I am an assistant professor at the School of Psychology, UNMC, and an adjunct lecturer at the School of Psychiatry, University of New South Wales (UNSW, Australia). Prior to the current positions, I was a postdoctoral fellow at UNSW and coordinator of the International Centenarian Consortium-Dementia, in which I managed the collaboration of 18 ageing studies across 11 countries and conducted research in dementia prevalence and risk factors.
My areas of expertise include cognitive ageing, dementia, auditory perception and cognition, and human-machine interactions (mainly on the evaluation of speech intelligibility and users experience).
I supervise undergraduate and postgraduate students who are interested in the topics of ageing, dementia, and auditory perception and cognition (particularly in music and environmental sounds).
I currently teach:
Cognitive Psychology 1 (PSGY1010)
Introduction to Social Psychology (PSGY1012)
Practical Methods and Seminars in Psychology (PSGY1015 & PSGY2011)
Social and Developmental Psychology (PSGY2013)
My current research examines cognitive ageing in different ethno-regional groups across Asia-pacific regions and the influence of sensory impairment on dementia diagnosis. I also apply experimental… read more
MAKKAR SR, LIPNICKI DM, CRAWFORD JD, ..., LEUNG Y, LO JW and SACHDEV P, 2020. APOE ε4 and the influence of sex, age, vascular risk factors, and ethnicity on cognitive decline The Journals of Gerontology: Series A. glaa116, MAKKAR SR, LIPNICKI, DM, CRAWFORD, JD, ..., LEUNG, Y, LO, JW and SACHDEV, P, 2020. Education and the moderating roles of age, sex, ethnicity and apolipoprotein epsilon 4 on the risk of cognitive impairment Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics. 91,
CHENG, ADRIAN, LEUNG, YVONNE, CRAWFORD, JOHN D, HARRISON, FLEUR, SACHDEV, PERMINDER and BRODATY, HENRY, 2019. The psychological health of 207 near-centenarians (95–99) and centenarians from the Sydney Centenarian Study Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry. 1-13
My current research examines cognitive ageing in different ethno-regional groups across Asia-pacific regions and the influence of sensory impairment on dementia diagnosis. I also apply experimental methods to understand the learning of, and memory for, complex auditory phenomena, particularly in music and environmental sounds.