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Jeofrey Abalos

 Masters in Population Studies, University of the Philippines

 Location:  School of Demography, ANU 

 Research interests: Population ageing and Health Status of Older People

 Thesis title:  Trends and Geographic Differentials in Healthy Life Expectancy of Older Persons  in the Philippines  

 Supervisor: Associate Professor Heather Booth

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Muhammad Absor

MSR (Hons) ANU

Location:  School of Demography, ANU

Research interests: Ageing population, child protection, youth employment, islamic welfare institutions and social policy

Thesis title:  Enabling age-friendly environment in rural areas: Implication to social protection and successful aging in Indonesia

Supervisor: Professor Peter McDonald

Co-supervisor: Dr Iwu Utomo

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Victoria Allen

BPsych (Hons) Flinders University

Location:  School of Psychology, Flinders University

Research interests: Interplay between emotions, stress and psychopathology, age differences in daily emotional experience, and use of emotion regulation strategies.

Thesis title:  Daily Emotion and Stress Processes in Younger and Older Adults, focusing on Age Related Differences in Emotion Regulation Strategy use and how these Differences Affect Interpersonal Relationships, Physical Health and Psychological Well - Being.

Supervisor: Dr Tim Windsor

Co-supervisor: Professor Mary Luszcz

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Natalia Aranco

MEc Universidad de Montevideo

Location: School of Economics, The University of New South Wales

Research interests: Health economics, mortality and education.

Thesis title: Assessing the evolution of the educational-mortality gap among countries.

Supervisor: Professor John Piggott

Co-supervisor: Dr Shiko Maruyama

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Richard Arthur

BSc (Hons) ANU

Location: Centre for Research on Ageing, Health and Wellbeing, Australian National University

Research interests: Anxiety, stress and other psychological conditions impacting healthy ageing.

Thesis title: Is anxiety a risk factor in cognitive ageing?

Supervisor: Professor Kaarin Anstey

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Kimberly Ashby-Mitchell

Location: Centre for Research on Ageing, Health and Wellbeing, Australian National University

Thesis title: Cognitive decline and ageing.

Supervisor: Professor Kaarin Anstey

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Bianca Bonollo

BSC Economics (University od Padua, Italy) MSC Economics (University of Venice, Italy)

Location: School of Economics, UNSW

Research Interests: Economic modelling and statistical data analysis for social issues, behavioural economics

Thesis title: Is having (many) children an insurance for old age?

Supervisor: Dr. Loretti Isabella Dobrescu

Co-supervisor: Prof. John Piggott

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Johanne Brady

BA (Hons) UNSW

Location: Faculty Health Sciences, The University of Sydney

Thesis title: The formation of identities of older Australians with Parkinson's disease and their primary carers living in NSW

Supervisor: Professor Hal Kendig

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Bridget Browne

BEc, FIAA, FIA, Actuaire (IA)

Location: School of Demography, Australian National University

Thesis title: Long Term Care in Australia: what place for insurance?

Supervisor:  Professor Heather Booth 

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Yodi Christiani

BMed (Gadjah Mada University); MPH (ANU)

Location: The University of Newcastle

Research Interests:  Non-communicable disease, women's health, disease prevention and risk factor analysis

Thesis Title:  Urban Women's Health Inequality and their Determinants in Indonesia

Supervisor: Professor Julie Byles

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Cassie Curryer

B Social Sciences (Hons), Adv Dip Local Family and App Histoy

Location: Unviersity of Newcastle

Research Interests:   Ageing, home environment and behavioural/physical adaption, use of home and community services, housing patters.

Supervisor: Professor Julie Byles

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Rachel Curtis

BPsych (Hons) Flinders University

Location: Flinders Centre for Ageing Studies, School of Pyschology, Flinders University

Research Interests:  Cognitive Ageing, Subjective Well-being in Older Adults, Longitudinal Research Methods

Thesis Title:  Psychological Predictors of Activity Engagement in Older Adults

Supervisor: Dr Tim Windsor

Co-supervisor: Professor Mary Luszcz

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Dorothy Dudley

BBus (Marketing) UTS; MASS, ACAP

Location: Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney

Research interests: Productive Ageing

Thesis title: Understanding the existence and nature of personal goals in retirement and their relationship with life satisfaction - An Australian perspective.

Supervisor: Kate O'Loughlin

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Parivash Eftekhari

PhD, TMU Iran

Location: Research Centre for Gender Health and Ageing, The University of Newcastle

Research interests: Asthma quality care, older adults (geriatric), quality care and barriers to deliver care esepcially in older adults

Thesis title: Quality care in older Australian women with Asthma

Supervisor: Professor Julie Byles

Co-supervisor: Ms Peta Forder

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Alice Falkiner

BA (Hons) MSocRes ANU

Location: School of Demography, Australian National University

Research interests: Population ageing, caring responsibilities, family studies, longitudinal research.

Thesis title: Changing caring responsibilities in Australia: The rise of the sandwich generation.

Supervisor: DrEdith Gray

Co-supervisor: Dr Anne Evans

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Natasha Ginnivan

BSc (Psych) UNSW, PGDip (Psych) Macq.

Location: Centre for Research on Ageing, Health and Wellbeing, Australian National University

Research interests: Psychology of ageing from a cross-cultural perspective, including implicit attitudes, stereotyping, internalising of societal attitudes and their impact on the health and wellbeing of the elderly.

Thesis title:Self-perceptions of ageing from a cross-cultural perspective: Do collectivist cultures provide a buffer for the impact of negative stereotypes about age?

Supervisor: Professor Kaarin Anstey

Co-supervisor: Dr Kerry Sargent-Cox

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Pushpani Herath

MBBS Sri Jayawardenepura, Sri Lanka, MSc University of Texas

Location: Centre for Research on Ageing, Health and Wellbeing, Australian National University

Thesis title: Cardiovascular health and cognition

Supervisor: Professor Kaarin Anstey

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Aliza Hunt

 BA(Hons) Psychology, ANU; Dip Modern Languages (Indonesian), University of Melbourne.

 Location: Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University

 Research interests: Ageing, mental health, cross-cultural assessment, Indonesia, treatment, policy evaluation

 Thesis title: Meeting the Mental Health Needs of Elderly Indonesians 

 Supervisor: Professor Peter McDonald

 Co-supervisor: Professor Steve McEachern and Dr Zachary Steel

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Nerida Hunter

BA BCom Melb., MGovt & Comm Law ANU

Location: School of Demography, Australian National University

Research interests: Demographic change, ageing, regional Australia.

Thesis title: The ageing of regional Australia.

Supervisor: Professor James Rayment

Co-supervisor: Professor Peter McDonald and A/Professor Heather Booth

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Lily Jenkins

BA/BSC (Psychology), BSC Psychology (Hons) ANU

Location: ANU, Centre for Research on Ageing, Health and Wellbeing (ANU College of Medicine, Biology and Environment)

Research interests: Dementia, Policy and Health Service Usage (Psychology Research)

Supervisor: Professor Kaarin Anstey

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Xiaoguang Jia

BS Fudan University, MS Fudan University

Location: ANU, School of Demography

Research interests: Mortality, population ageing, decision making, sociocybernetics

Thesis title: A socioybernetic framework of life course: modelling the individula decion-making process

Supervisor: Professor Zhongwei Zhao

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Marijan Jukic

PhD (Zagreb), MSc (Southampton), MSc and BSc (Zagreb)

Location: ANU, School of Demography

Research interests: Ageing, aged care and agent based modelling

Supervisor: Professor Heather Booth

Co-supervisor: Professor Zhongwei Zhao

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Matthew Kidman

BA LLB (Macquarie)

Location: Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University

Research interests: Equity markets

Thesis title: The impact of population ageing on the prices of domestic housing and equities in Australia

Supervisor: Professor Peter McDonald

Co-supervisors: Professor Alex Frino

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Yulong Li

MA Economics (CUFE)

Location:  School of Risk and Actuarial Studies, UNSW Australia

Research interests: Longevity risk modeling and management

Supervisor: Professor Michael Sherris

Co-supervisors: Dr Jonathan Ziveyi

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Kate Milledge

BND (Hons.) University of Wollongong

Location: Concord Repatriation General Hospital

Research interests: Nutrition in older men

Thesis title: Study of the inter-relationships between food choice, nutritional status, oral health, frailty and polypharmacy among older Australian men

Supervisor: Dr Vasant Hirani

Co-supervisor: Professor Robert Cumming

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Lara Morris

BSc (Psych) (Hons), MClinPsych

Location: Centre for Research on Ageing, Health and Wellbeing, Australian National University

Research interests: Health behaviours across the life course.

Thesis title: Health risk factors for chronic disease.

Supervisor: Professor Kaarin Anstey

Co-supervisor: Dr Kerry Sargent-Cox

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Arm Nakornthab

MA (UVa.)

Location: College of Business and Economics, Australian National University

Research interests: Macroeconomic policy on ageing economy

Thesis title: Social Security under Integration of Big and Small Countries in Ageing Economy: Who Gains and Who Loses

Supervisor: Dr Cagri Kumru

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Claire O'Connor

B. Science (Medical Science) UWS, M. Occupational Therapy (Hons) USyd

Location: Ageing, Work and Health Research Unity, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney

Research interests: Frontotemporal demetia, young onset dementia, behaviour, activities of daily living, severe stage dementia

Thesis title: How do behavioural symptoms contribute to dysfunction in activities of daily living for people with frontotemporal dementia?

Supervisor: Professor Lindy Clemson

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Jialing Alpha Qiang

B. Statistics

Location: School of Risk and Actuarial Studies, UNSW

Research interests: Longevity risk management

Thesis title: Longevity Risk Management of Reinsurance Companies in Life Insurance Industry

Supervisor: Professor Michael Sherris

Co-Supervisors: Jonathan Ziveyi and Andres Villegas

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Mahin Raissi

BS MA Tehran

Location: School of Demography, Australian National University

Research interests: E-research, online social networks, social capital, ageing, social network analysis.

Thesis title:Influences in social media: Influences in online social networks and successful ageing in Australia.

Supervisor: A/Professor Robert Akland

Co-supervisor: A/Professor Heather Booth

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Quang Trinh

BA in Sociology, Vietnam National University; master of Social Sciences, National University of Singapore

Location: Centre for Research on Ageing, Health and Wellbeing, Australian National University

Research interests: Population ageing, elderly, healthy ageing, social gerontology and intergenerational relationships

Thesis title: Ageing Population and the Elderly's Contribution and Roles in the Transitional Family and Society in Vietnam

Supervisor: Professor Hal Kendig

Co-supervisor: Professor Peter McDonald and Associate Professor Minh Huu

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Saraswathy Venkataraman

BA Occupational Therapy, MHSc Gerontology

Location: Monash University, Malaysia

Thesis title: Understanding risk of injury among the older population residing in long-term aged care facilities in the Klang Valley area (Malaysia)

Supervisor: Professor Helen Bartlett

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Rosilene Waern

BNut Brazil;  MND University of Sydney

Location: Centre of Education and Research on Ageing (CERA) - Concord Repatriation General Hospital

Research Interests: Nutrition in old age, nutritional epidemiology, longevity, ageing, eating behaviour and health outcomes.

Thesis title: The Geometric Framework and Nutrition in old age

Supervisor: Professor Robert Cumming

Co-supervisor: Associate Professor Margaret Allman-Farinelli; Professor Thomas G Travison

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Kylie Wales

BAppSc (Occupational Therapy) Hons, University of Western Sydney

Location: Ageing Work and Health Research Unit, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney.

Research interests:  Ageing, health services research, evidence based practice

Thesis title: Measuring function and cost effectiveness in occupational therapy home discharge planning

Supervisor: Associate Professor Lindy Clemson

Co-supervisor: Associate Professor Natasha Lannin and Professor Glenn Salkeld

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Jacqueline Wesson

BAppSc (Occupational Therapy)- Cumberland College; MA (Education & Work)- Macquarie University

Location:  Ageing Work and Health Research Unit, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney.

Research interests:  Mild cognitive impairment, dementia, functional performance of everyday tasks, tailored activity prescription for behaviour management in dementia, environmental interventions to optimise functioning, assessment of functional cognition, occupational therapy.

Thesis title: Allen's Model of Functional Cognition and Dementia - Using Allen's Cognitive Level Screen (LACLS-5) to Identify and Manage Functional Impairment

Supervisor: Associate Professor Lindy Clemson

Co-supervisor: Professor Henry Brodaty and Dr Simone Reppermund

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Lynda Woodward

BSc(Biotech)(Hons), University of Newcastle; UBPhysio, University of Newcastle

Location:  Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney

Research interests:  Ageing, health, falls prevention, exercise, qualitative studies.

Thesis title: Exploring perceptions and experiences of older people in the "Stepping On after hip fracture" program

Supervisor: Associate Professor Lindy Clemson

Co-supervisor: Associate Professor Catherine Sherrington and Associate Professor Karen Willis

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Mengyi Xu

Bcom Hons (UNSW)

Location: University of New South Wales, UNSW Business School, School of Risk and Actuarial Studies

Thesis title: The Role of Housing in Retirement Savings

Supervisor: Professor Michael Sherris

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Xiao Xu

BBA (Uni Wisconsin-Madiosn), MSE (Johns Hopkins)

Location: University of New South Wales, UNSW Business School, School of Risk and Actuarial Studies

Thesis title: Longevity Risk Modeling on Variable Annuities and Guaranteed Minimum Withdrawal Benefits

Supervisor: Professor Michael Sherris

Co-supervisor: Dr Jonathan Ziveyi and Dr Jennifer Alonso Garcia

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Yajing Xu

BCom (Hon), UNSW; Master, Central University of Finance and Economics 

Location: University of New South Wales, UNSW Business School, School of Risk and Actuarial Studies

Research interests: Pricing of longevity risk

Supervisor: Professor Michael Sherris

Co-supervisor: Professor John Piggott

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Adam Yates

MS, Applied Sociology (Clemson University)

Location: School of Community Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology, University of Newcastle

Research interests: Obesity, chronic disease, gender, inequality and ageing

Supervisor: Professor Julie Byles

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Xiaoyun Zhang

BMgt (Zhejiang University, China)

Location: UNSW Business School, UNSW

Research interests: Informal Care, labour force participation and migration in China.

Thesis title: Informal care-giving, female labour force participation and rural-urban migration: An intra-household research.

Supervisors: Professor John Piggott, Dr Katja Hanewald, Dr Tess Stafford