SUPERVISION

To completion, A/Prof Steiner has trained 1 Fulbright Scholar, 2 PhDs (1 awarded with Examiners’ Commendation for Outstanding Thesis, 1 under examination), 2 Masters students (primary supervisor; both awarded high distinctions for their theses), 7 Honours students (6 primary, 1 co-supervisor; 3 awarded Class I), 2 Clinical Research Fellowships and 2 Summer Scholarship students (all primary). I am currently training 8 PhD students (4 primary, 4 co-supervisor) and 3 Masters students (2 primary, 1 co-supervisor).

Under her guidance A/Prof Steiner’s students have excelled, 8 have won best presentation (4) or runner-up (4) awards at national conferences – one of these an Honours award, despite only being a 3rd year undergraduate. A/Prof Steiner has mentored her students to be highly productive, publishing 11 journal articles and 26 conference abstracts (presented at 7 national and 2 international conferences), with another 7 journal articles currently under peer review.

All of her present and past PhD students have scholarships, and she has also mentored and supported through the application process: 1 Fulbright Scholar, 3 MRes students, and NHMRC Investigator Grant EL1 (APP1196262) and NHMRC ECF (APP1166247) based on her previous fellowship success. A/Prof Steiner also sponsors and mentors her students for career development opportunities: 2 of her PhD students now work as postdocs and 2 of her Summer Scholarship students now have full-time fixed term appointments as research assistants in her research Institute.


PHD RESEARCH SUPERVISION

COMPLETE OR UNDER EXAMINATION

Ms Diana Karamacoska, PhD Research Co-supervisor, University of Wollongong (2016-2019): Preparatory EEG Activity and Performance Outcomes (awarded with no corrections and examiners’ commendation for outstanding thesis)

Mr Jack Fogarty, PhD Research Co-supervisor, University of Wollongong (2016-2020): Clarifying the Sequential Processing Schema in Young Adults  (under examination

ONGOING

Mr David Varjabedian, PhD Research Primary Supervisor, Western Sydney University (2020-present): A novel cannabis therapeutic strategy for Alzheimer’s disease

Mrs Katerina Christofides, PhD Research Primary Supervisor, Western Sydney University (2019-present): Examining the effects of inflammation, excitatory neurotransmitters and neuronal activity on cognition in mild cognitive impairment (MCI) due to Alzheimer’s disease

Ms Holly Eva Ratajec, PhD Research Primary Supervisor, Western Sydney University (2018-present): Characterising the neurodegeneration associated with Alzheimer’s disease using multimodal techniques

Mr Ehsan Alvandi, PhD Research Co-supervisor, Western Sydney University (2019-present): Genomic Characterisation of Dogzheimer: A Canine Model of Human Alzheimer’s Disease

Ms Anita Connell, PhD Research Co-supervisor, Western Sydney University (2019-present): Music instrument learning throughout ageing and cognitive impairment

Mrs Adele Cave, PhD Research Primary Supervisor, Western Sydney University (2016-present): A pilot clinical trial of the efficacy and safety of Cognition Support Formulation (BioCeuticals) on cognitive function in older adults with subjective cognitive complaints

Ms Elena Mavromoustakos, PhD Research Co-supervisor, Western Sydney University (2017-present): Simple and Cost-effective Strategies for Enhancing Prospective Memory and Functional Capacity in Mild Cognitive Impairment


MASTERS RESEARCH SUPERVISION

COMPLETE

Ms Shivani Prashant Shah, MHSc Research Dissertation Primary Supervisor, Western Sydney University (2016-2017): Curcuma longa for Dementia (Final Mark, 85)

Mr Luke Manwaring, MSc Research Dissertation Primary Supervisor, Western Sydney University (2015-2016): The Role of Citizen Science in Science Communication (Final Mark, 83)

ONGOING

Eman Shatnawi, MRes Primary Supervisor, Western Sydney University (2020-present): Establishing a dementia friendly community in Western Sydney

Lauren Dewsbury, MRes Primary Supervisor, Western Sydney University (2019-present): Therapeutic potential for butyrate in dementia

Ms Zainab Al-Modhefer, MRes Co-supervisor, Western Sydney University (2018-present): Understanding diabetic neuropathy from head to toe: exploring the contribution of peripheral and central nervous pathology to lower limb sensory dysfunction in people with diabetes and mild cognitive impairment


HONOURS RESEARCH SUPERVISION

COMPLETE

Ms Danielle Shipton, Honours Research Primary Supervisor, Western Sydney University (2018): Can common carotid artery ultrasound detect a plausible biological mechanism for subjective cognitive impairment? (Final Mark, 75)

Mr David Varjabedian, Honours Research Primary Supervisor, Western Sydney University (2018): Episodic memory event-related theta oscillations in older adults with mild cognitive impairment due to Alzheimer’s disease (Final Mark, 81)

Ms Sarah Saddik, Honours Research Primary Supervisor, Western Sydney University (2018): Resting state EEG functional connectivity and graph theory in older adults with mild cognitive impairment due to Alzheimer’s disease (Final Mark, 66)

Ms Katherine Joannou, Honours Research Primary Supervisor, University of Wollongong (2018): Neural correlates of executive function in women with endometriosis (Final Mark, 85)

Ms Sapphire Love, Honours Research Primary Supervisor, University of Wollongong (2018): Resting state EEG activity in women with endometriosis (Final Mark, 85)

Ms Diana Karamacoska, Honours Research Supervisor, University of Wollongong (2013): Clarifying Response Processes in a Cued Continuous Performance Test (Final Mark, 92)


FULBRIGHT SCHOLARS

COMPLETE

Ms Nikita Roy, Fulbright Scholarship Primary Supervisor, Western Sydney University (2019): An investigation of the Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF) Val66Met polymorphism to determine genetic markers for dementia and cognitive decline


A/Prof Steiner welcomes collaboration on research supervision.  If you are considering undertaking a higher research degree, please contact A/Prof Steiner via email to discuss a potential project.