Professor Kaarin J Anstey

BA Hons (USyd) PhD (UQ)
Honorary Professor, Centre for Research on Ageing, Health and Wellbeing
College of Health & Medicine

Areas of expertise

  • Developmental Psychology And Ageing 170102
  • Geriatrics And Gerontology 110308
  • Aged Health Care 111702
  • Cognitive Sciences 1702
  • Psychology 1701
  • Neurosciences 1109
  • Public Health And Health Services 1117
  • Epidemiology 111706

Research interests

Cognitive ageing

Dementia risk reduction

Older drivers - screening and interventions

Late-life psychiatric epidemiology

Population health in relation to ageing

Lifespan development and ageing



Kaarin Anstey is an Honorary Professor at ANU in the Research School of Population Health's Centre for Research on Ageing, Health and Wellbeing. She leads an NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Cognitive Health, is a director of the NHMRC Dementia Centre for Research Collaboration and Co-Deputy Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research. Kaarin’s research programs focus on the causes, consequences and prevention of cognitive ageing, dementia, and common mental disorders in adulthood. A second focus is on older drivers’ risk assessment and safety. Kaarin has worked extensively with longitudinal studies, and leads the PATH Through Life Project, a large cohort study focussing on common mental disorders and cognitive function, based in the ACT and surrounding regions. Kaarin is the Chair of the International Research Network on Dementia Prevention, a Director of the Board of the Dementia Australia Research Foundation, a member of the World Health Organisation Guideline Development Group cognitive decline and dementia, and a member of the Governance Committee of the Global Council on Brain Health, an initiative supported by the American Association of Retired Persons and AgeUK.


Researcher's projects

PATH Through Life project:

Professor Anstey has led the PATH Through Life Project since 2006. PATH is a large longitudinal study of adults originally drawn from the Canberra and Queanbeyan regions, including about 7500 participants. The first wave of data collection was from 1999 to 2001. The study is ongoing and funded by NHMRC and ARC Grants. 

Better Drive projects:

Interventions and assessments to improve older driver safety are being evaluated through the Better Drive projects. These are led by Professor Anstey and funded by the NHMRC and the NRMA ACT Road Safety Trust.

Body Brain Life Projects:

Interventions to reduce risk of dementia are also being evaluated in studies involving online interventions and exercise and dietary advice. These trials are led by Anstey as her PhD student Mr Mitchell McMaster who is leading a project on dementia risk reduction in adults with self-reported cognitive decline. 



Available student projects

Epidemiology of dementia and cognitive ageing

Older drivers risk assessment and skill improvement

Cognitive ageing and decision-making


Projects and Grants

Grants information is drawn from ARIES. To add or update Projects or Grants information please contact your College Research Office.

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