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Kerryn Pike, DPsych (Clin Neuro)
La Trobe University
Areas of Interest:
neuropsychology, preclinical stages of Alzheimer’s disease, cognitive interventions, memory strategies, subjective cognitive decline, mild cognitive impairment, Alzheimer’s disease, memory, cognition, amyloid imaging, aging, other dementias
Biography & Research:
Dr Kerryn Pike is a Clinical Neuropsychologist and research fellow at La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia. She obtained her DPsych in Clinical Neuropsychology at Monash University, Melbourne, in 2008 on the topic of “Neuropsychological Characterisation of Preclinical Alzheimer’s Disease”. Her doctoral work was conducted in conjunction with the Centre for PET, Austin Health, Melbourne, where she continued working, attaining the position of Senior Neuropsychology Research Officer. Dr Pike was involved in providing the neuropsychology input for numerous (neuroimaging and cognition) research projects, including a senior role within the Australian Imaging Biomarkers and Lifestyle (AIBL) Study of Ageing, and continues to collaborate with the AIBL team. Dr Pike’s work at La Trobe University has had a focus on cognitive interventions since coming to La Trobe University, where she completed her postdoctoral work examining a randomised controlled trial of memory strategies for older adults at risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. Dr Pike has published 38 papers in the international peer reviewed literature to date. She frequently presents her work at national and international conferences, as well as giving invited talks to various research institutes, education days, and community groups. She reviews submissions for 9 different journals, as well as Australian granting bodies, and conferences. She is a member of the NHMRC research translation faculty. She has been involved in the translation of research from a randomised controlled trial of memory management to practice, with the program running at Alzheimer’s Australia Victoria, as well as through the postgraduate program at La Trobe University. Dr Pike has supervised 5 Honours, 3 Masters, and 3 Doctoral students to completion, and continues supervising new students. Dr Pike’s research focuses around characterising the neuropsychological profile of people at increased risk for developing dementia, examining the relationship between neuropsychology and biomarkers in this group, and determining what can be done to minimise risk (cognitive interventions).