Professor Donna Rose Addis

BA/MA (Auckland), PhD (Toronto)

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Honorary Professor


Donna Rose completed her BA and MA in Psychology at The University of Auckland. She then undertook a PhD as a Commonwealth Scholar at the University of Toronto, followed by a post-doctoral fellowship at Harvard University.

Donna Rose returned to the School of Psychology in 2008, where she leads the Memory Lab. Her research is supported by the Marsden Fund and an inaugural Rutherford Discovery Fellowship. In 2010, Donna Rose won the prestigious Prime Minister’s MacDiarmid Emerging Scientist Prize.

Research | Current

How do memory abilities change with advancing age and disease? What impacts do such changes have on other aspects of psychological functioning?

Donna Rose’s research combines neuroimaging, behavioural and neuropsychological methods to investigate how the brain remembers past experiences, how we use memory to simulate future events and construct a sense of identity, and how these abilities change in healthy ageing and dementia.

Donna Rose has a particular interest in the role of the hippocampus in memory, and she has conducted research with other populations with hippocampal dysfunction, including Alzhiemer's disease, temporal lobe epilepsy and depression.


Postgraduate supervision

Donna Rose supervises postgraduate students at the Honours, Masters and PhD level. Possible research areas for postgraduate students include:

  • Neural correlates of memory and imagination
  • The links between cognitive flexibility, creativity and imagination
  • Impairments of memory and imagination in different populations (including depression, aging, degenerative diseases)
  • The relationship between memory and identity


  • Australasian Cognitive Neuroscience Society Young Investigator Award (2015)
  • Cognitive Neuroscience Society Young Investigator Award (2015)
  • Early Career Research Excellence Award, The University of Auckland (2012)
  • “Rising Star”, Association for Psychological Science (2011)
  • Inaugural Royal Society of New Zealand Rutherford Discovery Fellow (2010)
  • Prime Minister’s MacDiarmid Emerging Scientist Prize (2010)
  • Laird Cermak Award for Early Contributions to Memory Research (2006)
  • University of Toronto Academic Achievement Award (2006)
  • Commonwealth Scholarship (2001)

Areas of expertise

Cognitive Neuroscience, Neuroimaging, Memory

Committees/Professional groups/Services

Member, University Discipline Committee

Member, Marsden Fund EHB Panel

Secretary & Elected Member, International Society for Behavioural Neuroscience

Elected Member, Memory Disorders Research Society

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • McLelland, V. C., Devitt, A. L., Schacter, D. L., & Addis, D. R. (2014). Making the future memorable: The phenomenology of remembered future events. Memory, 1-9. 10.1080/09658211.2014.972960
  • Prebble, S. C., Addis, D. R., & Tippett, L. J. (2013). Autobiographical Memory and Sense of Self. Psychological Bulletin, 139 (4), 815-840. 10.1037/a0030146
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Lynette Tippett
  • Schacter, D. L., Addis, D. R., Hassabis, D., Martin, V. C., Spreng, R. N., & Szpunar, K. K. (2012). The future of memory: remembering, imagining, and the brain. Neuron, 76 (4), 677-694. 10.1016/j.neuron.2012.11.001
  • Addis, D. R., Roberts, R. P., & Schacter, D. L. (2011). Age-related neural changes in autobiographical remembering and imagining. Neuropsychologia, 49 (13), 3656-3669. 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2011.09.021
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Reece Roberts
  • Martin, V. C., Schacter, D. L., Corballis, M. C., & Addis, D. R. (2011). A role for the hippocampus in encoding simulations of future events. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A, 108 (33), 13858-13863. 10.1073/pnas.1105816108
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Michael Corballis
  • Schacter, D. L., Addis, D. R., & Buckner, R. L. (2007). Remembering the past to imagine the future: the prospective brain. Nat Rev Neurosci, 8 (9), 657-661. 10.1038/nrn2213
  • Addis, D. R., Moscovitch, M., & McAndrews, M. P. (2007). Consequences of hippocampal damage across the autobiographical memory network in left temporal lobe epilepsy. Brain, 130 (Pt 9), 2327-2342. 10.1093/brain/awm166
  • Addis, D. R., Wong, A. T., & Schacter, D. L. (2007). Remembering the past and imagining the future: common and distinct neural substrates during event construction and elaboration. Neuropsychologia, 45 (7), 1363-1377. 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2006.10.016


Contact details

Primary office location

SCIENCE CENTRE 302 - Bldg 302
Level 3, Room 371
New Zealand

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