Dr Moyra Mortby is an NHMRC-ARC Dementia Research Development Fellow at the Centre for Research on Ageing, Health and Wellbeing (CRAHW), The Australian National University. She was awarded her PhD with Laudatio Magna Cum Laude from the University of Zurich, Switzerland for her research on apathy and depression in Mild Cognitive Impairment and Alzheimer’s disease, and completed her MSc in Research Methods in Psychology and BSc in Criminology and Psychology both at Keele University, UK.
Dr Mortby joined CRAHW in 2011 as a post-doctoral research fellow to work on a Dementia Collaborative Research Centre – Early Diagnosis and Prevention project to work on the ANDI project. As part of this project she studied the use of normative structural imaging databases to assess brain ageing across the adult lifespan. She has since also held an Alzheimer’s Australia Dementia Research Foundation Fellowship. This fellowship focused on the investigation of neuropsychiatric symptoms in pre-clinical stages of dementia. Dr Mortby is the recipient of the 2015 New Investigator Award by the International Society to Advance Alzheimer’s Research and Treatment (ISTAART) and the Neuropsychiatric Syndromes in Neurodegenerative Diseases Professional Interest Area.
Dr Mortby has driven the development of a research program on neuropsychiatric symptoms in dementia at CRAHW, leading a number of research projects investigating neuropsychiatric symptoms in dementia and pre-clinical stages of dementia, both in community-based and residential care settings. Her research interests cover behavioural, social and care aspects of dementia.
- Cognitive decline and dementia
- Neuropsychiatric Symptoms of Dementia (also referred to as Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia)
- Mild Behavioural Impairment
- Social and care aspects of dementia