Dr Sharna Jamadar
Dr Sharna Jamadar is Chair for the Centre’s Gender, Equity and Diversity Committee, which aims to create an environment where all staff and students are equally respected and valued and enjoy equity of both opportunity and outcomes.
Dr Jamadar is a cognitive neuroscientist interested in how our life experiences shape our brains. She is interested in how these life experiences may convey risk or protection against the ageing process; and also how becoming a parent shapes our brains in the short and long term. She is highly interdisciplinary in her approach, and uses multiple neuroimaging methods (fMRI, PET, EEG, optical imaging) together with cognitive, behavioural, and psychosocial measures, to understand brain–behaviour relationships.
Dr Jamadar currently leads the Cognitive Neuroimaging program at Monash Biomedical Imaging, and works closely with her colleagues from engineering, physics, radiography, epidemiology, philosophy and social science to understand the multiple facets of the human brain and its interaction with the world. She is a recognised advocate for diversity and accessibility in STEM, and an advocate for early career researchers in neuroscience.Dr Jamadar established the Australasian Cognitive Neuroscience Society (ACNS) ECR Committee in 2015; and the ACNS Equity and Diversity Committee in 2019; in 2020 she was elected as Secretary to the ACNS Executive Committee. In 2016 she co-founded the Australasian Women in Neuroscience network with Prof Lindy Fitzgerald; and in 2019 she was invited to serve on the Australian Academy of Science Equity and Diversity Reference Group.
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