Associate Professor Samantha Loi is a neuropsychiatrist and old age psychiatrist, who graduated in medicine from Monash University in 2002 and obtained her Fellowship of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists in 2011. She also completed Advanced Training in Psychiatry of Old Age in 2012, and her PhD in 2016. She has clinical expertise in the areas of neuropsychiatric disorders such as Huntington’s disease (HD) and other younger-onset dementias and has previous worked with older adults in metropolitan and regional settings. She is also involved with pro bono work with asylum seekers and refugees and is a firm believer in advocacy and supporting those who are most vulnerable.
Dr Loi’s clinical experience is complemented by her clinical-research. She is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne and leads a longitudinal project following up younger people with neurocognitive disorders, funded by an NHMRC Early Career Fellowship. Her PhD investigated depression in older carers and she continues to explore ways to support carers of people who attend Neuropsychiatry. Dr Loi is also involved with using technology to improve the care of people with dementia and other psychiatric disorders and developed the Symptom Assessment Manager (www.cerescape.com/sam) which monitors neuropsychiatric symptoms in real-time.
When Dr Loi is not at work, she passes her time by baking, playing the piano and trying not checking her emails.