Associate Professor Nadeeka Dissanayaka and Gabriela Pacas Fronza will be presenting this seminar on the development and testing of a new psychotherapy intervention to reduce anxiety in people living with cognitive impairment. They will present technological innovations such as telehealth, a new digital platform and a new voice APP delivered via digital devices to assist psychotherapy. A randomised controlled clinical trial is currently underway to test the new intervention.

Nadeeka Dissanayaka Associate Professor Nadeeka Dissanayaka is a NHMCR Boosting Dementia Research Leadership Fellow and group leader at the University of Queensland Centre for Clinical Research. She directs the Dementia & Neuro Mental Health Research Unit. She has a long standing collaboration with the Department of Neurology, RBWH and in actively involved in a number of collaborative research projects in ageing, mental health and neurodegenerative conditions.

Gabriela Pacas FronzaGabriela Pacas Fronza is a Mental Health Counsellor and has just successfully submitted her thesis examining anxiety in people living with cognitive impairment. Her preliminary work led to the development of the MRFF funded Technology assisted cognitive behavioural therapy program for people living with cognitive impairment.

About UQCCR and RBWH Neurosciences Seminar Series

UQCCR and RBWH Neurosciences Seminar Series

The UQ Centre of Clinical Research (UQCCR) and Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital Neurology department have partnered to present a monthly seminar series with the aim to facilitate greater links between neurologists and basic neuroscientists; encouraging collaborations as well as synergy within our neurosciences group. The series is hybrid held in person and via Teams.

Each Month on Thursdays we showcase different research topics: 

  • First Thursday - Stroke 
  • Second Thursday - Motor neurone disease
  • Third Thursday - Epilepsy
  • Fourth Thursday - Movement disorders
  • Fifth Thursday - Multiple sclerosis



Online via Teams: Meeting ID: 425 105 729 330 Passcode: PdvYvw