Professor David Barton is a senior researcher at MAPrc and Central Clinical School Monash University and Senior Research Scientist Human Neurotransmitter Laboratory Baker IDI. He is a Consultant Psychiatrist Ballarat Mental Health Services and was previously Program Medical Director Mental Health at Monash Health from April 2012 – April 2014 and Acting Director Clinical Governance at North Western Mental Health, Melbourne Health from September 2008 to March 2012. He is currently leading a Baker IDI research team on Depression and the heart - mechanisms of cardiac risk.
A/Prof Kate Hoy is an NHMRC Career Development Fellow and Clinical Neuropsychologist at MAPrc where she is Deputy Director of Therapeutic Brain Stimulation and Heads the Cognitive Therapeutics Research Program.
Kate’s research is focused on the development of novel biological treatments for cognitive impairment in both psychiatric and neurological illnesses. Specifically, her group investigates the effects of brain stimulation techniques such as transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS), transcranial Alternating Current Stimulation (tACS), transcranial Random Noise Stimulation (tRNS), Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), Theta-Burst Stimulation (TBS) and Magnetic Seizure Therapy (MST).
She is currently conducting clinical trials aimed at improving cognition in patiens with schizophrenia and Alzheimer's, as well as in healthy older adults. Kate's team is also conducting research looking at cognitive impairment in head injury and mild cognitive impairment, as well as investigating ways in which to optimise efficacy of prefrontal brain stimulation techniques.
Kate has worked in brain stimulation research for more than 13 years, has published over 70 scientific articles and 2 book chapters, and received over 2.7 million dollars competitive funding. In 2014 she was awarded the NHMRC Excellence Award for the top ranked Career Development Fellowship - Biomedical Level 1.
Kate is currently a member of the Faculty of Medicine Research Committee, a past member of the Monash ECR network, was the inaugral ECR representative on the Monash Research Committee, and is a former Deputy Chair of the Australian Academy of Science EMCR Forum, an advocacy group for early to mid-career researchers. She is also currently a mentor in the Global STEM Alliance 1000 girls, 1000 futures program. Kate also initiated, and maintains, the women in brainstim database site aimed at addressing the extreme gender imbalances at international brain stimulation conferences. Go to womeninbrainstim.com to find out more and register.
Kate is passionate about communicating science to the public, not only her own research, but the importance and impact of science in general. She gives regular talks on her research to a range of audiences, she is active on twitter, has published articles in consumer targeted magazines (i.e. Link Disability Magazine, Australian Quarterly) and on the conversation website, and has been interviewed in the media on a number of occaisions. Kate was awarded a 2013 Victorian Tall Poppy Science Award in recognition of both her research excellence and commitment to science communication.
For a list of current projects see the Cognitive Therapeutics Research Program current research page.
If you would like to find out more about Kate’s research, please contact email@example.com
Watch A/Prof Kate Hoy discuss her work at MAPrc:
Research Staff: Ms Hannah Coyle (Research Assistant)
Ms Kirsten Gainsford (Research Assistant)
Ms Caitlyn Rogers (Research Assistant)
Mr Aron Hill (Research Assistant)
Current Students: Mr Aron Hill (PhD, Monash University, Main Supervisor)
Ms Hannah Coyle (DPsych, Monash University, Main Supervisor)
Ms Melanie Emonson (DPsych, Monash University, Main Supervisor)
Ms Karyn Richardson (DPsych, Monash University, Co-Main Supervisor)
Dr Ingrid Butterfield (PhD, Monash University)
Mr SungWook Chung (PhD, Monash University)
Mr Oscar Murphy (DPsych, Monash University)
Ms Kirstyn Windsor (DPsych, Deakin University)
Alumni: Dr Neil Bailey (Post-Doctoral Researcher, Former PhD Student)
Ms Sara Arnold (Research Assistant)
Dr Christina Furtado (DPsych, Monash University)
Dr Sophie Anderson (Hons and DPsych, Monash University)
Ms Marie Claire Davis (Masters, Melbourne University)
Ms Melaine Emonson (Hons, Monash University, Main Supervisor)
Ms Florence Teo (Hons, Monash University, Main Supervisor)
Mr Paul Mulquinney (Hons, Monash University, Main Supervisor)
Mr Macro Michael (BMedSci, Monash University, Main Supervisor)
Dr Alex Lowe (Visiting international Medical Student, Homerton University Hospital)
Mr Joshua John (Visiting international PhD student, University of South Carolina)
Mr Dean Whitty (BMedSci, Monash University, Main Supervisor)
Ms Laura Blair-West (BMedSci, Monash University)
Ms Katernia Mei Ruu Lau (Honours, Monash University, Main Supervisor)
Mr Nikolay Kozlov (Honours, Monash University, Main Supervisor)
Ms Bridgette Pianta (Honours, Monash University)
Selected Recent Publications
Hill A, Rogasch NC, Fitzgerald PB, Hoy K. Effects of Prefrontal Bipolar and High-Definition Transcranial Direct Currents Stimulation on Cortical Reactivity and Working Memory in Healthy Adults. Neuroimage, In Press 2017.
Hoy KE, Bailey NW, Michael M, Fitzgibbon, B, Rogasch, N, Sakei T, Fitzgerald PB. Enhancement of working memory and task related oscillatory activity following intermittent Theta Burst Stimulation in healthy controls. Cerebral Cortex, 26(12): 4563-4573, 2016.
Hill A, Rogasch NC, Fitzgerald PB, Hoy K. TMS-EEG a window into the neurophysiological effects of transcranial electrical stimulation in non-motor brain regions. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews. 64, 175-184. 2016.
Hill A, Fitzgerald PB, Hoy KE. Effects of anodal transcranial direct current stimulation on working and recognition memory: a systematic review and meta-analysis of findings from healthy and neuropsychiatric population. Brain Stimulation 9(2):197-208. 2016.
Hoy KE, Fitzgerald PB. From bench to clinic to community: The far reaching implications of basic research. [Letter to the Editor] PNAS. 112(42), 2015.
Hoy KE, Bailey NW, Arnold SL, Fitzgerald PB. The effect of tDCS on gamma activity and working memory in schizophrenia. Psychiatry Research. 228(2), 191-196, 2015
Hoy KE, Bailey NW, Arnold SL, John J, Daskalakis ZJ, Fitzgerald PB. The effect of γ-tACS on working memory performance in healthy controls. Brain and Cognition. 101; 51-56, 2015
Hoy KE, Arnold S, Emonson M, Daskalakis ZJ, Fitzgerald PB. An investigation into effects of tDCS dose on cognitive performance over time in patients with schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Research, 155, 96–100; 2014.
Hoy KE, Emonson M, Arnold S, Thomson R, Daskalakis ZJ, Fitzgerald PB. Testing the Limits: Investigating the effect of tDCS dose on working memory enhancement in healthy controls. Neuropsychologia, 51; 1777-1784, 2013.
Hoy KE, Fitzgerald PB. Brain stimulation in psychiatry and its effects on cognition. Nature Reviews Neurology. 6, 267–275, 2010.
Hoy KE, Thomson RH, Cherk M, Yap KSK, Daskalakis ZJ, Fitzgerald PB. Effect of magnetic seizure therapy on regional brain glucose metabolism in major depression. Psychiatry Research Neuroimaging, 211(2); 169-175, 2013.
Hoy KE, Segrave RA, Daskalakis ZJ, Fitzgerald PB. Investigating the relationship between cognitive change and antidepressant response following rTMS: A large scale retrospective study. Brain Stimulation 5(4): 539-4, 2012.
Hoy KE, Fitzgerald PB. Magnetic Seizure Therapy for Treatment Resistant Depression. Expert Review of Medical Devices. 8(6):723-32., 2011
Hoy KE, Enticott PG, Daskalakis Z, Fitzgerald PB. Can a behavioural intervention enhance the effect of rTMS on mood? Brain Stimulation. 4; 84-89, 2011
Hoy KE, Fitzgerald PB. Introducing Magnetic Seizure Therapy: A novel therapy for treatment resistant depression. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry. 44; 591-598, 2010.
Jasmin is a member of the Women’s Mental Health Team at MAPrc, a position she commenced in April 2013. She supports research that is examining the potential use of Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulators (SERMs) for the psychotic symptoms of schizophrenia in men.
Jasmin completed her BPsych(Hons) after which she was awarded her PhD from James Cook University, Cairns, in 2011 for her thesis on ageing and cognitive decline. She moved to Melbourne in 2011 to undertake the Re-Contact Phase of the Women’s Healthy Ageing Project (WHAP) with the Mental Health Research Institute of Victoria (MHRI), the National Ageing Research Institute (NARI), and the University of Melbourne: A longitudinal, epidemiological study measuring biomarker, physical, hormone, psychosocial, cognitive and lifestyle factors which may affect later life health and cognition.
Jasmin has a keen interest in the impact of hormones on cognitive functioning, and hopes to contribute to research that provides further understanding of the role of hormones on mental health, and their role in enhancing recovery from mental illness.
Adjunct Professor Brian Lithgow BSc BE MEngSc SMIEEE
Associate Professor Neil Thomas
Clinical Director, Voices Clinic
BSc (Hons), DClinPsych, CPsychol, AFBPsS, MAPS, MCCLP
A/Prof Neil Thomas is a researcher from Swinburne University of Technology, and Honorary Consultant Clinical Psychologist with Alfred Health. Neil has run the Voices Clinic at MAPrc since 2008, which provides assessment, self-management programs and psychological therapy for people with persisting hallucinatory experiences such as hearing voices.
For a full list of published peer-reviewed articles, see www.researchgate.net/profile/Bernadette_Fitzgibbon
Emmy Gavrilidis is the Women's Team Research Coordinator at MAPrc, a position she has held since May 2011. Her main responsibilities include providing assistance to the team made up of staff and students by facilitating and coordinating investigation studies in the area of women's mental health as well as managing and supervising daily activities.
Emmy Gavrilidis graduated from RMIT University in 2003 with a Bachelor of Applied Science. In 2004, Emmy worked as a Research Assistant at the Epidemiology Centre of Research in Cancer, at which time she developed a keen interest in the role of hormones in women’s mental health and in June 2007 joined the women’s team at MAPrc where she worked as a Research Assistant on a trial using selective estrogen receptor modulators (Raloxifene) as a potential treatment for schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder in women, a study she continues to be actively involved in.
Dr Caroline Gurvich BA/BSc (hons), DPsych (ClinNeuro), MAPS
As a clinical research centre, working at MAP-RC has enabled me to work closely with staff in the Adult Psychiatry and Oncology Services of The Alfred hospital. This has provided the opportunity to complete a range of projects looking to improve the way care is delivered in these services. These include implementing routine distress screening on the inpatient oncology ward, evaluating the impact of an interagency initiative to improve mental health care for people living homeless, introducing sensory assessment and therapy to reduce seclusion use in inpatient psychiatry, and the benefit of creative therapies in acute psychiatry.
Dr Rosie Worsley is an endocrinologist specialising in the psychoneuroendocrine aspects of women’s health. She is currently an NHMRC Medical Postgraduate Research Scholar studying 'the menopause, menstrual cycle and gender specific health needs of women with chronic and complex illnesses'. Her doctoral studies include a pilot randomised controlled trial of metformin in women with depression which she has received a grant from the Geduld trust to conduct.
Dr Worsley graduated from Monash Medical School in 2005. She completed basic physician training at The Alfred Hospital and subsequently completed specialist endocrinology training and The Geelong and Alfred Hospital, gaining Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians in 2012. Her introduction to clinical research was as the inaugural Psychoneuroendocrinology Research Fellow at the Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre and the Women’s Health Research Program at Monash University in 2012. During 2012 she had 9 papers published or accepted in the areas of women’s endocrinology and mental health.
In a short amount of time she has also accumulated several awards including Maturitas Young Investigator of the Year 2012 (Journal of the European Menopause and Andropause Society); the Jean Hailes Memorial Prize for the Best Young Investigator presentation at the Australian Menopause Society Congress 2012; a travel award to attend the North American Menopause Society Conference in 2012; a Clinical Poster prize at the Australian Diabetes Society conference 2012; the MAPrc Best Poster Prize from the Alfred Hospital 2012; and winner of the Endocrine Society of Australia Trainees Quiz 2011.
Dr Worsley has ongoing involvement in the teaching of medical students and physician trainees at The Alfred. Clinically she works in specialist outpatient clinics at The Alfred Hospital including Menopause Clinic and the Women’s Mental Health Clinic. The Women’s Mental Health Clinic is the only clinic in Victoria to integrate endocrine and psychiatric care for women with severe mental illness, within the one clinic. Dr Worsley has an in depth understanding of the interplay between psychiatric disease and sex hormones and is in the unique position of having this as a routine part of her clinical practice.
Neil Bailey completed his PhD in neuroscience in August 2012. His thesis used brain imaging techniques to examine changes in brain activity during cognitive processing in major depressive disorder following a traumatic brain injury. Prior to his PhD, he had experience using applied behaviour analysis to provide therapy for children with autism.
His current work is focused on using novel brain imaging techniques to assess responses to brain stimulation, and testing new potiential brain stimulation methods.
Dr Jerome Maller is a Neuroscientist and Senior Research Fellow in the Brain Stimulation and Neuroimaging Lab at MAPrc. He is currently an NHMRC Industry Career Development Fellow (CDF) with a focus on a specialised MRI technique referred to as Susceptibility Weighted Imaging (SWI) and its clinical relevance in the context of traumatic brain injury (TBI). He previously completed a Centre for Excellence in Traumatic Brain Injury Research (CETBIR) Acute Care Fellowship focussing on blood-brain barrier permeability, and a Victorian Neurotrauma Initiative Research Fellowship using an MRI technique called Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI) to demonstrate that it can be predictive of the development of major depression after experiencing a TBI. His regular activities also involve other brain-related imaging and/or stimulation technologies (e.g. transcranial magnetic stimulation [TMS], electroencephalography [EEG], near infra-red [NIR], thermography [forward looking IR]). Dr Maller is involved in many local and international studies including the Monash University Bionic Eye study, the ANU’s PATH Through Life study, and the French ‘3-cities’ study. Dr Maller has over 80 peer-reviewed journal publications and has been involved in successfully obtaining over $3.5 million in grant funding. He is also an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Australian National University.
Dr Maller has compiled the Handbook of Structural Brain MRI Analysis for those new to neuroimaging. It can be found here.
Major depression disorder
Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
And a number of others, such as visual neglect, hydrocephalus, and pre-clinical dementia
Of course, I also research healthy people!
We acquire and analyze a variety of MRI scans acquired in scanners ranging in magnetic strength (1.5T to 7T), including:
Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI)
Susceptibility Weighted Imaging (SWI)
MRS (MR Spectroscopy)
fMRI (Functional MRI)
I have been involved in TMS and EEG research, separately and combined, since 2006. Led by Prof Paul B Fitzgerald, we have produced a plethora of peer-reviewed publications and elucidated a number of significant findings.
We regularly utilise MRI technology to refine our clinical and research TMS and/or EEG techniques. For example, we have published papers directly related to the accuracy of TMS coil placement by utilising magnetic stereotaxic fields.
Thermography (Far length or Forward Looking IR)
I have been utilising FL-IR technology for a number of years in the context of psychiatry research. For example, we have found that eye temperature is lower in patients with major depression than in healthy people, a finding we anticipate of publishing shortly. Pic: http://www.health.vic.gov.au/healthvictoria/jul11/rscs_jul11/eye.jpg
The lab has begun to use FL-IR cameras for other purposes, such as visualising vasculature. We use mainly Testo 875-1 (8 to 12 micron) and Agema Thermovision 450 (2 to 5 micron), as well as highly-sensitive near infrared (NIR) cameras (specifically the Watec 902H Supreme).
EVestG (Trade Mark) is a method of recording electrical signals from the vestibular system by inserting a probe in the ear canal. The recordings are taken while the person is being tilted in a chair to stimulate the vestibular system. The developers of this technology have claimed that it is able to accurately diagnose a range of mental and neurological disorders, including schizophrenia, depression, bipolar disorder and Alzheimer’s disease.
If you are interested in working with Jerome on research studies, please contact him on: Jerome.firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are interested in working with Jerome on research studies, please contact him on: Jerome.email@example.com
We are offering a PhD position at the Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre (MAPrc) in the fields of neuropsychiatry and neurophysiology. The PhD project will encompass a number of domains relating to mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) and the vestibular system. The candidate will be responsible for MRI brain scanning rats in the Monash Biomedical Imaging 9.4Tesla MRI scanner using advanced techniques such as resting state functional MRI and diffusion tensor imaging. The data is then to be analysed in order to establish the pathways between the vestibular system and other brain regions in both healthy and mTBI rats. The successful candidate will also be involved in behavioural assessment of these small animals. The successful candidate will apply for the standard APA scholarship which will then be supplemented by an additional AUD$10,000 per year scholarship from the industry partner.
The benefits to ND from investing in this research is to build clinical/biomedical evidence that EVestG works as it is believed to work when measuring subjects suffering and recovering repeated mTBI.
If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Dr Jerome Maller at firstname.lastname@example.org or Associate Professor Ramesh Rajan at Ramesh.Rajan@monash.edu
Dr Steven Miller is a clinician in occupational and pain medicine and a researcher in clinical neuroscience, visual neuroscience and consciousness science. He heads the Perceptual and Clinical Neuroscience Laboratory at MAPrc, which is engaged in basic science and clinical research. The lab has also recently entered the virtual research environment, with wide national and international collaboration for its new Binocular Rivalry Online project. Collaborating centres for this project include QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute (N. Martin), Queensland Brain Institute (M. Wright), Black Dog Institute (P. Mitchell), Bipolar Disorder Research Network (N. Craddock/X. Caseras; UK) and Institute of Psychiatric Phenomics and Genomics (T. Schulze; Germany).
Dr Miller has made, and continues to make, significant contributions to science including:
- Discovering that the rate of binocular rivalry is slow in bipolar disorder – Published in Proceedings of the Royal Society of London and Psychological Medicine. (With J. Pettigrew)
- Demonstrating that an individual’s binocular rivalry rate is under substantial genetic control – Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA. (With N. Martin, M. Wright and colleagues)
- Performing the first brain stimulation experiments on binocular rivalry – Current Biology; featured on the front cover. (With J. Pettigrew and colleagues)
- Proposing a new neurophysiological model of binocular rivalry and a new pathophysiological model of bipolar disorder – Current Biology and Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. (With J. Pettigrew)
- Developing an online binocular rivalry test for convenient and low-resource testing of large-scale clinical and control samples (thousands to tens of thousands of subjects), aiming to (i) improve genome-wide association studies of clinical disorders, (ii) examine clinical disorder diagnostic discrimination, and (iii) facilitate standardisation of behavioural protocols for binocular rivalry testing. (With QIMR Berghofer and Monash Faculty of IT)
- Driving research on neuromodulation with caloric vestibular stimulation — a simple, safe, affordable and non-invasive brain stimulation technique — to treat various clinical conditions. (With T. Ngo)
- Performing detailed analyses of empirical and conceptual foundations of consciousness science, and proposing new foundations for this nascent discipline.
Dr Miller has been awarded competitive funding from NHMRC, Victorian Neurotrauma Initiative, Defence Health Foundation, The Brain and Behavior Foundation (USA) and Monash Institute of Medical Engineering. He previously held an NHMRC Medical Post-Graduate Research Scholarship and a Victorian Neurotrauma Initiative Early Career Practitioner Fellowship. He was awarded a prestigious NARSAD Young Investigator Grant from the Brain and Behaviour Foundation (USA). Dr Miller sits on the Clinical Panel of the Victorian Government’s Health and Disability Services Group (Transport Accident Commission and WorkSafe).
The Perceptual and Clinical Neuroscience Laboratory’s interests include:
- Mechanisms of binocular rivalry, and attentional processing during rivalry
- Binocular rivalry in clinical psychiatric groups, especially bipolar disorder
- Binocular rivalry in genetic and neurological conditions
- Large-scale genetic and clinical studies of binocular rivalry
- Development of a web-based testing platform for large-scale studies of binocular rivalry and standardised binocular rivalry testing
Coming soon – BINOCULAR RIVALRY ONLINE
Brain Stimulation / Neuromodulation
- Non-invasive neuromodulation techniques, particularly caloric vestibular stimulation (CVS) and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS)
- Non-invasive neuromodulation of persistent pain
- Non-invasive neuromodulation of mania and depression
- Non-invasive neuromodulation of other psychiatric and neurologic conditions
The Scientific Study of Consciousness
- Binocular rivalry and the scientific study of consciousness
- Foundational issues in the science and philosophy of consciousness
- Interpreting brain stimulation and inhibition experiments in consciousness science
Mr Phillip Law (
Dr Trung Ngo (NHMRC Clinical Post-Doctoral Fellowship)
Dr Bryan Paton (
Dr Wendy Barsdell (DPsych)
Mr Colin Palmer (Phil Hons; main supervisor Jakob Hohwy)
Ms Jacqui Leonard (Psych Hons)
Law PCF, Riddiford JA, Paton BK, Gurvich CT, Ngo TT, Miller SM (2015). No relationship between binocular rivalry rate and eye-movement profiles in healthy individuals: A Bayes factor analysis. Perception 44 (6): 643–661.
Law PCF, Paton BK, Thomson RH, Liu GB, Miller SM, Ngo TT (2013). Dichoptic viewing methods for binocular rivalry research: Prospects for large-scale clinical and genetic studies. Twin Research and Human Genetics 16 (6): 1033–1078.
Ngo TT, Barsdell WN, Law PCF, Miller SM (2013). Binocular rivalry, brain stimulation and bipolar disorder. In S. M. Miller (Ed.), The constitution of visual consciousness: Lessons from binocular rivalry (pp. 211–252). Advances in Consciousness Research (Vol. 90). Amsterdam, The Netherlands: John Benjamins Publishing Company.
Miller SM, Ngo TT (2007). Studies of caloric vestibular stimulation: Implications for the cognitive neurosciences, the clinical neurosciences and neurophilosophy. Acta Neuropsychiatrica 19 (3): 183–203.
Full publication list available at: ResearchGate