Associate Professor Ahmed Moustafa

Ahmed MoustafaPsychology (School of Social Science and Psychology),

Research Program: Multisensory Communication

Research Centre: The Age Lab


Associate Professor in Cognitive and Behavioural Neuroscience

Roles/Position Responsibilities

Research, teaching and supervision.


I started my studies in mathematics and computer science; while in the US, I switched to psychology and neuroscience.

Research Interests

Dr. Ahmed Moustafa is an associate professor in Cognitive and Behavioural Neuroscience at MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour, and Development & School of Social Sciences and Psychology, Western Sydney University. Ahmed Moustafa is trained in computer science, psychology, neuroscience, and cognitive science. His early training took place at Cairo University in mathematics and computer science. Before joining Western Sydney University as a lab director, Ahmed spent 11 years in America studying psychology and neuroscience. Ahmed conducts research on computational and neuropsychological studies of addiction, schizophrenia, Parkinson’s disease, PTSD, and depression. He has published over 150 papers in high-ranking journals including Science, PNAS, Journal of Neuroscience, Brain, Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, Nature (Parkinson’s disease), Neuron, among others.

Ahmed has recently published three books:

  1. Computational models of brain and behavior, which provides a comprehensive overview of recent advances in the field of computational neuroscience;
  2. Social Cognition in Psychosis, and
  3. Computational Neuroscience Models of the Basal Ganglia, which provides several models of the basal ganglia.

Research Interests

  • Computational Neuroscience;
  • Ageing;
  • Alzheimer's disease;
  • Parkinson's disease.

Qualifications and Honours

  • B. Sc. Computater Science and Mathematics
  • PhD. Cognitive Science


For a full listing of my publications, please see my Google Scholar page(opens in a new window) or view my ResearchGate profile(opens in a new window).

Contact Ahmed
Phone+61 2 9772 6847
LocationWestern Sydney University Bankstown campus (Bullecourt Ave, Milperra)