A/PROF Kathryn Ellis

A/PROF Kathryn Ellis


  • Ageing cognition neuroscience
  • Cognitive health
  • Psychological and mental health



  • Kathryn Ellis is Deputy Director of the Academic Unit for Psychiatry of Old Age at the University of Melbourne. She graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Psychology and Psychophysiology) with first class honours in 2000. Kathryn was awarded a Swinburne University Vice Chancellor’s PhD Scholarships in 2001, and completed her PhD in behavioural neuroscience at the Swinburne Brain Sciences Institute and Imperial College London. Her current research interests include cognitive decline and dementia, mental health and wellbeing of older adults, and strategies to optimise cognitive health across the lifespan.   


Member of

  • Clinical Research Panel, Australian Imaging Biomarkers and Lifestyle (AIBL) study. Deputy Chair 2013 -
  • International subjective cognitive decline initiative (SCD-I). Invited Member 2013 -
  • National Ageing Research Institute. Honorary Senior Research Fellow 2012 -
  • Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health. Honorary Senior Research Fellow 2011 -


Selected publications


Investigator on


Education and training

  • MPsych (Clinical), University of Melbourne 2018
  • GradDipPsychAdv, University of Melbourne 2017
  • PhD, Swinburne University of Technology 2006
  • BAppSc (Hons), Swinburne University of Technology 2001
  • BAppSc, Swinburne University of Technology 2000

Awards and honors

  • Medical Research Council Research Grant, 2003
  • Brain Travel Grant, 2003
  • Australasian Society for Psychiatric Research Travel Grant, 2002
  • Chancellor’s Research Scholarship, Swinburne University, 2001



Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • I am pleased to offer supervision. My research areas of interest include mental and cognitive health (particularly in older adults), dementia and dementia prevention.