Dr Madeleine Radnan

Research Program: Brain Sciences

Lifespan Labs


Postdoctoral Research Fellow


Madeleine completed her Bachelor of Advanced Science (Hons) at UNSW. She had completed a double major in psychology and neuroscience, and proceeded to complete her honours in neuroscience. During this period, her research involved neurophysiological techniques to understand the cellular mechanisms of long-term depression in the lateral septum. In 2018 Maddie commenced her PhD at The MARCS Institute where she combined her interests of technology and wellbeing. The research focused on characterising older adult engagement where she delivered a technology driven psychosocial intervention to older adults in residential care. Madeleine has continued at the MARCS Institute where she is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow and Research Assistant working across projects involved in autobiographical memory processes across the lifespan, memory tools, older adult music education to support wellbeing, and communication between older adults in residential care.

Outside of work, Maddie enjoys attempting to play various musical instruments, volunteering at an animal rescue facility, and spending time adventuring in nature

Role/Position Responsibilities

1. Preparation, set up and conducting experiments involving on-campus participants and off-campus participants (e.g. community members, aged care residents).
2. Liaise with current and potential research partners in industry and community organisations.
3. Assistance in literature gathering and related aspects of research grant and ethics applications and provide assistance with the preparation of methods and results sections of scholarly articles.
4. Administrative aspects of conducting experiments including scheduling participants and other relevant project records.
5. Involvement in scholarly and professional activities, including regularly publishing high quality articles in recognised journals and attendance at conferences and seminars.
6. Contribute to the research excellence of Brain Sciences and the MARCS Institute.
7. Occasional contribution to teaching if required.

Research Interests

Maddie has a broad range of interests rooted in cognitive psychology, neuroscience, linguistics and music. Her research has focused the engagement of older adults in residential care. She is interested in understanding the discourse of older adults, autobiographical processes of older adults and across the lifespan, the impact of music learning, and the development of musical education resources and tools with a focus on user experience and design.

Qualifications and Honours

  • Bachelor in Advanced Science (Hons) in Neuroscience, with a double major in Psychology and Neuroscience at UNSW


  • MacRitchie, J., Chmiel, A., Radnan, M., Taylor, J., & Dean, R. T. (Under review). Going online: Successes and challenges in delivering group music instrument and aural learning for older adult musical novices during the COVID-19 pandemic. Musicae Scientiae.
    Chaichim, C., Radnan, M. J., Dumlao, G., & Power, J. M. (2021). Long-term depression of excitatory transmission in the lateral septum. Journal of Neurophysiology. https://doi.org/10.1152/jn.00657.2019
  • Radnan, M.J., Stevens, C.J., Jones, C., Leahy, A. and Parker, D. (2020). Evaluating technology‐based reminiscence for engagement and socialization in aged care: Time travelling with technology. Alzheimer's Dement., 16: e041668. https://doi.org/10.1002/alz.041668

Contact Maddie

Phone+61 2 9772 6107
LocationWestern Sydney University Bankstown campus (Bullecourt Ave, Milperra)