Diana Karamacoska

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PhD, BPsyc (Hons)
Postdoctural Research Fellow, Vascular Dementia, NICM Health Research Institute

Dr Karamacoska was appointed as Postdoctoral Research Fellow in 2019 working in the area of vascular dementia. Her research focuses on improving the health of individuals at risk of, or diagnosed with, conditions that affect the brain. Dr Karamacoska received a PhD in Psychology from the University of Wollongong, with Examiners’ Commendations for her work examining the effects of the brain’s ongoing electrical activity on attention, cognitive processes, and behaviour.

She is currently coordinating Australia’s first clinical trial for vascular dementia and Alzheimer’s disease mixed with cerebrovascular disease, and is interested in assessing the impacts of lifestyle modifications and alternative therapies on cognitive functioning.

Dr Karamacoska is passionate about connecting people with research opportunities and raising awareness for disease prevention, risk reduction, and strategies to improve quality of life and care. Her research, focusing on improving the health of individuals at risk of, or diagnosed with, conditions that affect the brain.


Research focus

  • Cognitive neuroscience anf functioning
  • Brain health
  • Lifestyle intervention
  • Alternative therapy

Awards and recognitions

  • 2019 Best Student Oral Presentation Award, 29th Australasian Society for Psychophysiology Annual Conference
  • 2016 Student Conference Travel Award, 26th Australasian Society for Psychophysiology Annual Conference
  • 2016 Best Postgraduate Poster, 26th Australasian Society for Psychophysiology Annual Conference
  • 2016 Higher Degree Research Travel Grant, University of Wollongong
  • 2015 Research Training Program Scholarship, Department of Education and Training, Australian Government
  • 2014 Student Conference Travel Award, 24th Australasian Society for Psychophysiology Annual Conference
  • 2013 Best Honours Presentation Runner-Up, 24th Australasian Society for Psychophysiology Annual Conference
  • 2013 Research Summer Scholarship, School of Psychology, University of Wollongong
  • 2013 Best Honours Poster, 22nd Australasian Society for Psychophysiology Annual Conference

Education

  • 2019 PhD (Psychology) with Examiners’ Commendation for Outstanding Thesis, University of Wollongong, Australia
  • 2014 BPsyc (Hons, Class 2.1), University of Wollongong, Australia

Publications

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