Technology-assisted telehealth psychotherapy intervention for people with dementia

Project opportunity

This Earmarked Scholarship project is aligned with a recently awarded Category 1 research grant. It offers you the opportunity to work with leading researchers and contribute to large projects of national significance.

The PhD project will be part of a NHMRC MRFF Dementia, Ageing and Aged Care Mission funded study, which aims to develop and evaluate the efficacy and and cost-effectiveness of a new Technology Assisted and Remotely Delivered Anxiety Psychotherapy Intervention for People Living with Dementia and their Care Partners (Tech-CBT). As part of the study, we will undertake a process evaluation to assess treatment fidelity, dose and contextual factors that may influence effectiveness, to inform future implementation in community and memory clinic dementia care settings. The student will work closely with the advisory team to discuss the details of the PhD project, which will focus on developing the future implementation framework for Tech-CBT. This project would suit someone with a background in psychology or health sciences.

Scholarship value

As a scholarship recipient, you'll receive: 

  • living stipend of $28,854 per annum tax free (2022 rate), indexed annually
  • tuition fees covered
  • single Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)


Dr Nadeeka Dissanayaka

Faculty of Medicine


Preferred educational background

Your application will be assessed on a competitive basis.

We take into account your

  • previous academic record
  • publication record
  • honours and awards
  • employment history.

A working knowledge of mixed methods research and implementation science would be of benefit to someone working on this project.

The applicant will demonstrate academic achievement in the field(s) of gerontology/ageing and relevant fields such as psychology, health sciences or health services research and the potential for scholastic success.

A background or knowledge of mixed (qualitative and quantitative) research methods and implementation science methodologies and frameworks is highly desirable.

Latest commencement date

If you are the successful candidate, you must commence by Research Quarter 2, 2023. You should apply at least 3 months prior to the research quarter commencement date.

If you are an international applicant, you may need to apply much earlier for visa requirements.

How to apply

You apply for this project as part of your PhD program application.

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