Ashleigh Baker

B Psych Hons (University of Newcastle, Australia)

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Doctoral Candidate - Doctor of Philosophy

Research | Current

Behavioural-variant frontotemporal dementia (bvFTD) is a devastating, highly heritable, neurodegenerative disorder characterised by progressive deterioration of personality, behaviour, and social functioning, as well as cognitive abilities. In collaboration with Brain Research New Zealand and the Centre for Brain Research, my PhD dissertation focuses on identifying early biomarkers of behavioural-variant frontotemporal dementia (bvFTD).  Early biomarkers of bvFTD will be investigated among presymptomatic members of a large family cohort who carry the specific genetic mutation for bvFTD, that is, individuals that will develop bvFTD in the future. Various thinking abilities (including Theory of Mind, memory and future thinking) will be assessed and MRI used to measure brain markers. An electronic qualitative journaling component is currently being designed to provide further insights into bvFTD and participant experiences.

Joint co-supervisors:

  1. Associate Professor Lynette Tippett
  2. Professor Donna Rose Addis

Teaching | Current

Graduate Teaching Assistant for PSYCH109: Mind, Brain & Behaviour


Graduate Teaching Assistant for HLTHPSYC 122: Behaviour, Health and Development (Psychological Medicine)


Brain Research New Zealand PhD Scholarship (2016)

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Baker, A. T., Byles, J. E., Loxton, D. J., McLaughlin, D., Graves, A., & Dobson, A. (2013). Utility and Acceptability of the Modified Telephone Interview for Cognitive Status in a Longitudinal Study of Australian Women Aged 85 to 90. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 61 (7), 1217-1220. 10.1111/jgs.12333
  • Powers, J. R., Loxton, D. J., O’Mara AT, Chojenta, C. L., & Ebert, L. (2013). Regardless of where they give birth, women living in non-metropolitan areas are less likely to have an epidural than their metropolitan counterparts. Women and Birth, 26 (2), e77-e81. 10.1016/j.wombi.2012.12.001

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SCIENCE CENTRE 302 - Bldg 302
New Zealand

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