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Romola Bucks

Professor Romola Bucks

Head of School
Psychological Science, School of

Contact details
School of Psychological Science
The University of Western Australia (M304)
35 Stirling Highway
+61 8 6488 3232
+61 8 6488 1006
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BSc MSc PhD Bristol
Professor Bucks obtained her qualification in Clinical Psychology at the University of Birmingham, UK, in 1991, before specializing in Clinical Neuropsychology. Subsequently, she obtained her PhD in Cognitive Neuropsychology at the University of Bristol in 1999. Prior to moving to the University of Western Australia in July 2007, Professor Bucks gained extensive experience in the UK (1993-2001) in the diagnosis and neuropsychological assessment of cognitive impairment and dementia whilst running the Bristol Memory Disorders Clinic and Research Centre, University of Bristol. Currently in the School of Psychology at The University of Western Australia, her main research interests are in normal ageing and in degenerative conditions. Her research focuses on extending knowledge and understanding of the affective and cognitive/neuropsychological consequences of chronic diseases. She is particularly interested in the identification of potential risk factors for cognitive decline, in scale/test development, and in impairments of awareness and emotion, with a special interest in obstructive sleep apnoea. Professor Bucks has expertise in cognitive and neuropsychological assessment and interpretation, in managing the process of recruitment and research with patient populations, particularly those with cognitive difficulties, and in training and supervising researchers to work with patient participants.
Key research
Normal ageing
Neuropsychological consequences of chronic disease
Type 2 Diabetes
Obstructive sleep apnoea
Roles, responsibilities and expertise
- Volunteer panel set up
- Research with vulnerable or older groups
- Research with individuals with degenerative disease (e.g. Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s)

Design and methods
- Scale development and language of tasks (tests)
- Ethics in research
- Statistical analysis

Outcome assessment
- Measurement of thinking and memory skills, particularly in older adults
- Mood and quality of life measurement
- Sleep and performance
- Emotions and emotion regulation assessment

Head of School, January 2017 -
- Masters/PhD research supervision
- Cognitive assessment training
Funding received
Principal or co- investigator on successful grants totaling $5.0 million, and an associate investigator on grants totaling $5.5 million.

Current grants:
- 2014Visser, T., Loft, S., Bucks, R.S., Ens, J.T.Neurotrauma Research ProgramProactive programmes to reduce distraction and increase alertness in younger and older drivers$69,138
- Bucks, R.S., Anderson, M., Starkstein, S., MacPherson, S., & Della Sala, S. (2012). DP120102523 - ARC Discovery Project. The neurocognitive basis of dual-task co-ordination impairment in Alzheimer's disease, $232K
- Hillman, D., Starkstein, S., Bucks, R., James, A., Knuiman, M., & Hunter, M. (2012). NH&MRC APP1031575. Obstructive Sleep Apnoea and Depression, $593K
Australasian Sleep Association
European Sleep Research Society
Sleep Health Foundation
Australasian Society for the Study of Brain Impairment
British Association of Cognitive Neuroscience
British Neuropsychological Society
International Neuropsychological Society
Honours and awards
2011Awarded Faculty Teaching Award – Programs that Enhance Learning (PSYC1101 & PSYC1102)
2010Awarded Faculty Teaching Award – Excellence in Honours Supervision
Previous positions
01/11-01/17 Associate Professor, School of Psychology, Faculty of Life and Physical Sciences, University of Western Australia
07/07-01/11Lecturer, Level B, School of Psychology, Faculty of Life and Physical Sciences, University of Western Australia
06/05-06/07Visiting Senior Lecturer, University of Southampton, School of Psychology, Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences, Southampton, UK
08/06-03/07Clinical Neuropsychologist, 8c, Stroke Service (Poole Hospital), Dorset Healthcare NHS Trust.
03/01-05/05Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology, Level C, School of Psychology, University of Southampton
04/93-01/01Research Fellow/Manager, Bristol Research into Alzheimer’s and Care of the Elderly (BRACE) Centre, Department of Care of the Elderly, Division of Medicine, University of Bristol
Romola contributes to undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in clinical neuropsychology (particularly cognitive ageing and dementia) and research methods (e.g. systematic reviewing, psychometrics, and research ethics).
Useful links
Busselton Health Study -
Parkinson’s Centre, Curtin University -
West Australian Sleep Disorders Research Institute -
Centre for Sleep Science, UWA -
Fremantle Diabetes Study, UWA -
Current projects
Her primary research focus is on ageing, Parkinson’s disease, Type 2 diabetes, obstructive sleep apnoea and depression with a core feature of each the study of sleep disturbance and its impact on emotional and cognitive functioning. Her secondary research focus is on vulnerability, or resilience to negative affect in ageing.
Research profile
Research profile and publications

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