Romola Bucks

Professor, Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, BSc MSc PhD Bristol

  • The University of Western Australia (M304), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


1988 …2020

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Personal profile


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.

Roles and responsibilities

- 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 overview

Principal or co- investigator on successful grants totaling $6.2 million, and an associate investigator on grants totaling $9.3 million.

Latest grant:

- 2020 (3 years). Yaqoot, Mamun, Skinner, Bucks, Blunden, Yiallarou, Smith, McDaid. digenous Health Research Fund. Co-designed sleep health program to achieve better sleep and improved mental health symptoms in Indigenous adolescents. $586,961

Previous positions

01/1/17 - 20/1/2020 Head of School, School of Psychological Science, University of Western Australia
01/11-01/17 Associate Professor, School of Psychology, Faculty of Life and Physical Sciences, University of Western Australia
07/07-01/11 Lecturer, Level B, School of Psychology, Faculty of Life and Physical Sciences, University of Western Australia
06/05-06/07 Visiting Senior Lecturer, University of Southampton, School of Psychology, Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences, Southampton, UK
08/06-03/07 Clinical Neuropsychologist, 8c, Stroke Service (Poole Hospital), Dorset Healthcare NHS Trust.
03/01-05/05 Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology, Level C, School of Psychology, University of Southampton
04/93-01/01 Research 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

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.

Teaching overview

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).


Normal ageing
Neuropsychological consequences of chronic disease
Type 2 Diabetes
Obstructive sleep apnoea

Research expertise keywords

  • Obstructive sleep apnoea
  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Cognitive ageing
  • Dementia
  • Emotion processing
  • Measurement
  • Neuropsychological assessment
  • Executive function

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  • Personality factors and cerebral glucose metabolism in community-dwelling older adults

    Sohrabi, H. R., Goozee, K., Weinborn, M., Shen, K., Brown, B. M., Rainey-Smith, S. R., Salvado, O., Taddei, K., Bucks, R. S., Maruff, P., Laws, S. M., Lenzo, N., Laws, M., DeYoung, C., Speelman, C., Laske, C., Ames, D., Savage, G. & Martins, R. N., 27 Apr 2020, In : Brain Structure and Function. 225, p. 1511–1522

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