DR Alex Bahar-Fuchs

DR Alex Bahar-Fuchs




  • I am a researcher and clinician specializing in the field of cognitive ageing. My early work furthered our understanding of olfactory cognitive processes and their relevance to the early detection of Alzheimer’s disease. More recently, my research interests have broadened and include the development of non-pharmacological interventions aimed at primary and secondary prevention of cognitive decline and dementia. I obtained my BA in Psychology, Sociology and Anthropology from Ben-Gurion University in Israel, and completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology here at the University of Melbourne. I then completed a PhD in clinical neuropsychology at Monash University along with all requirements of an MA in clinical neuropsychology. I completed postdoctoral training at the Centre for Research on Ageing, Health, and Wellbeing at the Australian National University. Between July 2014 and December 2016, I was based at the Joseph Sagol Centre for Neuroscience at Sheba Medical Centre, Israel, as part of an NHMRC Overseas-Based Clinical Early Career Fellowship. I am a founding member and Chair of CIDER - an International Working Group, focused on the advancement of methodological quality of cognition-focused intervention trials for people at risk of dementia. I am also the Chair (2016-2018) of the Non-Pharmacological Interventions Professional Interest Area (PIA) of the International Society for the Advancement of Alzheimer's Research and Treatment (ISTAART).   


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Additional Grant Information

  • 2016 Bahar-Fuchs A. Cognitive Interventions Design, Evaluation, and Reporting (CIDER- A web-based repository of cognition-oriented treatment trials for older adults. Alzheimer’s Australia Research Foundation- Dementia Project Grant 2016 ($50,000). 2015 Bahar-Fuchs A. An International Working Group to enhance the standards of cognition-focused interventions for people at risk of dementia. Dementia Collaborative Research Centre, Knowledge Translation Kickstart Grant ($10,000) 2013 Bahar-Fuchs A. Computerised cognitive training in MCI patients. Alzheimer’s Australia Research Foundation- Dementia Project Grant 2014 ($49,925). 2013 Bahar-Fuchs A. Computerised cognitive training in MCI patients. Dementia Collaborative Research Centre – Early Detection and Prevention. Small Project Grant 2014 ($33,451) 2012 Bahar-Fuchs, A. Alzheimer’s Australia – Viertel Part-Funded Postdoctoral Fellowship 2013-2015 ($90,000)   


Education and training

  • Postdoc, Australian National University 2013
  • phD, Monash University 2009
  • P Dip Psych, University of Melbourne 2004
  • BA, Ben-Gurion University of The Negev 2002

Awards and honors

  • Receipient of a Churchill Fellowship from the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust in 2012, Churchill Memorial Trust, 2012
  • Recipient of the Monash International Research Scholarship (MIPRS), Monash University, 2005
  • Receipient of the Melbourne International Postgraduate Coursework Scholarship, University of Melbourne, 2004


Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • I am available to supervise honours and postgraduate/medical students in the areas of cognitive ageing. My specific interests and expertise are in cognition-oriented treatments for older adults at risk of or with dementia, as well as understanding mood-cognition-beliefs interactions in older age. I am primarily interested in studies with an experimental design, but will consider qualitative projects as well. Highly driven and independent students, with a passion for high-quality research on issues related to healthy and pathological ageing are encouraged to get in touch to discuss possible projects.