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Dr Louisa Selvadurai is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Mechanisms of Neurodegeneration Lab (Harding Group) within the Department of Neuroscience, Central Clinical School. 

Dr Selvadurai completed the Doctor of Psychology (Clinical Neuropsychology) in 2020, with a thesis focused on the analysis of MRI data to understand brain white matter pathways in Friedreich ataxia. She also undertook a Fulbright Future Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at within the Department of Neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, USA between July 2021 and May 2022. 

Dr Selvadurai's research focusses on better understanding the cognitive and affective manifestations of ataxias and other disorders of the cerebellum, and on tracking how these and other symptoms of the disorders change over time using computer-based, remote assessments. 

Dr Selvadurai runs the "SCA-Remote" study, investigating monthly changes in movement, speech, cognitive, and affective function in individuals with spinocerebellar ataxia types 1, 2, 3, and 6. Learn about the study here: https://www.monash.edu/medicine/ccs/neuroscience/research/harding-group/spinocerebellar-ataxias-remote-assessment-study

Education/Academic qualification

Neuropsychology, Doctor of Psychology (Clinical Neuropsychology), MONASH UNIVERSITY


Award Date: 19 Aug 2020

Bachelor of Behavioural Neuroscience (Honours) (Psychology), MONASH UNIVERSITY


Award Date: 7 Dec 2015

External positions

Affiliate Research Fellow, Massachusetts General Hospital

26 May 202225 May 2024

Research area keywords

  • Spinocerebellar ataxia
  • Friedreich ataxia
  • Cerebellum
  • Neuropsychology
  • Cognition
  • Neuropsychiatry
  • Ataxia
  • Digital monitoring
  • Computerised cognitive assessment
  • Online research


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