Dr Nicole Kochan

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Phone: + 61 2 9385 0417

Personal Profile Link

http://www.cheba.unsw.edu.au/people/dr-nicole-kochan

Qualifications

BSc (Psychol) (Hons), M Sc (Clin Neuropsych), PhD

DCRC role / affiliation

DCRC-ABC, Research Collaborator

Other roles / affiliations

Research Fellow, School of Psychiatry, UNSW

Profile

Dr Nicole Kochan is an NHMRC Early Career Research Fellow at CHeBA, UNSW and Clinical Neuropsychologist at the Neuropsychiatric Institute, Prince of Wales Hospital. She is the leader of the neuropsychology arm of the Sydney Memory and Ageing Study and a chief investigator of the Sydney Centenarian Study.

Nicole’s major interest is improving the clinical diagnosis of mild neurocognitive disorders in the elderly using neuropsychological assessment. Her PhD focused on the development of a “memory stress test” in conjunction with functional MRI to detect brain abnormalities at the very earliest stages of dementia before a clinical diagnosis is made.

Her current research is focused on early identification of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias through the development of sensitive cognitive measures, including computerised tests and the establishment of Australian neuropsychological normative data.

Her research also addresses the challenge of diagnosing cognitive impairment in individuals from cultural and linguistic diverse minorities (CALD) by examining specific cultural, linguistic and educational factors that may influence cognitive performance.

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