Dr Theresa Scott

Senior Lecturer

School of Psychology
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences
+61 7 336 56723


Dr Theresa Scott is Senior Lecturer in Clinical Geropsychology and formerly NHMRC-ARC Dementia Research Development Fellow and is experienced in research on functional outcomes for older persons and persons with dementia in communities and residential aged care. Theresa's NHMRC-ARC Dementia Research Development Fellowship focused on the complex issues around dementia and driving. The aim of this research program was to translate a comprehensive support- and education-based driving cessation intervention for people with dementia and their carers, into clinical practice. The results of this research will enhance understanding of the issues for health professionals who monitor driving cessation in primary care settings; and inform the most effective strategies for primary care delivery of the intervention in metropolitan and regional areas.

Theresa is skilled in both qualitative and quantitative methods of research design and analyses, and in evaluation research. Her research to date has focused on ageing well programs, psychosocial interventions that support people with dementia and their carers, social and therapeutic horticulture to combat loneliness and depression for older people, clinical psychology postgraduate training and continuing professional development programs. Additional research interests include evidence-based complementary and expressive therapies for older adults; psychosocial interventions in long-term care environments; and attitudes to ageing and self-stereotypes.

Research Interests

  • Dementia
    Mobility; Driving; Fitness to drive assessment; Social support; Addressing stigma; Supporting communication within families; Engagement
  • Ageing
    Positive ageing; Psychosocial interventions to support ageing well
  • Evidence-based therapies
    Social and therapeutic horticulture; Reminiscence therapy; Music therapy; Animal-assisted therapy


  • Doctor of Philosophy (Psychology), The University of Queensland
  • Graduate Certificate in Research Methods (Soc Sc), The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours 2A), The University of Queensland


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  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Available Projects

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Featured Publications

Book Chapter

  • Scott, Theresa, Liddle, Jacki and Pachana, Nancy A. (2021). Driving and community mobility for people living with dementia. Dementia rehabilitation: evidence-based interventions and clinical recommendations. (pp. 129-147) edited by Lee-Fay Low and Kate Laver. London, United Kingdom: Elsevier.

  • Musselwhite, Charles B.A. and Scott, Theresa (2021). Transport modes and an aging society. International Encyclopedia of Transportation. (pp. 6-12) Amsterdam, Netherlands: Elsevier BV. doi: 10.1016/b978-0-08-102671-7.10398-7

  • Scott, Theresa L. and Pachana, Nancy A. (2016). Therapeutic gardens and expressive therapies. Complementary, alternative, and integrative interventions for mental health and aging: research and practice. (pp. 529-546) New York , NY, United States: Oxford Univerisity Press.

  • Scott, Theresa L. (2015). Horticultural therapy. Encyclopedia of geropsychology. (pp. 1-5) edited by Nancy A. Pachana. Singapore: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-981-287-080-3_268-1

Journal Article

Conference Publication

Other Outputs

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

Possible Research Projects

Note for students: The possible research projects listed on this page may not be comprehensive or up to date. Always feel free to contact the staff for more information, and also with your own research ideas.