Dr Maria V. Soloveva received her PhD in Clinical and Cognitive Neuropsychology from the School of Psychological Sciences and Turner Institute for Brain and Mental Health, Monash University, Australia, in 2019. Her work focuses on characterising compensatory brain processes using structural and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), as well as neurocognitive assessments to better understand the linkages between brain compensation and cognitive dysfunction in health (healthy ageing) and disease (Huntington’s disease, Parkinson’s disease). Maria is interested in examining the role non- pharmacological (e.g., sleep quality, cognitive reserve, physical exercise, hormones) and online interventions play at inducing positive neuroplastic and behavioural responses, such as improved motor, cognitive and psychiatric functioning. Maria has published first author articles in neuroscience Q1 journals, has presented at ~ 10 peer-reviewed leading national and international conferences, and has secured local (Postgraduate Publication Award) and international (XXII World Congress on Parkinson’s Disease and Related Disorders Travel Award) awards, highlighting the leading contribution she has made to the field of psychology and clinical and cognitive neurosciences. Currently, Maria is a research supervisor (100% CI) for six Graduate Diploma of Psychology (Advanced) (Monash University) students in the area of Applied and Social Psychology, with the aim to disentangle the impact of COVID-19 messages on cognitive function and empathy in essential workers, as well as to identify the predictors of well-being in this cohort.