Associate Professor Jeffrey Looi

Associate Professor
Senior Staff Specialist, Older Persons Mental Health Service
Acting Head Academic, Unit Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine
Researcher - Aged & Chronic Care
Organisational unit member - Canberra Hospital Campus
Academic Unit Psychiatry & Addiction Medicine, Canberra Hosp
 02 6205 3500





  • Psychiatry


Associate Professor Jeffrey Looi is a clinical academic neuropsychiatrist, leading an international research network on cognitive neuroscience and structural neuroimaging biomarkers in neurodegenerative and neuropsychiatric disease.  He qualified MBBS (equivalent to US/EU MD) in 1992, and was awarded a research higher doctorate, MD (equivalent to US/EU - DSc/DMedSc) in 2011. He is board certified as a consultant physician in psychiatry (FRANZCP, 1999) and has qualifications in medical administration (AFRACMA, 2006). A Foundation Faculty member since 2003, he was appointed (2006) and continues as Associate Professor and Acting Head (08/2016-), Academic Unit of Psychiatry & Addiction Medicine, ANU Medical School. He was appointed as a Clinical Associate Professor at the Melbourne Neuropsychiatry Centre, University of Melbourne in 2015.

Professor Looi has received multiple international research and leadership awards, including: a Fulbright Scholarship at the Laboratory of Neuro Imaging, UCLA Medical School (2005); Australian Davos Connection Future Summit Leadership award (2006); and a Young Psychiatrist Award from the Pacific Rim College of Psychiatrists (2012). He has held senior positions with the Australian Medical Association and Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists for more than a decade; and is an author on more than 70 peer-reviewed papers and 100 other publications (h-index=21).

The international research network he leads is AUSSIE, the Australian United States Scandinavian/Spanish Imaging Exchange. This network focuses on mentoring medical researchers in clinical neuropsychiatry and neuroscience research: especially medical students, medical scientists and physicians in training, as well as collaborative interdisciplinary research (neuroscience, computational science/engineering, medical physics, psychology, neurology, neuroradiology and psychiatry). The network is a platform for developing early career research and collaborative skills, as well as for international scientific exchange. A number of students, graduates and start-up collaborators have received local, national and international awards for their research excellence.


Research interests

  • Structural-functional correlative magnetic resonance neuroimaging in neurodegenerative and neuropsychiatric disease: endophenotype characterisation
  • Subcortical neuroimaging biomarkers for neurodegenerative and neuropsychiatric disease
  • Manual and automated segmentation of neuroanatomic structures in brain magnetic resonance images: computational neuroanatomy
  • MRI processing, data analysis and computer visualisation
  • Cognitive neuroscience and neuroanatomy of neurodegenerative disease
  • Translational neuroimaging measures for clinical practice



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