Romola Bucks

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

  • The University of Western Australia (M410), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth

    Australia

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

    6009 Perth

    Australia

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Personal profile

Roles and responsibilities

Director, The Raine Study https://www.rainestudy.org.au

Member of Academic Board and of Academic Council (2020-2022)

 

Biography

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.

Funding overview

Principal or co- investigator on successful grants totaling $6.8 million, and an associate investigator on grants totaling $9.4 million.

Grants through UWA listed under Grants tab.

Other grant funding:

  • 2020-2021 (2 years). CIs: Fatima, Martis, Skinner, Skinner, Bucks, Eastwood, King, Jatrana & Mamun. Tropical Australian Academic Health Centre Seed Funding Scheme 2020. Nurse-led and Aboriginal health worker supported model for Obstructive Sleep Apnoea diagnosis and management in remote Queensland.  AU$50,000
  • 2020 (3 years). CIs: Fatima, Mamun, Skinner, Bucks, Blunden, Yiallarou, Smith, McDaid. AIs: Tran, Eastwood, Varela, Solomon, King. Indigenous Health Research Fund: MRFF, APP1201569. Co-designed sleep health program to achieve better sleep and improved mental health symptoms in Indigenous adolescents. AU$586,961
  • 2020 (3 years). CIs: Naismith, Grunstein, Phillips, Hoyos, Yaffe, Martins, Marshall, Lagopoulos, Jackson, & Mowsowski. AIs: Goodenough, Rofail, Barnes, Woodward, Donegan, Osorio, Bucks, Duffy, Erigadoo, Lung. NH&MRC Boosting Dementia Research Grant: GNT1171479. REducing Sleep Apnoea for the PrEvention of Dementia (REShAPED): a multi-site feasibility RCT. AU$1,468,685
  • 2019 (3 years). Rainey-Smith, Martins, Eastwood, Ree, Bucks, Villemagne, Weinborn, Doecke, Brown. Alzheimer’s Association International Research Grant Program (US). Improving sleep to promote healthy brain aging: an intervention study. US$149,400
  • 2017 (2 years). McArdle, N, Hillman, D., Bucks, R.S., & Starkstein, S. Sir Charles Gairdner and Osborne Park Health Care Group. Characterising patterns of depressive symptoms in obstructive sleep apnoea: a latent class analysis approach. AU$36,159
  • 2016 (1 year). Butun, S., Chen, W., Pestell, C., and Bucks, R.S. Fremantle Hospital Medical Research Foundation. The mediating influence of sleep on cognitive symptoms amongst children with complex ADHD. AU$15250
  • 2015 (4 years). Andrea Loftus, Natalie Gasson, Romola Bucks and Meghan Thomas. Parkinson’s Western Australia: The Zrinski Research Grant. The Impact of Cognition on Everyday Function, Quality of Life, Motor Symptoms, Sleep, Mood and Carer Experience in Parkinson’s. AU$185,000
  • 2016 (2 years). Rainey-Smith, S.R., Bucks, R.S., Martins, R.N. Equity Trustees Limited: Mason Foundation National Medical Program (funded by the J. J. Mason & H.S. Williams Memorial Foundation). Category 1 MAS2015F034. The contribution of sleep factors to healthy cognitive ageing: a pilot sleep-specific cognitive behavioural intervention study. AU$60,000
  • 2014 (2 years). Rainey-Smith, S., Martins, R., Weinborn, M., Bucks, RS., Brown, M. Brain Foundation Category 3. Determining the influence of objectively measured sleep quantity and quality on cognitive function, blood and neuroimaging biomarkers of Alzheimer's disease. AU$42,926
  • 2013 (3 years) Pestell, C., Bucks, R., Bayliss, D., McCann (PhD Candidate) & Marriner, A. (PhD candidate). Neurosciences Unit [NMHS-MH] & UWA. Sleep and Neurocognitive Functioning in Children with Neuropsychiatric Conditions. AU$1450
  • 2011 (1 year). Bucks, R. UWA School of Psychology. Sleep Across the Lifespan. AU$6,000
  • 2011 (2 years). Loftus, Bucks & Thomas. Parkinson’s West Australia. The impact of sleep fragmentation and hypoxia on executive function, memory and health-related quality of life in Parkinson’s disease. AU$6,000
  • 2011 (2 years). Loftus, Bucks, Kroczek (PhD candidate). Young Onset Group (YOGS). The impact of sleep on thinking, memory and quality of life in Parkinson’s Disease. AU$5,000
  • 2010 (3 years). Palmer, Musk, Atlas, Beilby, Bucks, Constable, Davey-Smith, Emery, Foster, Hung, James, Knuiman, Mukherjee, Musk, Newton, Thompson. West Australian Government. The Busselton Healthy Ageing Study. AU$1,000,000
  • 2009 (3 years) CIs: Dunlop, Allison, Harvey, Davis, Galea, Denehy, Nunn, Marshall, Acland, Geraghty, Mareels. AI: Bucks. Victorian Neurotrauma Initiative. SCIPA (Spinal Cord Injury and Physical Activity): Intensive Exercise from Acute Care to the Community. AU$4,676,832
  • 2009 (2 years). Dunlop, Mastaglia, Ker, Grove, Hamer, Buchanan, Allison, Singer, Lloyd, Thickbroom, Lay, Bucks, & Geelhoed. Neurotrauma Research Programme. Move Again Programme. AU$100,000
  • 2009 (1 year). Hill, Padoa, Allen, Shults, Bucks. Paul Poloni Research Fund (British Academy of Childhood Disability). Respiratory function in children with severe motor disorders using night-time postural equipment. £7420
  • 2008 (2 years). Cruise, Thomas, Bucks, & Loftus. ECU Early Career Researcher Grant Scheme. Profiling Non-Motor Symptoms in Early Parkinson's Disease. AU$24,935
  • 2008 (1 year). Dunlop, Mastaglia, Ker, Grove, Hamer, Buchanan, Allison, Singer, Lloyd, Thickbroom, Lay, Bucks, & Geelhoed. Neurotrauma Research Programme. Move Again Programme. AU$20,000.
  • 2007 (1 year). Hill and Bucks [joint PIs]. World Universities Network (University of Southampton). Life-span physiological and functional adaptation to hypoxia at altitude. £4997.
  • 2007 (1 year). Bucks. University of Western Australia. Travel grant. $750
  • 2006 (1 year). Bucks. Guarantors of Brain. Travel grant. £650
  • 2005 (3 years). Richardson, Bucks & Hogan. Gerald Kerkut Charitable Trust. Awareness of error in normal ageing and dementia. £7,000
  • 2004 (2 years). Peron, Dror & Bucks. British Academy, Small Research Grant. An investigation into the mechanisms used by older adults in making decisions under pressure. £4,583
  • 2004 (3 years). Perry, Bucks, Gidron, Grimble, & Rawlins. Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council BBS/B/15864. Impact of systemic inflammation on cognition and the underlying mechanisms. £437,061
  • 2003 (1 year). Bucks, Maguire, & Maier. Learning Teaching Support Network (LTSN). Creating ethical research: understanding ethics committee decision making. £2980
  • 2000 (2 years). Bucks, Emmerson, Spaull, & Wilcock. PPP Healthcare Medical Trust Older People Programme Project - 265/393. An evaluation of a psycho-educational intervention in older adults with mild cognitive impairment using a combination of randomised control trial and n=1 methodology. £45,557.
  • 1996 ( 3 years). Baddeley, Wilcock & Bucks. Medical Research Council - G9603074. Central executive deficits in Alzheimer’s disease. £68,670
  • 1996 (3 years). Bucks. NHS Executive, Research and Development Directorate – Doctoral Award.  Intrusion errors in Alzheimer’s disease. £81,080

Previous positions

01/1/17 - 20/1/2020 Head of School, School of Psychological Science, University of Western Australia

  • Led developments in Indigenizing our curriculum, Succession planning through developing academic leaders, Secured full accreditation of our programs with the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council, and Led strategic growth in the School, including the launch of a new Master of Business Psychology.

01/11-01/17 Associate Professor, School of Psychology, Faculty of Life and Physical Sciences, University of Western Australia

  • 2012-2014 - Chair Postgraduate Clinical Training Programs Management Committee
  • 2012-2014 - Director, Clinical Psychology Postgraduate Programs
  • 2010-2012 - Director, Clinical Curriculum Development Process

07/07-01/11 Lecturer, Level B, School of Psychology, Faculty of Life and Physical Sciences, University of Western Australia

  • 2008-2011 - Coordinator PSYC1101: Psychology Mind and Brain
  • 2008-2011 - Level 1 Year Coordinator

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).

Research

Normal ageing
Neurodegeneration
Neuropsychological consequences of chronic disease
Type 2 Diabetes
Parkinson's
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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