Associate Professor Ahmed Moustafa


Associate Professor of Cognitive & Behavioural Neuroscience | Psychology: Behavioural Science


I have graduated from Cairo University, with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and computer science. I have spent almost 10 years in the US (University of Louisiana, University of Arizona, and Rutgers University) conducting computational and neuropsychological studies of schizophrenia and Parkinson’s disease (during my PhD and postdoctoral work). Starting from 2010, I have also started collaborative projects on depression and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In 2012, I have moved to Western Sydney University, and I am glad to teach and conduct research in the field of cognitive and clinical neuropsychology.

My research interests lie at the intersection of Computational Modelling, Cognitive Neuroscience, and Clinical Neuropsychology. Currently, I am interested in understanding learning and cognitive function in various psychiatric and neurological disorders.

I plan to study cognitive function in various patient groups using both computational modelling and behavioural methods. One of my research goals is to understand how changes in cognitive function (such as working memory, learning, memory, attention, and language) relate to psychometric measures (such as personality, intelligence, and quality of life) in patients with brain disorders.

I welcome new students who have interests in conducting computational and/or cognitive/behavioural studies. If interested, please email me if you have any questions or if you want to arrange a meeting.

If you are interested in computational modelling research, here is my 2017 book on computational modelling of brain and behaviour:
Computational Models of Brain and Behavior by Ahmed A. Moustafa (opens in a new window)

For my other new book:
Computational Neuroscience Models of the Basal Ganglia (opens in a new window)

Research Interests

  • Computational cognitive neuroscience
  • Depression
  • Drug addiction
  • PTSD
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Alzheimer’s disease

Qualifications and Recognition

  • PhD University of Louisiana

Research & Publications

Contact Details
Telephone+61 2 9772 6847
LocationBuilding 24, Bankstown Campus