Dr Kylie Dingwall

Program leader | Cognition and Brain Health

Qualifications:

PhD (Psychology), Charles Darwin University, 2010; Bachelor of Arts (Psychology, Honours), University of Queensland, 2004; Bachelor of Arts (Psychology), Griffith University, 2002.

Approved level of HDR supervision at Charles Darwin University:

Primary Supervisor for PhD

Location:

Alice Springs

Biography:

Dr Kylie Dingwall leads the Mental Health program of research in Alice Springs. She has lived and worked in Alice Springs for over 13 years in various roles, including child protection and Indigenous health research.

Kylie’s research focus includes identifying causes and risk factors for mental health and substance misuse problems, and then developing and trialling tools and interventions to help communities and individuals to stay strong along with discovering ways to overcome language and literacy barriers.  She has an interest in developing e-mental health and mental health literacy tools and currently leads projects investigating e-mental health implementation and effectiveness trials in an Indigenous setting. This work builds on the previous AIMhi body of research and includes the translation, testing and implementation of the AIMhi Stay Strong App.

Kylie also has an interest in cognition and brain health. Current brain research includes investigating the optimum dose of thiamine for treating and preventing brain impairments from thiamine deficiency/Wernicke Korsakoff’s syndrome and investigating the causes and risk factors for dementia among Aboriginal people living in aged care homes in Alice Springs. These projects build on previous research investigating the cognitive impacts of substance misuse and timeline for recovery with abstinence. Her work has also included examining the reliability and validity of cognitive and psychological assessment tools for Aboriginal people.
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Kylie has a strong interest in using the knowledge gained from previous research to inform the development of appropriate protocols and interventions for the detection and management of cognitive, substance misuse and mental health problems that can be used in primary health care practice.