Dr Theresa Scott

NHMRC-ARC Dementia Research De

School of Psychology
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences
+61 7 344 32546


Dr Theresa Scott is a Psychologist whose research focuses on older adults and Geropsychology. She holds an NHMRC-ARC Dementia Research Development Fellowship and has experience in research on functional outcomes for persons with dementia in communities and residential aged care. Theresa's NHMRC-ARC Dementia Research Development Fellowship focuses on the complex issues around dementia and driving. The aim of this research program is 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; Social support; Stigma; 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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Book Chapter

  • Scott, Theresa L. and Pachana, Nancy A. (2016). Therapeutic gardens and expressive therapies. In 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. In Nancy A. Pachana (Ed.), Encyclopedia of geropsychology (pp. 1-5) Singapore: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-981-287-080-3_268-1

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Conference Publication

Other Outputs

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • 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.