Senior Staff


Senior Research staff at MAPrc include psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, neuropsychologists, neuroscientists, and clinical researchers. They are a highly dedicated group with postgraduate research qualifications and/or substantial clinical research experience. Senior Research staff contribute to the strategic research direction of MAPrc, and occupy a diverse range of roles across all research streams. Primary responsibilities of MAPrc senior research staff include the coordination and management of research projects (under the guidance of the Executive Team), mentoring and supervising junior researchers and students, teaching, applying for competitive research funding, presenting at research conferences and seminars, and preparing research reports for publication.








Dr Caroline Gurvich


Dr Caroline Gurvich

Caroline is a Senior Research Fellow and a clinical neuropsychologist.

Caroline is the Deputy Director, MAPrc and Deputy Driector of the Women’s Mental Health Division at MAPrc, and Head of the “Hormones and Cognition Group".  Caroline combines neuropsychological assessments with eye movement research to clearly characterise cognition.  She has a particular interest in how hormones influence cognitive functioning in mental health and illness. 

Caroline has over 75 publications that have ultimately contributed to a better understanding of how biological factors influence symptoms and cognition in mental health and mental illness. She is the recipient of several awards, prizes and competitive grant funding, including NHMRC project grants, an NHMRC early career fellowship, Rebecca Cooper Foundation project grant as well as institutional and philanthropic funding. She is a dedicated supervisor to PhD candidates, honours students, neuropsychology registrars and medical student placements. Caroline has established ongoing biodatabanks to better understand biological mechanisms underpinning symptoms across a range of neuropsychiatric disorders.  


Caroline is also passionate about gender equity in science and is the Chair of the central clinical school Gender Equity Diversity and Inclusion (GEDI) committee.

Current projects and key areas of interest

Sex hormones and cognition

Eye movements in psychiatry

Stress hormones, early life adversity and cognition

If you would like to find out more about Caroline’s research, please contact:

Student Supervision and Research Team members

For available PhD projects: For Project Details Click Here

Current PhD Supervision

Current Neuropsychology registrar supervision

Current Post-doctoral Supervions

Current (2020) honours supervision

Current (2020) medical student research placement supervision

Completed PhD Candidates Supervision

Elizabeth Thomas (Monash University, PhD, 2019)

Sean Carruthers (Swinburne University, PhD, 2019)

Sacha Filia (Monash University, PhD 2016)

Phillip Law (Monash University, PhD 2017)

Mehrnaz Shoushstarian (Monash University, PhD  2008).

Kay McCauley (Monash University, PhD 2009)



Ms Emmy Gavrilidis

Emmy Gavrilidis  

BAppSci (Psychology)– Women’s Mental Health Division - Research Manager

Emmy Gavrilidis is the Women’s Mental Health Division Research Manager at MAPrc, a position she has held since April 2017. Prior to this Ms Gavrilidis was the Women’s Mental Health Division Coordinator (2011-2017) and Research Assistant (2007-2011). While working in these roles Ms Gavrilidis developed her skills in data collection and study coordination research methodology, protocol development and staff and student supervision. She has a strong career background in scientific research. She has coordinated and managed several large international multi-centre research trials, with recruiting centres from all over the world. She has extensive research experience and her role encompasses facilitating communication between collaborators, liaison with internal and external stakeholders, preparation of research grants, manuscripts, reports and ethics submissions, promotions and budgeting and financial management. She is also a key player in the organising committee for a number of national and international conferences. She is responsible for supporting strategic and operational processes with the goal to ensure growth and success of the division in research, teaching, learning and engagement. She is also a liaison for philanthropic, industry and partner collaborations in the Women’s Mental Health Division and is responsible for providing research progress reports to these bodies.





Dr Gemma Sharp

Dr Gemma Sharp BSc (Mol Biol) (Hons), MSc (Oncology), Dip Lang, Grad DipPsyc, BBSc (Hons), PhD (Clin Psyc), MAPS

Click here to watch a clip with Gemma explaining her role and research

Gemma is an NHMRC Early Career Research Fellow in the Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biology (University of Adelaide), Bachelor of Science Honours degree in Microbiology and Immunology (University of Adelaide), a Masters degree in Oncology (University of Cambridge), a Diploma in Languages in Japanese (University of Adelaide), a Graduate Diploma in Psychology (University of Adelaide), a Bachelor of Behavioural Sciences Honours degree in Psychology (Flinders University) and a PhD in Clinical Psychology (Flinders University). Her research career in both Medical Science and Psychology has seen her study and work in Australia, Japan and the UK. 

Gemma was awarded a PhD from Flinders University in Adelaide in 2017 which investigated the psychological predictors and outcomes of female genital cosmetic surgery. She worked as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate and Academic at Curtin University in Perth in 2016-2017 and expanded her research to include male genital cosmetic procedures. She began her NHMRC Early Career Research Fellowship at the Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre (MAPrc) at Monash University in 2018 which focuses on the factors leading to body image concerns and novel therapeutic interventions using digital technologies to address these concerns. She leads the Body Image Research Group at MAPrc.
Gemma's research has received extensive coverage on mainstream media and she makes regular appearances on television. She was named one of ABC Radio National's Top 5 Under 40 Scientists in 2017 and also was invited to deliver at TEDx talk in Brisbane in 2017. Most recently, she received a national AMP Tomorrow Maker Award (2019), was named as a national finalist for the Bupa Health Foundation Emerging Health Researcher Award (2019), and was a Young Tall Poppy Award winner for Victoria (2018). She has also served as a co-host on Triple R's Radiotherapy program since 2018. 
Gemma is also a clinical psychologist and has had clinical experience in the public and private sectors in Adelaide, Perth and Melbourne. She has her own private practice and particular areas of clinical interest are body image concerns, eating disorders and body dysmorphic disorder. She serves on the Australian Psychological Society’s National Clinical College Committee as the Early Career Representative, the Victorian Section of the Australian Psychological Society's Clinical College Committee, and the Australian Society for Psychosocial Obstetrics and Gynaecology Executive Committee. 

You can follow Gemma's latest research and other activities on Twitter @gemmasharp11Key areas of interest:

·         Body Image

·         Eating Disorders and Body Dysmorphic Disorder

·         Cosmetic Procedures (particularly cosmetic genital procedures)

·         Psychological Interventions and Online Therapies using Artificial Intelligence

Gemma is available to supervise Honours and PhD students

If you would like to find out more about Gemma’s research, please contact her on:

Key papers:

·         Sharp, G., Maynard, P., Hamori, C.A., Oates, J., Sarwer, D.B., & Kulkarni, J. (2020). Measuring quality of life in female genital cosmetic procedure patients: A systematic review of patient-reported outcome measures. Aesthetic Surgery Journal.


·         Sharp, G., & Oates, J. (2019). Sociocultural influences on men’s penis size perceptions and decisions to undergo penile augmentation: A qualitative study. Aesthetic Surgery Journal. 39, 1253-1259. 

·         Sharp, G., Tiggemann, M., & Mattiske, J. (2016). Psychological outcomes of labiaplasty: A prospective study. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. 138, 1202-1209.

·         Sharp, G., Tiggemann, M., & Mattiske, J. (2015). Predictors of consideration of labiaplasty: An extension of the tripartite influence model of beauty ideals. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 39, 182-193.

·         Sharp, G., Tiggemann, M., & Mattiske, J. (2014). The role of media and peer influences in Australian women’s attitudes towards cosmetic surgery. Body Image, 11, 482-487.


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Dr Caroline Thew

Dr Thew is the endocrinologist at the Women's Mental Health Clinic (WMHC) and has over 20 years experience working as a clinical endocrinologist in private practice and attached to Royal Melbourne Hospital. Her PhD research topic was Studies of Insulin Resistance in Human Adiopocytes and she maintains a particular  interest in Type 11 diabetes and Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. She has developed a weight loss and exercise program with the motivational psychologist at the WMHC, Cindy Yu. This is particularly helpful for patients who may have experienced weight gain as a side effect of their psychiatric medication. Dr Thew has experience in perimenopausal hormone management and this is an expanding area of clinical and research interest. She has been involved in the development of the online short course in Women's Mental Health.