Genevieve Steiner-Lim

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PhD, BPsych (Hons, Class I)
NHMRC Emerging Leadership Fellow II, NICM Health Research Institute
Clinical Platform Lead, NICM Health Research Institute

Associate Professor Genevieve Steiner-Lim is an NHMRC Emerging Leadership Fellow and the Clinical Research Platform Lead at NICM Health Research Institute, Western Sydney University. Her cognitive neuroscience research program spans the early detection, prevention, and treatment of cognitive decline in older people with the aim of reducing dementia risk and improving quality of life.  She combines psychophysiological and neuroimaging methods with other interdisciplinary research techniques – such as clinical trials, mixed-methods, neuropsychology, machine learning, metabolomics, immune and genetic markers – to test novel therapeutics that can provide early intervention for dementia with a focus on herbal medicine, nutraceuticals, and lifestyle.

Associate Professor Steiner-Lim has attracted >$16.4M AUD in grant funding including two back-to-back NHMRC Fellowships, 22 awards and prizes, and has published over 87 peer reviewed publications in high impact journals.  She currently leads a team of 15 in the HEADBOX Lab comprising research fellows, postdocs, research assistants, and higher degree research students.  She is also Co-Director of the Age and Ageing Clinical Academic Group for Maridulu Budyari Gumal (SPHERE).

Research focus

  • Cognitive neuroscience
  • Mild cognitive impairment
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Learning and memory
  • Medicinal cannabis
  • Dementia prevention
  • Neuroplasticity

Projects and grants

Associate Professor Steiner-Lim's research has been supported by numerous external funding agencies including an NHMRC, government and industry.

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Awards and recognitions

  • 2022 Best Oral Presentation Award, Australian Dementia Research Forum 2022 (ADRF2022)
  • 2021 Inaugural EMCR Award (Mid-Career Category), Australasian Society for Psychophysiology
  • 2020 Research Excellence Through Partnership Award, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice President, Research, Enterprise and International, Western Sydney University
  • 2019 Best Paper Award (Senior Category), NICM Health Research Institute, Western Sydney University
  • 2018 NSW Young Tall Poppy Science Award, Australian Institute for Policy and Science
  • 2016 Vice-Chancellor’s Excellence as an Early Career Researcher Award, Western Sydney University
  • 2016 Early Career Research Award, School of Science and Health, Western Sydney University
  • 2016 Australia-China Young Scientists Exchange Program (YSEP), Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE)
  • 2016 Best Presenter, NHMRC-ARC Dementia Research Development Fellows, NHMRC National Institute for Dementia Research Australian Dementia Forum
  • 2014 Best Postgraduate Oral Platform Presentation, 24th Australasian Society for Psychophysiology Annual Conference,
  • 2014 Best Tutor Award (voted by students), School of Psychology, University of Wollongong
  • 2012 Best Postgraduate Presentation, 22nd Australasian Society for Psychophysiology Annual Conference
  • 2011 Student Publication Prize, Faculty of Health and Behavioural Science, University of Wollongong
  • 2011 Australian Postgraduate Award, Department of Industry, Australian Government
  • 2010 Dean's Merit List, Faculty of Health and Behavioural Science, University of Wollongong


  • 2016-present Honorary Fellow, School of Psychology, University of Wollongong
  • 2016-present NHMRC National Institute for Dementia Research
  • 2016-present Australian Psychological Society
  • 2016-present Australian Society for Medical Research
  • 2013-present Australasian Cognitive Neuroscience Society
  • 2011-present International Organization of Psychophysiology
  • 2011-present Society for Psychophysiological Research
  • 2010-present Australasian Society for Psychophysiology


  • 2015 PhD (Psychology) with Examiners’ Commendation for Outstanding Thesis, University of Wollongong, Australia
  • 2010 BPsyc (Hons, Class I), University of Wollongong, Australia


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