrains) to delay cognitive decline in middle-aged adults with a family history of dementia.

Emily completed her PhD in clinical neuroscience and rehabilitation at the University of South Australia in late 2020, where her research aimed to disentangle the relationship between cognitive reserve and recovery following stroke. Her research also focused on understanding the interaction between cognitive reserve and functional connectivity on motor recovery throughout the first 3-months post-stroke.

Emily has strong research interests in the areas of cognitive and vascular disorders, non-modifiable (e.g. genetic) and modifiable (i.e. vascular, lifestyle) moderators of neurodegenerative disease progression and cognitive impairment/decline, psychometrics and statistical modelling, and the design and implementation of digital (remote) interventions to promote modifiable lifestyle changes.

In addition to her scientific work, Emily is a strong advocate for quality science, science communication and increasing community engagement with scientific concepts and research. She frequently initiates community events aimed at increasing the dementia literacy of the general public. She is also involved in initatives encouraging Australian youth, particularly young women and girls, to become involved and interested in neuroscience and other science-based careers.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Psychology, Bachelor of Psychology (Honours), University of South Australia

… → 2016

Award Date: 1 Nov 2016

Clinical Neuroscience/Health Sciences, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University of South Australia

… → 2020

Research area keywords

  • Dementia
  • Cognition
  • Ageing
  • Modifiable risk factors
  • Non-modifiable risk factors
  • Dementia Prevention
  • Stroke
  • Lifestyle
  • Digital interventions

Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

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