Researcher biography

Dr Sarah Grainger completed her PhD at the University of Queensland in 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 facial electromyography, eye-tracking, psychopharmacological interventions, and hormonal assessments.

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.

Sarah is also currently a Principal Investigator on The Queensland Multidisciplinary Initiative for Neurocognitive Disorders (The QLD MIND Project), a multi-site translational research project that represents a collaboration between the University of Queensland, the Mater Group, and the Princess Alexandra Hospital. The project involves more than seventy researchers, clinicians, and postgraduate research students. While the project has a number of goals, one of the overarching themes is to better understand and treat the social cognitive difficulties that are so commonly seen in clinical populations, including many of the most common age-related neurological disorders, such as Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease and stroke.