Dr Hess is an early career researcher having completed a PhD in science and psychology. She was awarded the Chancellors Doctoral Research Medal for this work. Previously, Dr Hess completed a degree in Psychology with honours.
Across the course of her PhD Dr Hess worked closely with elderly individuals with dementia. She has also both volunteered for and coordinated the activities of a dementia day respite program.
Dr Hess is now pursuing both clinical and research work in the field of neuropsychology, specifically, investigating the aging brain and the various cognitive pathways underpinning changes in the aging brain.