Professor Glynda J

Professor Glynda J Kinsella

Professor, Coordinator Postgraduate Programs in Clinical Neuropsychology

College of Science, Health and Engineering

School of Psychology and Public Health

Department of Psychology and Counselling

George Singer Building, Room 406, Melbourne (Bundoora)


DipPhysio, MSc Lond, PhD Surrey.



Membership of professional associations


Area of study


Brief profile

Glynda Kinsella is Professor of Clinical Neuropsychology, School of Psychology & Public Health and coordinator of the Postgraduate Training Programs in Clinical Neuropsychology, La Trobe University. Glynda is a Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and also the Australasian Society for the Study of Brain Impairment (ASSBI; President 2009-2011). She is a member of the International Neuropsychological Society (INS), the British Psychological Society (BPS),and Alzheimer's Association International Society to Advance  Alzheimer's Research & Treatment (ISTAART). In 2015, Glynda was awarded the APS College of Clinical Neuropsychologists' award for her significant contribution to the College and to the field of neuropsychology. Glynda has received national and university awards for her excellence in teaching (2007, 2008) and led a postgraduate team teaching award in 2009. Glynda is a registered Clinical Neuropsychologist and holds a consulting appointment in the Psychology Department, Caulfield General Medical Centre, Melbourne. Glynda is a founding member of the La Trobe-Caulfield Hospital research group (LaTCH) that developed the LaTCH Memory Group program for older people with memory concerns. Glynda's research interests include the neuropsychological assessment and management of memory and attention in healthy ageing, and also in mild cognitive impairment, associated with early Alzheimer's disease or traumatic brain injury.

Research interests

Healthy Ageing

- Prospective memory; Memory strategies, LaTCH memory group program

Neurodegenerative diseases

- Memory and attention, and interventions in mild cognitive impairment of Alzheimer's disease

Neuroscience and neuropsychology

- Clinical neuropsychology and everyday behaviour; prospective memory.

Older people

- Traumatic Brain Injury


Clinical Neuropsychological assessment and memory management; and, trainer for the LaTCH memory group.

Recent publications

Chapters in Books

 Kinsella, Olver, Ong, Hammersley, Potter (2014). Traumatic Brain Injury in Older Adults. In H.Levin, D.Shum, & R.Chan (Eds). Understanding Traumatic Brain Injury: Current Research and Future Directions. Oxford University Press. Chapt 16, pp. 356-369.

Clare, L., Kinsella, G., Logsdon, R., Whitlach, C., & Zarit, S.H. (2010). Building Resilience in MCI and Early-Stage Dementia: Innovative Approaches to Intervention and Outcome Evaluation. In B. Resnick, L. Gwyther & K. Roberto (Eds). The Handbook of Resilience in Aging: The Key to Successful Aging. Springer. Chapt 16, pp. 245-261. ISBN: 978-1-4419-0231-3

Professional Booklet

Wells, Y., Bhar, S., Kinsella, G., Kowalski, C., Merkes, M., Patchett, A., Salzmann, B., Teshuva, K., & van Holsteyn, J. (2014). What works to promote emotional wellbeing in older people: A guide for aged care staff working in community or residential care settings. Melbourne: beyondblue. ISBN: 978-1-921821-08-0


Journal articles 

Unkenstein, AE., Bryant, C.A, Judd, FK., Ong, B., & Kinsella, GJ. (accepted 4 May 2016). Understanding women's experience of memory over the menopausal transition: subjective and objective memory in pre-, peri-, and postmenopausal women Menopause


Cavuoto, M., Pike, K., Ong, B., & Nicholas, C & Kinsella, GJ. (accepted 26 Apr 2016). Better Objective Sleep Quality in Older Adults with High Subjective Memory Decline.  Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease


Lee, S., Ong, B., Pike, K., Mullaly, E., Rand, E., Storey, E., Ames, D., Saling, M., Clare, L., & Kinsella, G. (2016).The contribution of prospective memory performance to the neuropsychological assessment of mild cognitive impairment. The Clinical Neuropsychologist. DOI:10.1080/13854046.2015.1135983.


Cavuoto, M.G., Ong, B., Pike, K.E.; Nicholas, C.L., Bei, B., & Kinsella, G. (2016). Objective but not subjective sleep predicts memory in community-dwelling older adults. Journal of Sleep Research. DOI: 10.1111/jsr.12391.


Kinsella, GJ., Ames, D., Storey, E., Ong, B., Pike, KE., Saling, MM., Clare, L., Mullaly, E., & Rand, E. (2015). Strategies for Improving Memory: a Randomised Trial of Memory Groups for Older People, Including those with Mild Cognitive Impairment. Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, 49, 1, 31-43. doi: 10.3233/JAD-150378

Simm, L., Jamieson, RD., Ong, B., Garner, MWJ., & Kinsella, GJ. (2015). Making sense of self in Alzheimer's disease: reflective function and memory. Aging & Mental Health. DOI: 10.1080/13607863.2015.1120706

Cavuoto, M., Pike, K., Ong, B., Nicholas, C., & Kinsella, GJ. (2015). Naturalistic Prospective Memory in Older Adults: Predictors of Performance on a Habitual Task. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation. doi: 10.1080/09602011.2015.1074590

Pike, KE., Zeneli, A., Ong, B., Price, S., & Kinsella, GJ. (2015). Reduced Benefit of Memory Elaboration in Older Adults with Subjective Memory Decline. Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, 47, 3, 705-713. doi: 10.3233/JAD-150062

Kinsella, GJ., Olver, J., Ong, B., Gruen, R., & Hammersley, E. (2014). Mild Traumatic Brain Injury in Older Adults: Early Cognitive Consequences. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 20, 663-671. doi: 10.1017/S1355617714000447

Pike KE, Kinsella GJ, Ong B, Mullaly E, Rand E, Storey E, Ames D, Saling M, Clare L, & Parsons S. (2013). Is the WMS-IV Verbal Paired Associates as Effective as Other Memory Tasks in Discriminating Amnestic Mild Cognitive Impairment from Normal Aging? The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 27, 6, 908-923. doi:10.1080/13854046.2013.809149

Hutchens RL, Kinsella GJ, Ong B, Pike KE, Clare L. , Ames D, Saling MM, Storey E, Mullaly E, Rand E, & Parsons S (2013). The Relationship between Control Beliefs, Strategy Use, and Memory Performance in amnestic Mild Cognitive Impairment and Healthy Aging. Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, 27, 6, 908-923. doi: 10.1093/geronb/gbt016

Delprado, J., Kinsella, GJ., Ong, B., & Pike, K. (2013). Naturalistic Measures of Prospective Memory in Amnestic Mild Cognitive Impairment. Psychology and Aging, 28, 2, 322-332. doi: 10.1037/a0029785

Price, S, Kinsella, G.J., Ong, B., Mullaly, E., Phillips, M., Pangnadasa-Fox, L., Perre, D., & Storey, E. (2012). Semantic verbal fluency performance in amnestic mild cognitive impairment: Contribution of Working Memory. Neuropsychology, 26, 490-497.

 Godler, D.E., Slater, H.R., Bui, Q.M., Storey, E., Ono, M.Y., Gehling, F., Inaba, Y., Francis, D., Hopper, J.L., Kinsella, G., Amor, D.J., Hagerman, R.J., & Loesch, D.Z. (2012). FMR1 intron 1 methylation in blood predicts verbal cognitive impairment in female carriers of expanded FMR1 alleles: evidence from a pilot study. Clinical Chemistry, 58, 3, 590-598. doi: 10.1373/clinchem.2011.17762

Pike, K.E, Kinsella, G.J, Ong, B, Mullaly, E, Rand, E, Storey, E, Ames, D, Saling, M, Clare, L, Parsons, S (2012). Names and Numberplates: Quasi-everyday associative memory tasks for distinguishing mild cognitive impairment from healthy ageing. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, 34 (3), 269–278

Delprado, J., Kinsella, G., Ong, B., Pike, K., Ames, D., Storey, E., Saling, M., Clare, L., Mullaly, E., & Rand, E. (2012). Clinical Measures of Prospective Memory in Amnestic Mild Cognitive Impairment. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 18, 295-304.

Loesch, DZ, Sherwell, S., Kinsella, G., Tassone, F., Taylor, A., Amor, D., Sung, S., & Evans, A.  (2012). Fragile X associated tremor/ataxia phenotype in a male carrier of unmethylated full mutation in the FMR1 gene. Clinical Genetics, 82, 88-92.

O’Halloran, C. J., Kinsella, G. J. , & Storey, E. (2012). The cerebellum and neuropsychological functioning: a critical review. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, 34, 35-56.

Hutchens RL, Kinsella GJ, Ong B, Pike KE, Parsons S, Storey E, Ames D, Saling MM, Mullaly E, Rand E, Clare L. (2012). Knowledge and use of memory strategies in amnestic mild cognitive impairment. Psychology and Aging, 27, 3, 768-777.

Kinsella, G.J. (2011). What are the Characteristics of Traumatic Brain Injury in Older Adults? Brain Impairment, 12, 71-75.

Loesch DZ, Kotschet, K., Trost, N., Kinsella, G., Slater, H., Venn, A., & Horne, M. (2011). White matter changes in basis pontis in small expansion FMR1 allele carriers with parkinsonism. American Journal of Medical Genetics Part B - Neuropsychiatric Genetics, 156, 502-506. DOI: 10.1002/ajmg.b.31189

Loesch DZ, Godler DE, Evans A, Bui QM, Gehling F, Kotschet KE, Trost N, Storey E, Stimpson P, Kinsella G, Francis D, Thorburn DR, Venn A, Slater HR, Horne M (2011). Evidence for the toxicity of bidirectional transcripts and mitochondrial dysfunction in blood associated with small CGG expansions in the FMR1 gene in patients with parkinsonism. Genetics in Medicine. 13, 5, 392-399. DOI: 10.1097/GIM.0b013e3182064362

Kinsella, G.J, Mullaly, E., & Pike, K. (2010). Cognitive interventions in early Alzheimer’s disease and mild cognitive impairment. InPsych, Bulletin of the Australian Psychological Society, October, 14-15.

Kinsella, G.J. (2010). Everyday memory for everyday tasks: Prospective memory as an outcome measure following TBI in older adults. Brain Impairment, 11, 37-41.

Price, S, Kinsella, G.J., Ong, B., Mullaly, E., Phillips, M., Pangnadasa-Fox, L., Perre, D., & Storey, E. (2010). Learning and Memory in Amnestic Mild Cognitive Impairment: Contribution of Working Memory. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 16, 342 – 351.

Kinsella, G.J., Ong, B., & Tucker, J. (2009). Traumatic Brain Injury and Prospective Memory in a Virtual Shopping Trip: Does it matter who generates the task? Brain Impairment, 10, 45-51.

Kinsella, G.J., Mullaly, E., Rand, E., Ong, B., Burton, C., Price, S., Phillips, M., & Storey, E. (2009). Early cognitive intervention for mild cognitive impairment: A randomized controlled trial. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, 80, 730-736.


Research projects

Recent research projects have centred on evaluation of the neuropsychological changes and interventions for changes in memory and attention in traumatic brain injury in older adults, mild cognitive impairment and neurodegenerative conditions including early Alzheimer’s disease.