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The Australian National University

Dr Kim M Kiely

NHMRC Research Fellow
ANU College of Health and Medicine

Areas of expertise

  • Developmental Psychology And Ageing 170102
  • Geriatrics And Gerontology 110308
  • Mental Health 111714
  • Social Policy 160512
  • Epidemiology 111706
  • Family And Household Studies 160301
  • Panel Data Analysis 140304

Research interests

  • Development across the lifecourse
  • Healthy, productive and optimal ageing
  • Age-related hearing loss and sensory ageing
  • Cognitive decline and dementia
  • Social determinants of health and wellbeing
  • Psychiatric epidemiology
  • Longitudinal research methods


Kim is a postdoctoral research fellow within the Centre for Research on Ageing Health and Wellbeing (CRAHW), whose research is orientated by a contextualised perspective to human development across the life-course. He currently holds a NHMRC Early Career Fellowship and has previously held fellowships from the Alzheimer’s Australia Dementia Research Foundation. He has been a recipient of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) Prize and the Australian Association of Gerontology (AAG) RM Gibson Award.

Kim’s core research interests cover aspects of healthy and productive ageing, focusing on the social, functional and cognitive impacts of sensory loss in late life. He also maintains a strong interest in psychiatric epidemiology through his involvement in a research program investigating the mental health of welfare recipients.

Available student projects

I am interested in supervising HDR Masters or PhD students with research interests in Psychiatric epidemiology and community mental health, or Life-course development and gero-psychology. My research primarily draws on secondary data analysis of longitudinal population based surveys (e.g. HILDA, PATH, and multi-study analysis), but I am also able to supervise data linkage, survey design, and data collection projects.

I am open to discussing a range of research questions with potential candidates. Possible project ideas include:

  1. Investigating inter-generational and intra-family dynamics in health and wellbeing.
  2. Impacts and managment of age-related sensory impairment
  3. Examining the efficacy, effectiveness, and utility of brain-training.
  4. Developing, refining, and applying models of adaptation and coping in response to life-events and changing health across the life-course.
  5. Work-study balance in early adulthood.

Current student projects

An unhealthy legacy: Childhood adversity and emergent risk factors for chronic disease

Cognitive decline and hormone replacement therapy in post-menopausal women, influence of APOE e4 allele status and depression


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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Updated:  22 November 2017 / Responsible Officer:  Director (Research Services Division) / Page Contact:  Researchers