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Jeofrey Abalos

Masters in Population Studies, University of the Philippines

Location:  School of Demography, ANU 

Research interests: Population ageing and Health Status of Older People

Thesis title: Changing health status and health expectancy among older persons in the Philippines

Supervisor: Associate Professor Heather Booth 

Co-supervisor: Professor Zhongwei Zhao


Muhammad Absor

MSR (Hons) ANU

Location:  School of Demography, ANU

Research interests: Ageing population, child protection, youth employment, islamic welfare institutions and social policy

Thesis title:  Ageing in rural Indonesia: Filling the gaps to meet the bio-psychosocial-spiritual needs of older persons

Supervisor: Professor Peter McDonald

Co-supervisor: Dr Iwu Utomo Dr Arianne Utomo


Victoria Allen

BPsych (Hons) Flinders University

Location:  School of Psychology, Flinders University

Research interests: Interplay between emotions, stress and psychopathology, age differences in daily emotional experience, and use of emotion regulation strategies.

Thesis title:  Daily stress regulation in younger and older adults: An intesive micro-longitudinal study

Supervisor: Dr Tim Windsor

Co-supervisor: Professor Mary Luszcz


Natalia Aranco

MEc Universidad de Montevideo

Location: School of Economics, The University of New South Wales

Research interests: Health economics, mortality and education.

Thesis title: Assessing the impact of fertility differentials in the accumulation of human capital.

Supervisor: Professor John Piggott

Co-supervisor: Dr Shiko Maruyama


Richard Arthur

BSc (Hons) ANU

Location: Centre for Research on Ageing, Health and Wellbeing, Australian National University

Research interests: Anxiety, stress and other psychological conditions impacting healthy ageing.

Thesis title: Is anxiety a risk factor in cognitive ageing?

Supervisor: Professor Kaarin Anstey

Advisors: Dr Moyra Mortby, Dr Richard Burns and A/Professor Richard O’Kearney


Bianca Bonollo

BSC Economics (University od Padua, Italy) MSC Economics (University of Venice, Italy)

Location: School of Economics, UNSW

Research Interests: Economic modelling and statistical data analysis for social issues, behavioural economics

Thesis title: Is having (many) children an insurance for old age?

Supervisor: Dr. Loretti Isabella Dobrescu

Co-supervisor: Prof. John Piggott


Johanne Brady

BA (Hons) UNSW

Location: Faculty Health Sciences, The University of Sydney

Research interests: Genrontology, ageing and health

Thesis title: Meanings of Parkinson’s disease in an Australian community setting from the perspectives of people diagnosed and partner-carers

Supervisor: Associate Professor Kate O’Loughlin

Co-supervisor: Dr J Smith-Merry


Bridget Browne

BEc, FIAA, FIA, Actuaire (IA)

Location: School of Demography, Australian National University

Thesis title: Long Term Care in Australia: what place for insurance?

Supervisor: Professor Heather Booth 

Co-Supervisor: Professor Michael Sherris, Dr Tim Higgins and Dr Anna Howe


Cassie Curryer

B Social Sciences (Hons), Adv Dip Local Family and App Histoy

Location: Unviersity of Newcastle

Research Interests:  Ageing, home environment and behavioural/physical adaption, use of home and community services, housing patters.

Thesis title: A view of home: Older people, housing and social policy in Australia

Supervisor: Professor Julie Byles

Co-supervisor: Professor Mel Gray


Rachel Curtis

BPsych (Hons) Flinders University

Location: Flinders Centre for Ageing Studies, School of Pyschology, Flinders University

Research Interests:  Cognitive Ageing, Subjective Well-being in Older Adults, Longitudinal Research Methods

Thesis Title:  Do perceptions of control predict activity engagement in older adults?

Supervisor: Dr Tim Windsor

Co-supervisor: Professor Mary Luszcz


Arpita Das

BSc University of Calrutta; MSc Vidyasagar University; MPhil University of Sydney

Location: School of Life and Environmental Science, The University of Sydney

Research interests: Ageing, geriatric nutrition, public Health and nutrition, appetite - including obesity and chronic disease

Thesis Title: Micronutrient status and its effect on physical activity, muscle strength, health related quality of life, frailty and mortality among older men living in Australia: The Concord Health and Ageing in Men Project.

Supervisor: Dr Vasant Hirani

Co-supervisor: Prof. Robert Cumming


Dorothy Dudley

BBus (Marketing) UTS; MASS, ACAP

Location: Faculty of Health Sciences, The University of Sydney

Research interests: Productive Ageing

Thesis title: Understanding the existence and nature of personal goals in retirement and their relationship with life satisfaction - An Australian perspective.

Supervisor: Kate O'Loughlin

Co-supervisor: Dr Vanessa Loh


Parivash Eftekhari

PhD, TMU Iran

Location: Research Centre for Gender Health and Ageing, The University of Newcastle

Research interests: Asthma quality care, older adults (geriatric), quality care and barriers to deliver care esepcially in older adults

Thesis title: Quality care in older Australian women with asthma

Supervisor: Professor Julie Byles

Co-supervisor: Ms Peta Forder and Dr Melissa Harris


Pushpani Herath

MBBS Sri Jayawardenepura, Sri Lanka, MSc University of Texas

Location: Centre for Research on Ageing, Health and Wellbeing, Australian National University

Research interests: Cardiovascular health and cognition

Thesis title: Understanding the relationship between treatment of common chronic diseases and cognitive function

Supervisor: Professor Kaarin Anstey

Co-Supervisor: Dr Nicolas Cherbuin


Tin Long Ho

BCom (Hons) University of Melbourne

Location:  School of Risk and Actuarial Studies, UNSW Sydney

Research interests: Mortality/morbidity modelling, pricing and design of well-designed financials products

Thesis Title: Retirement financial planning in China: The role of housing and new retirement financial products

Supervisors: Professor Hazel Bateman, Professor Hanming Fang and Dr Katja Hanewald


Aliza Hunt

BA(Hons) Psychology, ANU; Dip Modern Languages (Indonesian), University of Melbourne.

Location: Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University

Research interests: Ageing, mental health, cross-cultural assessment, Indonesia, treatment, policy evaluation

Thesis title: Meeting the Mental Health Needs of Elderly Indonesians 

 Professor Peter McDonald and Professor Zachary Steel

Co-supervisor: Professor Phil Batterham and Dr Steve McEachern


Lily O'Donoughue-Jenkins

BA/BSC (Psychology), BSC Psychology (Hons) ANU

Location: ANU, Centre for Research on Ageing, Health and Wellbeing (ANU College of Medicine, Biology and Environment)

Research interests: Dementia, Policy and Health Service Usage (Psychology Research)

Thesis title: Cognitive impairment and service use: Translating research for policy

Supervisor: Professor Kaarin Anstey


Xiaoguang Jia

BS Fudan University, MS Fudan University

Location: ANU, School of Demography

Research interests: Mortality, population ageing, decision making, sociocybernetics

Thesis title: A socioybernetic framework of life course: modelling the individula decion-making process

Supervisor: Professor Zhongwei Zhao


Neil Jeyasingam

BCom (Hons) UNSW, MBBS, BSc (Med) UNSW, MPsych, Institute of Psychiatry, MBus (Health Admin), UTAS Cert(POA), FRANZCP, RANZCP

Location: The University of Sydney

Research interests: Ageing and health

Thesis title: Attitudes to Ageing: Factors contributing to optimal mental health in older persons

Supervisor: A/Prof Kate O'Loughlin

Co-supervisor: A/Prof Lynda Matthews


Marijan Jukic

PhD (Zagreb), MSc (Southampton), MSc and BSc (Zagreb)

Location: University of Melbourne, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health

Research interests: Ageing, aged care, agent based modelling

Thesis title: Modelling residential aged care in Australia

Supervisor: Professor Peter McDonald

Co-supervisor: Associate Professor Jeromey Temple


Yulong Li

MA Economics (CUFE)

Location:  School of Risk and Actuarial Studies, UNSW Sydney

Research interests: Longevity risk modeling and management

Thesis Title: Retirement income product development – new methodologies and innovative solutions

Supervisor: Professor Michael Sherris

Co-supervisors: Dr Jonathan Ziveyi and Dr Andres Villegas


Kate Milledge

BND (Hons.) University of Wollongong

Location: Concord Repatriation General Hospital

Research interests: Nutrition in older men

Thesis title: Study of the inter-relationships between food choice, nutritional status, oral health, frailty and polypharmacy among older Australian men

Supervisor: Dr Vasant Hirani

Co-supervisor: Professor Robert Cumming and Dr Fiona O’Leary


Cathy Monro

BCom (Hons) UNSW, Bachelor of International and Global Studies (Hons) USyd

Location: Ageing and Health Research Team, Faculty of Health Sciences, The University of Sydney

Research interests: Public policy, aged care policies and implications

Thesis title: The changing nature of aged care in Australia: A qualitative investigation of residential aged care policies and implications

Supervisor: A/Prof Kate O'Loughlin

Co-supervisor: A/Prof Lee-Fay Low


Lara Morris

BSc (Psych) (Hons), MClinPsych

Location: Centre for Research on Ageing, Health and Wellbeing, Australian National University

Research interests: Health behaviours across the life course

Thesis title: Adverse childhood experiences and lifestyle risk factors for chronic disease over the life course

Supervisor: Professor Kaarin Anstey

Co-supervisor: Dr Kim Kiely and Dr Kerry Sargent-Cox


Arm Nakornthab

MA (UVa.)

Location: College of Business and Economics, Australian National University

Research interests: Macroeconomic policy on ageing economy

Thesis title: Social Security under Integration of Big and Small Countries in Ageing Economy: Who Gains and Who Loses

Supervisor: Dr Cagri Kumru


Claire O'Connor

B. Science (Medical Science) UWS, M. Occupational Therapy (Hons) USyd

Location: Ageing, Work and Health Research Unity, Faculty of Health Sciences, The University of Sydney

Research interests: Frontotemporal demetia, young onset dementia, behaviour, activities of daily living, severe stage dementia

Thesis title: Understanding behaviour and function in frontotemporal dementia (FTD): Developing better assessments and intervention approaches

Supervisor: Professor Lindy Clemson

Co-supervisors: Dr Eneida Mioshi, Professor Henry Brodaty, A/Professor Olivier Piguet and A/Professor Kate O’Loughlin


Mijanur Rahman

MSc in Gerontology, The University of South Hampton, UK

Location: RCGHA, University of Newcastle

Research interests: Healthcare modelling, ageing, health and disability

Thesis title: Modelling trajectories to aged care service use among older Australian women

Supervisor: Professor Julie Byles

Co-Supervisor: Professor Jimmy Efird


David Rodgers

BEcon (Hons)- University of Queensland

Location:  School of Economics, UNSW Business School

Research interests:  Macroeconomics, demographic change, fiscal policy

Thesis title: Demographic change and optimal policy responses

Supervisor: Alan Woodland

Co-supervisor: George Kudrna


Quang Trinh

BA in Sociology, Vietnam National University; master of Social Sciences, National University of Singapore

Location: Centre for Research on Ageing, Health and Wellbeing, Australian National University

Research interests: Population ageing, elderly, healthy ageing, social gerontology and intergenerational relationships

Thesis title: Ageing and intergenerational relationships in Vietnam

Supervisor: Professor Hal Kendig

Co-supervisor: Professor Peter McDonald, A/Professor Minh Huu Nguyen and Dr Vasoontara Yiengprugsawan


Saraswathy Venkataraman

BA Occupational Therapy, MHSc Gerontology

Location: Monash University, Malaysia

Thesis title: Understanding risk of injury among the older population residing in long-term aged care facilities in the Klang Valley area (Malaysia)

Supervisor: Professor Helen Bartlett

Co-supervisors: A/Professor Jennie Oxley, A/Professor Louise Farnworth and Professor Lesley Day


Cheng Wan

BSc (Information and Computational), Wuhan University; MStat, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

Location:  School of Risk and Actuarial Studies, UNSW Business School

Research interests:  Longevity risk management, mortality and population dynamics modelling, economics of population ageing, pricing and design of retirement financial products

Thesis title: Behavioural Insights for Retirement Planning in China

Supervisor: Dr Katja Hanewald

Co-supervisor: Professor Hazel Bateman and Professor Hanming Fang


Shannon Webb

B. Science (Advanced) (Hons), Australian National University

Location:  The University of Sydney

Research interests:  Dementia, ageing, cognitive decline, MCI, depression, cognitive interventions

Thesis title: The relationship between depressed mood and outcomes of cognitive training in older adults

Supervisor: Damian Birney, Amit Lampit

Co-supervisor: Vanessa Loh


Jacqueline Wesson

BAppSc (Occupational Therapy)- Cumberland College; MA (Education & Work)- Macquarie University

Location:  Ageing Work and Health Research Unit, Faculty of Health Sciences, The University of Sydney 

Research interests:  Mild cognitive impairment, dementia, functional performance of everyday tasks, tailored activity prescription for behaviour management in dementia, environmental interventions to optimise functioning, assessment of functional cognition, occupational therapy.

Thesis title: Functional cognition in older adults with mild cognitive impairment or early dementia: Validity of the large Allen’s Cognitive Level Screen (Version 5) (LACLS-5)

Supervisor: Associate Professor Lindy Clemson

Co-supervisor: Professor Henry Brodaty and Dr Simone Reppermund


Daniel Wheadon


Location:  UNSW Business School 

Thesis title: Demographic Change and Optimal Policy Response

Supervisor: Professor Alan Woodland

Co-supervisor: Dr George Kudrna


Lynda Woodward

BSc(Biotech)(Hons), University of Newcastle; UBPhysio, University of Newcastle

Location:  Faculty of Health Sciences, The University of Sydney 

Research interests:  Ageing, health, falls prevention, exercise, qualitative studies

Thesis title: Exploring perceptions and experiences of older people in the "Stepping On after hip fracture" program

Supervisor: Associate Professor Lindy Clemson

Co-supervisor: Associate Professor Catherine Sherrington and Associate Professor Karen Willis


Mengyi Xu

Bcom Hons (UNSW)

Location: University of New South Wales, UNSW Business School, School of Risk and Actuarial Studies

Thesis title: The Role of Housing in Retirement Savings

Supervisor: Professor Michael Sherris 

Co-Supervisors: Dr Adam Wenqiang Shao and Dr Jennifer Alonso García


Yajing Xu

BCom (Hon), UNSW; Master, Central University of Finance and Economics 

Location: University of New South Wales, UNSW Business School, School of Risk and Actuarial Studies

Research interests: Pricing of longevity risk

Thesis title: Cohort models of mortality and development of a tradable longevity market

Supervisor: Professor Michael Sherris and Jonathan Ziveyi

Co-supervisor: Professor John Piggott


Xiao Xu

BBA (Uni Wisconsin-Madiosn), MSE (Johns Hopkins)

Location: University of New South Wales, UNSW Business School, School of Risk and Actuarial Studies

Research interests: Variable annuity guarantee benefits - An integrated study of financial and actuarial valuations

Thesis title: Variable annuity guarantee benefits - An integrated study of financial and actuarial valuations

Supervisor: Professor Michael Sherris

Co-supervisors: Jennifer Alonso Garcia and Jonathan Ziveyi


Adam Yates

MS, Applied Sociology (Clemson University)

Location: School of Community Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology, University of Newcastle

Research interests: Obesity, chronic disease, gender, inequality and ageing

Thesis title: International obesity and socioeconomic status relative to absolute wealth

Supervisor: Professor Julie Byles

Co-supervisors: Professor Catherin D’Este and Dr Paul Kowal


Dandan Yu

BCom (Hons) UNSW, BEcon and MEcon from Peking University

Location: UNSW Business School

Research interests: Household decision making; labor economics; health economics

Thesis title: Collective houshold decision making

Supervisor: Denzil Fiebig

Co-supervisors: Denise Doiron


Xiaoyun Zhang

BMgt (Zhejiang University, China)

Location: UNSW Business School, UNSW

Research interests: Informal Care, labour force participation and migration in China

Thesis title: Rural-urban migration and the health of elderly parents in China

Supervisors: Professor John Piggott, Dr Katja Hanewald, Dr Tess Stafford