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Professor Peter Rendell

Professor Peter Rendell

Director, Professor Peter Rendell is a globally recognised leader in research involving cognitive ageing, and particularly prospective memory (remembering to do things in the future like taking medication and going to appointments). Recently Peter has investigated the impact of ageing on emotion processing. His research also looks at memory in other groups including children, pregnant women, people with autism, chronic heart failure and substance use.

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Dr Gill Terrett

Dr Gill Terrett

Co-Director, Dr Gill Terrett, started her career as an Educational Psychologist and this has influenced her research today. Gill’s research focuses on cognitive functioning in children with autism and adult substance users. Gill is particularly interested in cognitive processes that impact people’s daily living.

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Dr Skye McLennan

Dr Skye McLennan

Research Fellow, Dr Skye McLennan is a registered psychologist whose research focuses on social cognition and high level cognitive skills such as executive functions and prospective memory in a range of groups including patients with cardiovascular disease, older adults, opiate users and children who are experiencing slow academic progress.

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Dr Megan Willis

Dr Megan Willis

Research Fellow, Dr Megan Willis’ research interests lie in the areas of social cognition, emotion processing and cognitive neuropsychology, in particular the cognitive and neural mechanisms involved in facial expression processing and social decision-making.

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Dr Izelle Labuschagne

Dr Izelle Labuschagne

Research Fellow, Dr Izelle Labuschagne, is a clinical neuroscientist who joined the group in August 2014, and brings expertise in social cognition, brain imaging, and neuropsychopharmacological techniques, for example how medication, disease and disorders affect cognitive and emotional processes.

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Dr Nathan Rose

Dr Nathan Rose

Dr Nathan Rose conducts research on the cognitive neuroscience of memory and ageing. He investigates the neurocognitive processes that support working memory, long-term memory, and prospective memory in healthy young adults and older adults and patients with Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, or amnesia. His research also investigates cognitive theories and cognitive training methods.

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Professor Matthias Kliegel

Professor Matthias Kliegel

Professor Matthias Kliegel is an International Professorial Research Fellow within our Centre at ACU. Matthias holds a chair in cognitive ageing at Geneva University in Switzerland, and is a leading international researcher in prospective memory and cognitive training.


Jennie Matthews

Jennie Matthews

Jennie Matthews is the Centre’s Project Officer. Jennie works closely with the Centre’s researchers to support research projects and grants. She also coordinates the marketing of the Centre to profile research excellence. Jennie manages the administration of the Centre including research budgets and experimental equipment.