Dr Amee Baird

NHMRC/ARC Research Fellow

Dr Amee Baird completed a PhD and MPsych (Clinical Neuropsychology) at the University ofMelbourne in 2003 on the topic of sexual outcome after epilepsy surgery. Since then she has worked as a clinical neuropsychologist in both clinical and research positions overseas and in Australia, including the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in London, and Salpetriere Hospital in Paris, where she completed postdoctoral research on the topic of music and memory and her interest in music and dementia was inspired.

Amee is an Associate Investigator with the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders at Macquarie University. She is currently funded by an NHMRC-ARC Dementia Research Development Fellowship (part time Health Professional) for the project ‘Can music mend minds? Investigating the mechanisms underlying the beneficial effects of music in persons with dementia’. She is also co-director of a private practice, Newcastle NeuroHealth, where she conducts clinical and medico-legal neuropsychological assessments of adults with neurological disorders.


Research interests:

·      Music evoked autobiographical memory

·      Memory in music and non-music domains

·      Use of music in cognitive rehabilitation in people with brain injury or disease

·      Cognition in musicians with neurological disorders  

·      Music training and cognitive reserve