Researcher biography

Dr Nadeeka Dissanayaka is a NHMRC Boosting Dementia Research Leadership Fellow leading the Dementia & Neuro Mental Health Research Unit 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. Her research involves multidisciplinary areas ranging from basic science (eg: pharmacology, genetics, cognitive neuroscience, neuroimaging) to clinical science and medicine (eg: psychology, psychiatry, neurology, and clinical trials).

Ageing, Mental Health, and Neurodegenerative diseases such as Dementia and Parkinson's disease are key areas of Dr Dissanayaka's research. Her primary research themes include:

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

2. Development of a Mental Health Benchmarking Industry Specific Tool for Residential Aged Care (MHICare Project)

3. Interventions including Virtual reality and Social interventions (Good Neighbour Program) in Residential Aged Care.

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

5. Neurobiological Underpinnings of Cognitive and Emotional Impairment in Dementia and Parkinson's disease (neuroimaging studies).