Senior research fellow, University of Sydney

Dr Fiona Kumfor holds a Masters of Clinical Neuropsychology (Macquarie University) and a PhD in Neuroscience (University of New South Wales). She is currently an NHMRC-ARC Dementia Research Development Fellow (2016-2019), Senior Research Fellow in the School of Psychology and registered Clinical Neuropsychologist with AHPRA. Combining her clinical training in neuropsychology and research expertise in cognitive neuroscience her work investigates social cognition in clinical syndromes with a focus on dementia, and aims to improve diagnosis and prognosis of dementia, while also informing neurobiological models of complex human behaviours.


  • 2009–2010
    Research Assistant, The University of New South Wales


  • 2013 
    The University of New South Wales, PhD
  • 2012 
    Macquarie University, Masters of Clinical Neuropsychology
  • 2007 
    The University of New South Wales, Bachelor of Psychology (Hons.)


  • 2013
    The orbitofrontal cortex is involved in emotional enhancement of memory: Evidence from the dementias, Brain
  • 2013
    Discrete neural correlates for the recognition of negative emotions: insights from frontotemporal dementia, PLoS One
  • 2013
    Emotion recognition in younger-onset dementia syndromes: brain correlates and patient implications. , Neurodegenerative Disease Management
  • 2013
    A tale of two hemispheres: Contrasting patterns of socioemotional dysfunction in left- versus right-lateralised semantic dementia. , Dementia and Neuropsychologia
  • 2012
    Disturbance of emotion processing in frontotemporal dementia: A synthesis of cognitive and neuroimaging findings. , Neuropsychology Review
  • 2011
    Are you really angry? The effect of intensity on emotion recognition in frontotemporal dementia. , Social Neuroscience