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Adrienne Withall

Senior Research Fellow, School of Population Health, UNSW Sydney

Dr Adrienne Withall is a combined track ageing and mental health specialist in the School of Population Health, where she is a Leader of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research Theme as a Dharawal and Yuin woman. Her research focuses on promoting cognitive health and wellbeing for priority populations. She leads a sub-stream on Ageing at the Margins in the recently funded UNSW Ageing Futures Institute and equity and innovation in cognitive assessment is a key focus of this research (

In particular, Dr Withall is leading NHMRC-funded research to leverage serious games for novel cognitive assessments. Her other currently funded studies include an MRFF grant to use text mining to examine mental health before and during the COVID-19 pandemic and an NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence ON-TRACK to improve Aboriginal brain health and wellbeing.

She is a big fan of both mixed methods and human-centred design, and uses these to aid the translation of her research into policy and clinical practice. She is a storyteller and blue sky thinker.