Clinical Neuropsychologist  

Location: Mingary-Cairnmillar Counselling Service (Thursday) and North Melbourne (Friday) 

Availability: Thursday afternoon and Friday Mornings 

Qualifications:

  • BA (Behavioural Sciences 
  • PostGrad Dip (Psychology) 
  • PhD (Clinical Neuropsychology) 

Background and experience: 

Alex graduated from Ben-Gurion University in southern Israel in 2002 with a Bachelor of Behavioural Sciences and shortly afterwards moved to Australia where he completed postgraduate training in Psychology at the University of Melbourne and graduated with PhD in clinical neuropsychology from Monash University in 2009. Between 2009 and 2011, Alex worked in a range of hospital settings throughout Melbourne, furthering his experience as a neuropsychologist working with diverse populations, patients and settings such as outpatient neurology, acquired brain injury rehabilitation, and aged-care assessment and management.    

Seeking to expand his knowledge beyond neuropsychology, Alex then completed postdoctoral training in Public Health in the Research School of Population Health at the Australian National University in Canberra. Supported by the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia, in 2014 Alex relocated to Israel, where he went on to complete further research training at the Joseph Sagol Neuroscience Centre at Sheba Medical Centre, Israel’s largest hospital and medical research facility. He joined the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Melbourne in 2016 and is a Senior Research Fellow in the Academic Unit for Psychiatry of Old Age. He is particularly passionate about healthy cognitive ageing, and the treatment of people with or at risk of dementia.  

Approaches: 

Alex is client centred and adapts his treatment to the client presentation. He makes use of the following theoretical modalities: 

  • Process-based neuropsychological assessment, 
  • Cognitive remediation (including cognitive training and rehabilitation), 
  • Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy.   

Scope: 

  • People with mild-moderate dementia,
  • People with subjective cognitive decline or mild cognitive impairment,
  • Middle-aged adults at higher dementia risk.

About Alex: 

Dr Alex Bahar-Fuchs is an experienced clinical neuropsychologist and a Senior Research Fellow in the Academic Unit for Psychiatry of Old Age, Department of Psychiatry, the University of Melbourne. He is a recognised international expert on cognition-oriented treatments (COTs) for older adults, and his research in this area has been published in leading academic journals and is frequently cited (see full list on Google Scholar). Alex is dedicated to understanding and improving cognitive ageing. As a clinician, he works closely with clients to develop, deliver, monitor and evaluate personalised interventions to improve or maintain cognition, function, and wellbeing. In 2016, Alex joined the Academic Unit for Psychiatry of Old Age at the University of Melbourne, where he is a Senior Research Fellow, and co-head of the Cognitive Interventions, Technologies, and Evaluations (CITE) research group. Alex has been awarded several prestigious prizes grants and awards, including a Churchill Fellowship and his work has been supported by the National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC), and Dementia Australia. 

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