Researcher biography

Dr Nadeeka Dissanayaka is a Senior Research Fellow leading the Neuro Mental Health research program within Clinical Neurosciences theme at the University of Queensland Centre for Clinical Research. She is an affiliate research fellow at School of Psychology, UQ, and Department of Neurology, Royal Brisbane & Women's Hospital. Dr Dissanayaka is a current recipient of the NHMRC Boosting Dementia Research Leadership Fellowship and Lions Medical Research Fellowship. Her research involves multidisciplinary areas ranging from basic science (eg: pharmacology, physiology, genetics, neuroimaging) to clinical science and medicine (eg: epidemiology, psychology, psychiatry, neurology, cognitive neuroscience, neuroimaging and addiction).

Dementia and Parkinson's disease are key areas of Dr Disssanayaka's research. Her primary research themes include:

1. Evaluation and Treatment of Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms in Dementia (BPSD), with special focus on anxiety and depression.

2. Mental Health Benchmarking and Interventions including Virtual reality and Social interventions (Good Neighbour Program) in Residential Aged Care.

3. Neuropsychiatric Manifestations in Parkinson's disease including anxiety, depression, cognitive dysfunction, sleep and impulse control disorders.

4. Neurobiological Underpinning of Cognitive and Emotionl Impairment in Dementia and Parkinson's disease (neuroimaging studies).