Researcher biography

Dr Sarah Grainger completed her PhD at the University of Queensland in November 2017. Her research to date has focused primarily on how social cognitive function– which broadly refers to our ability to detect and respond appropriately to social cues– is affected by normal adult ageing. In addition to using traditional behavioural measures to assess social cognition, Sarah also has experience with sophisticated experimental techniques including eye-tracking, facial electromyography, psychopharmacological interventions, and hormonal assessments. A key focus of her research is understanding how traditional lab-based social cognition tasks predict real world social functioning.

Sarah is currently employed as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow on an ARC funded Discovery Research Project led by Professor Julie Henry (ARC Future Fellow, UQ), Scientia Professor Perminder Sachdev (Co-Director of the Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing (CHeBA) and Clinical Director of the Neuropsychiatric Institute at the Prince of Wales Hospital, UNSW) and Dr. Karen Mather (Leader, Genetics & Epigenomics Group, CHeBA, UNSW). A key focus of this project is trying to identify cognitive, genetic and biomedical predictors of successful social cognitive ageing.