Principal Research Fellow at NARI, University of Melbourne

Colleen has conducted research in universities in Australia, the UK and the US since completing a doctorate in psychology (memory training and intellectual disability) at The University of Adelaide. Among her awards received are: Gerontological Society of America postdoctoral summer fellowship to investigate methods of assessing quality of care in residential aged care; Alzheimer's Australia Research Pty Ltd Travelling Scholarship to study consumer involvement in dementia care research, policy and evaluation in the U.K. and U.S.
Since 1990 she has attracted over $2.5 million in research grants and tenders from the Sandoz Foundation, Australian Department of Health and Ageing, American Association of Retired Persons, Alzheimer's Australia, Australian Nursing Federation Victoria and Department of Human Services Victoria. She was co-founder of the Australian Psychological Society’s Psychologists in Ageing Special Interest Group. She has written and published over 65 academic and technical papers in the area of aged care. She directed the national evaluation of the Dementia Initiative from 2006-2010. Recent evaluation work for the Department of Health included the Evaluation of the Victorian Heatwave Framework in association with Deloitte Access Economics.
Examples of Recent Reports and Publications
Evaluation of the Victorian Government Heatwave Framework. Report to Victorian Department of Health, Jan 2011
Doyle C, Dunt D, Pirkis J, Day S, Dare A (2011) Media reports on dementia. Australasian Journal on Ageing, in press.


  • 2008–present
    Principal research fellow, National Ageing Research Institute


  • 1982 
    University of Adelaide, PhD

Research Areas

  • Aged Health Care (111702)
  • Other Psychology And Cognitive Sciences (1799)
  • Public Health And Health Services (1117)