Meet our team
Professor Cassandra Szoeke
Chief Investigator of HBI: Cognition and Vascular HealthProfessor Cassandra Szoeke brings together high-level management and communication skills with scientific expertise.
Professor John Hopper
Chief Investigator of HBI: EpidemiologyProfessor John Hopper, AM, was one of the nine inaugural Australia Fellows awarded by NHMRC in 2007 and is currently a NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellow.
Michael W Weiner, MD
Chief Investigator of HBI: Cognition, Neurology and DementiaDr Michael Weiner has been undertaking research for almost 50 years and is the principal investigator of the Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative…
Professor Sandra Jones
Chief Investigator of HBI: Community EngagementProfessor Sandra Jones is the Pro Vice-Chancellor, Engagement at ACU. Her role provides leadership, advice and support for ACU’s community engagement strategy…
Professor Ron Petersen
Chief Investigator of HBI: DementiaDr Ronald C. Petersen graduated from Hamline University, received a PhD in experimental psychology from the University of Minnesota and graduated from Mayo Medical School in 1980.
Professor Sandra Middleton
Chief Investigator of HBI: Nursing, Vascular HealthProfessor Sandy Middleton is Professor of Nursing and Director of the Nursing Research Institute, St Vincent’s Health Australia (Sydney) and ACU.
Professor John Gleeson
Chief Investigator of HBI: Mental HealthProfessor John Gleeson is a clinical psychologist with more than 25 years of clinical experience. He was appointed to the role of Professor of Psychology at ACU in 2011.
Professor Peter Rendell
Chief Investigator of HBI: Cognition and EmotionDirector of the Cognition and Emotion Research Centre, Professor Peter Rendell is a globally recognised leader in research involving cognitive ageing, particularly prospective memory…
Professor Barbara Riegel
Chief Investigator of HBI: Heart and BrainProfessor Barbara Riegel is the Edith Clemmer Steinbright Professor of Gerontology at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing and Co-editor of the Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing.
Professor Michael McClung
Chief Investigator of HBI: Frailty and Muscular HealthDr Michael McClung is the founding director of the Oregon Osteoporosis Center.
Professor Tiny Jaarsma
Chief Investigator of HBI: Heart and BrainProfessor Tiny Jaarsma (RN NFESC FAHA FAAN) is a Professor in Caring Sciences at the Faculty of Health Sciences of the University of Linköping, Sweden.
Professor Derek Jones
Chief Investigator of HBI: ImagingProfessor Derek Jones is Director of the Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre (CUBRIC) in Wales, UK, and holds a part-time appointment at Australian Catholic University (ACU).
Associate Professor Gill Terrett
Associate Investigator of HBI: Psychology
Professor Gill Terrett started her career as an educational psychologist, which has influenced her research to this day.
Dr Karen Caeyenberghs
Associate Investigator of HBI: ImagingFollowing completion of a masters degree in psychology in 2005 at KU Leuven, Dr Caeyenberghs completed her PhD in biomedical sciences in 2010 under supervision of Professor S.P. Swinnen.
Dr Penny Hartmann
Early Career Researcher of HBI: NeuropsychologyDr Penny Hartmann is an early-career research fellow and coordinator of the Healthy Brain Initiative.
Dr Alexandra Gorelik
Early Career Researcher of HBI: BiostatisticsDr Gorelik is a biostatistician and research methodologist with more than 12 years’ experience in clinical, epidemiological and health services research, health data analytics and business intelligence.
Dr Izelle Labuschagne
Early Career Researcher of HBI: NeuroscienceDr Izelle Labuschagne is a clinical neuroscientist and a research fellow in the Cognition and Emotion Research Centre within the School of Psychology at ACU in Melbourne.
PhD studentEdward Hill is a PhD student investigating the preventative potential of diet/nutrition in Alzheimer’s disease neuropathology.
Samantha Elder is a combined Master of Psychology and PhD student investigating the longitudinal association between experiences of domestic violence and multimorbidity.
Masters of Psychology student
Trisha D’Lima is a Master of Psychology student investigating the impact of physical activity performed in midlife on later-life cognitive outcomes.
Masters of Psychology StudentEmma Flynn is a Master of Psychology student investigating the impact of midlife physical activity on later-life depression.