Research: Professor Nancy A. Pachana has an international reputation in the area of geriatric mental health, particularly with her research on late-life anxiety disorders. She co-developed the Geriatric Anxiety Inventory (GAI), a published short self-report inventory in wide clinical and research use globally, translated into two dozen+ languages, available commercially at http://www.gai.net.au/ Her research interests include the measurement and treatment of anxiety and mood disorders in later life, novel empirical interventions in residential aged care and for carers, measurement of cognitive decline, and general health and well-being in later life. She has been an invited keynote at many international conferences.
Publications and citations: Pachana has published 175+ original articles in peer-reviewed international journals and 27 book chapters, as well as 5 edited and 1 authored books. These publications span the disciplines of gerontology, geriatric psychiatry and clinical psychology, and include first-author original articles and reviews in high-impact psychology journals (e.g., Psychological Assessment; Journal of Affective Disorders). Her research is well-cited cited (Google Scholar: 3100+ cites, h index 27; Scopus: 1785; h index 20).
Grants: Pachana has received more than 11 million dollars in competitive research funding since 2006, including a CI on an Australian Ageing Productively Program Grant for $AU2.1 million, examining predictors of healthy ageing in the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health (ALSWH) and the Perth Health in Men Study, as well as co-PI on the Centre for Research Excellence in Women's Health in the 21st Century (CREW21) at UQ for $AU2.2 million. She is a CI on the HABITAT (How Areas in Brisbane Influence healTh And activity) longitudinal study, with an $AU1.2 million NH&MRC 5 year project grant.
Engagement and Contribution to the Discipline: Pachana contributes regularly to government and non-government programs relating to ageing research and health care for older persons (eg. QLD Health Dementia Clinical Network, Alzheimer’s Australia QLD). She is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, and serves on the editorial board of the Journals of Gerontology: Psychological Science, one of the top two journals in the world for publication of research in the science of the psychology of aging. She is co-founder and co-director of The University of Queensland Ageing Mind Initiative, providing a focal point for clinical, translational ageing-related research at The University. In 2010 she was awarded an Australian Davos Connection (ADC) Future Summit Leadership Award, based on her expertise and leadership in the field of geropsychology. She has supervised 15 PhD students, and these students have taken up post-doctoral positions at such institutions as Oxford University, UK and Johns Hopkins University, USA.
Translation into Policy and Practice: Pachana is a member of the World Health Organisation Consultation Group on the Classification of Mental and Behavioural Disorders in Older Adults, which reports to the International Advisory Group for the Revision of ICD-10 Mental and Behavioural Disorders. From 2009-2011 Pachana was the only international member of the American Psychological Association Task Force on Dementia Assessment Guidelines, which serve as the US national guidelines for assessment of dementia and related conditions for the next 10 years. In 2006 Pachana led a team publishing guidelines for the provision of psychological services for older adults, adopted as part of the Australian Psychological Society national ethical codes of practice for psychologists in Australia. She has co-authored several major reports to government from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health, most recently on ageing.