Dr Alexandra Adams

Dr Alexandra Adams

Associate Lecturer

School of Psychological Sciences

Career Summary


Dr Alexandra Adams completed her PhD at the University of Queensland in 2020, before joining the University of Newcastle as an Associate Lecturer in early 2021. Her research to date has focused primarily on social cognitive function following stroke. Social cognition refers broadly to how we process and respond to social information, and is fundamental to the development and maintenance of strong interpersonal relationships.

In her PhD, Alexandra used two complementary methodological approaches to enhance current understanding of post-stroke social cognitive impairment: meta-analysis, and empirical assessment. In addition to these PhD studies, Alexandra has also led a major longitudinal research project which provided the first direct test of whether the social cognitive difficulties evident acutely post-stroke have potentially important prognostic validity. She has also collaborated on a large-scale study examining the neural substrates involved in post-stroke social cognitive dysfunction, as well as on research studies focused on social cognitive function in other groups including healthy older adults, Parkinson’s disease, and multiple sclerosis.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Psychological Sciences (Honours), University of Queensland


  • Affective empathy
  • Social behaviour
  • Social cognition
  • Social perception
  • Stroke
  • Theory of Mind


  • English (Mother)

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
520401 Cognition 40
520207 Social and affective neuroscience 60

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Associate Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Psychology
Associate Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Psychological Sciences


For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.

Journal article (7 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2021 Adams AG, Henry JD, von Hippel W, Laakso E-L, Molenberghs P, Robinson GA, Schweitzer D, 'A comprehensive assessment of poststroke social cognitive function.', Neuropsychology, 35 556-567 (2021)
DOI 10.1037/neu0000741
2020 Coundouris SP, Adams AG, Henry JD, 'Empathy and theory of mind in Parkinson's disease: A meta-analysis', NEUROSCIENCE AND BIOBEHAVIORAL REVIEWS, 109 92-102 (2020)
DOI 10.1016/j.neubiorev.2019.12.030
Citations Web of Science - 9
2020 Grainger SA, Rakunathan V, Adams AG, Canty AL, Henry JD, 'An assessment of age differences in theory of mind using the virtual assessment of mentalizing ability', AGING NEUROPSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITION, 28 97-107 (2020)
DOI 10.1080/13825585.2020.1713290
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 3
2019 Adams AG, Henry JD, Molenberghs P, Robinson GA, Nott Z, von Hippel W, 'The relationship between social cognitive difficulties in the acute stages of stroke and later functional outcomes', SOCIAL NEUROSCIENCE, 15 158-169 (2019)
DOI 10.1080/17470919.2019.1668845
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2
2019 Domínguez D JF, Nott Z, Horne K, Prangley T, Adams AG, Henry JD, Molenberghs P, 'Structural and functional brain correlates of theory of mind impairment post-stroke.', Cortex, 121 427-442 (2019)
DOI 10.1016/j.cortex.2019.09.017
Citations Web of Science - 6
2019 Adams AG, Schweitzer D, Molenberghs P, Henry JD, 'A meta-analytic review of social cognitive function following stroke.', Neurosci Biobehav Rev, 102 400-416 (2019)
DOI 10.1016/j.neubiorev.2019.03.011
Citations Web of Science - 13
2019 Coundouris SP, Adams AG, Grainger SA, Henry JD, 'Social perceptual function in parkinson's disease: A meta-analysis.', Neurosci Biobehav Rev, 104 255-267 (2019)
DOI 10.1016/j.neubiorev.2019.07.011
Citations Web of Science - 12
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Dr Alexandra Adams


Associate Lecturer
School of Psychological Sciences
College of Engineering, Science and Environment

Contact Details

Email alexandra.adams@newcastle.edu.au
Phone 02 4985 4908


Room W251
Building Behavioural Sciences Building (W)