Dr Moyra Mortby

Visiting Fellow


Dr Moyra Mortby is an NHMRC-ARC Dementia Research Development Fellow at the Centre for Research on Ageing, Health and Wellbeing (CRAHW), The Australian National University. She was awarded her PhD with Laudatio Magna Cum Laude from the University of Zurich, Switzerland for her research on apathy and depression in Mild Cognitive Impairment and Alzheimer’s disease, and completed her MSc in Research Methods in Psychology and BSc in Criminology and Psychology both at Keele University, UK.

Dr Mortby joined CRAHW in 2011 as a post-doctoral research fellow to work on a Dementia Collaborative Research Centre – Early Diagnosis and Prevention project to work on the ANDI project. As part of this project she studied the use of normative structural imaging databases to assess brain ageing across the adult lifespan. She has since also held an Alzheimer’s Australia Dementia Research Foundation Fellowship. This fellowship focused on the investigation of neuropsychiatric symptoms in pre-clinical stages of dementia. Dr Mortby is the recipient of the 2015 New Investigator Award by the International Society to Advance Alzheimer’s Research and Treatment (ISTAART) and the Neuropsychiatric Syndromes in Neurodegenerative Diseases Professional Interest Area.

Dr Mortby has driven the development of a research program on neuropsychiatric symptoms in dementia at CRAHW, leading a number of research projects investigating neuropsychiatric symptoms in dementia and pre-clinical stages of dementia, both in community-based and residential care settings. Her research interests cover behavioural, social and care aspects of dementia.


Research interests

  • Cognitive decline and dementia
  • Neuropsychiatric Symptoms of Dementia (also referred to as Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia)
  • Mild Behavioural Impairment
  • Social and care aspects of dementia



  • Mortby, M, Burns, R, Eramudugolla, R et al 2017, 'Neuropsychiatric Symptoms and Cognitive Impairment: Understanding the Importance of Co-Morbid Symptoms', Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, vol. 59, no. 1, pp. 141-153pp..
  • Ismail, Z, Elbayoumi, H, Fischer, C et al 2017, 'Prevalence of Depression in Patients With Mild Cognitive Impairment A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis', JAMA Psychiatry, vol. 74, no. 1, pp. 58-67pp.
  • Ismail, Z, Aguera-Ortiz, L, Brodaty, H et al 2017, 'The Mild Behavioral Impairment Checklist (MBI-C): A Rating Scale for Neuropsychiatric Symptoms in Pre-Dementia Populations', Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, vol. 56, no. 3, 929-938pp.
  • Ismail, Z & Mortby, M 2017, 'Cognitive and Neuropsychiatric Screening Tests in Older Adults', in Helen Chiu,Kenneth Shulman,David Ames (ed.), Mental Health and Illness of the Elderly, Springer Link, Online, pp. 1-26.
  • Eramudugolla, R, Mortby, M, Sachdev, P et al 2017, 'Evaluation of a research diagnostic algorithm for DSM-5 neurocognitive disorders in a population-based cohort of older adults', Alzheimer's Research and Therapy, vol. 9, no. 1, pp. 15-15.
  • Lanctot, K, Aguera-Ortiz, L, Brodaty, H et al 2016, 'Apathy associated with neurocognitive disorders: recent progress and future directions', Alzheimer's & Dementia, vol. (in press), pp. 1-17.
  • Cherbuin, N, Mortby, M, Janke, A et al 2015, 'Blood pressure, brain structure, and cognition: Opposite associations in men and women', American Journal of Hypertension, vol. 28, no. 2, pp. 225-231.
  • Mortby, M, Burns, R, Janke, A et al 2014, 'Relating education, brain structure, and cognition: The role of cardiovascular disease risk factors', BioMed Research International, vol. Online early version 2014, pp. 271487-271487.
  • Fankhauser, S, Drobetz, R, Mortby, M et al 2014, 'Depressive symptoms in later life: differential impact of social support and motivational processes on depression in individuals with and without cognitive impairment', European Journal of Ageing, vol. 11, no. 4, pp. 321-332.
  • Mortby, M, Janke, A, Anstey, K et al 2013, 'High "Normal" Blood Glucose Is Associated with Decreased Brain Volume and Cognitive Performance in the 60s: The PATH through Life Study', PLOS ONE (Public Library of Science), vol. 8, no. 9, pp. e73697-e73697.
  • Mortby, M.E. (2013). Apathy in Dementia: the Importance of Increasing Awareness. Australasian Epidemiologist, 20, 1, 23-25.
  • Mortby, M.E., Maercker, A. and Forstmeier, S. (2012). Apathy: a separate syndrome from depression in dementia – a review. Aging, Clinical and Experimental Research, 24, 4, 305-316. DOI: 10.3275/8105.
  • Mortby, M. E., Maercker, A. and Forstmeier, S. (2011). Midlife Motivational Abilities predict apathy and depression in Alzheimer's Disease: The Aging, Demographics and Memory Study. Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neurology, 24, 3, 151-160.
  • Lamont, A, Mortby, M, Anstey, K et al 2014, 'Using sulcal and gyral measures of brain structure to investigate benefits of an active lifestyle', Neuroimage, vol. 91, pp. 353-359.
  • Pfeifer, L., Drobetz, R., Fankhauser, S., Mortby, M.E., Maercker, A. and Forstmeier, S. (2013). Caregiver rating bias in mild cognitive impairment and mild Alzheimer’s disease: Impact of caregiver burden and depression on dyadic rating discrepancy across domains. International Psychogeriatrics. Epub ahead of print. DOI: 10.1017/S1041610213000562.
  • Forstmeier, S., Mortby, M. and Maercker, A. (2011). In R. D. Hirsch, T. Bronsch and S. K. D. Sulz (Eds.). Das Alter Birgt Viele Chancen: Psychotherapie als Türöffner. Oberhaching: CIP-Medien.
  • Forstmeier, S., Mortby, M. and Maercker, A. (2011). Kognitive Verhaltenstherapie im höheren Lebensalter: Ein Überblick. Psychotherapie im Alter (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy with older adults: a Review), 1, 9-25.
  • Forstmeier, S., Mortby, M. and Maercker, A. (2009). Kognitive, behaviorale und achtsamkeitsbasierte Interventionen in der Alterspsychotherapie (Cognitive, behavioral, and mindfulness-based interventions in psychotherapy with older adults). Psychotherapie in Psychiatrie, Psychotherapeutischer Medizin und Klinischer Psychologie, 14. 2, 277-285.