Genevieve Steiner-Lim

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

Associate Professor Genevieve Steiner-Lim is an NHMRC Emerging Leadership Fellow, and NICM Health Research Institute's clinical platform lead.

As a cognitive neuroscientist, her research spans the early detection, prevention, and treatment of memory and thinking problems in older people with the aim of reducing dementia risk and improving quality of life.

The research Associate Professor Steiner-Lim and her team conducts examines changes in the brain’s function and structure to discover biomarkers for dementia and test novel therapeutics that can provide early intervention.

Associate Professor Steiner-Lim is also Co-Director of the Age and Ageing Clinical Academic Group for the Sydney Partnership for Health, Education, Research, and Enterprise (SPHERE), a 2018 recipient of the NSW Young Tall Poppy Science Award, and Past President of the Australasian Society for Psychophysiology.

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.

See a list of past and current projects.(opens in a new window)

Awards and recognitions

  • 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


  • Co-Director, Age and Ageing Clinical Academic Group, SPHERE
  • Committee member, Campbelltown Local Health Council, South Western Sydney Primary Health Network
  • Committee member, World Young Leaders in Dementia (WYLD) Network
  • 2016-2019 Honorary Fellow, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Wollongong
  • 2016-present NHMRC National Institute for Dementia Research
  • 2016-present Australian Psychological Society
  • 2016-present Australian Society for Medical Research
  • 2015-present Brain Foundation
  • 2015-present Reviewer, Journal of Psychophysiology
  • 2015-present Reviewer, Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience
  • 2015-present Reviewer, Psychophysiology
  • 2015-present Reviewer, Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance
  • 2013-present Australasian Cognitive Neuroscience Society
  • 2013-present Reviewer, Clinical Neurophysiology
  • 2013-present Reviewer, International Journal of Psychophysiology
  • 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


For a full listing of publications please see: