- Centre for Developmental Psychiatry and Psychology (CDPP) – [Overview] [Website]
- Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science (CFBS) – [Overview] [Website]
- Monash-Epworth Rehabilitation Research Centre – [Overview] [Website]
- Southern Synergy – [Overview] [Website]
Aged Mental Health Research Unit – Professor Daniel O'Connor
Psychiatrists and psychologists in the Aged Mental Health Unit combine their expertise in the diagnosis, assessment and treatment of the sorts of mental disorders experienced by older people. Their research interests include: diagnosis and treatments for depression and/or dementia; helping carers with difficult behaviours in older people with dementia; assisting general practitioners provide better mental health services to their older patients; and quality of life for nursing home residents.
Clinical Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory – Professor Julie Stout
Under the leadership of Professor Julie Stout, the Clinical and Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory (or the Stout Lab as it is known) is known for their development and implementation of strategies and tools for sensitive measurement of cognitive function to aid in the understanding and treatment of Huntington Disease. We are also known for work on cognitive models of decision making and their applications to clinical populations, especially drug use problems. The main approaches we use include computerized cognitive, clinical neuropsychological, and neuropsychiatric assessment, along with mathematical modelling and neuroimaging (MRI, EEG). Our aim is to link state-of-the-art research methods to clinical problems in ways that will help to understand heterogeneity among people with various disorders, and also in ways that have clear potential for affecting treatments.
Developmental Neuroscience and Genetics Disorders Lab – Professor Kim Cornish
This Laboratory, led by a world-leading expert in genetic disorders, focuses on mapping out the trajectory of both neurodevelopmental disorders and typical development across the lifespan: from infancy to old age. Currently the lab has a particular interest on the neurodevelopmental disorders Fragile X, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Williams-Beuren syndrome and Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). One of the primary goals of this research is to demonstrate how cognitive delays in each developmental disorder must be addressed with care and attention to their unique qualities
Emotion and Well-Being Research Unit – Associate Professor Nikki Rickard, Dr Dianne Vella-Brodrick
The Emotion and Well-Being Unit (EWBU) aims to understand more fully the psychological and neurobiological processes which promote and sustain well-being. Our team is internationally recognized for its work on identifying correlates and methods for enhancing well-being in a range of settings including education, workplaces and communities and for specific populations such as adolescents and the chronically ill. We are also known for our research on biological mechanisms underlying strong emotional experiences, particularly with music.
Experimental Neuropsychology Research Group – Professor Nellie Georgiou-Karistianis
Undertaking innovative behavioural (cognitive and motor) and brain imaging research in a range of neurodegenerative disorders, the Experimental Neuropsychology Research Unit encapsulates aspects of both neurology and psychiatry in characterizing cognitive and motor function in both normality and disease, as well as to determine how differences in brain function relate to symptomatology across disorders. The Unit uses a range of experimental behavioural, and neuroimaging, techniques to examine cognitive and motor function in neurodegenerative disorders and in normal healthy populations.
Sleep and Chronobiology Research – Associate Professor Shantha Rajaratnam
The Sleep and Chronobiology Research Group is primarily concerned with circadian rhythms, controlled by the internal biological clock that regulates sleep and waking. The group is also interested in environmental factors that affect circadian rhythms (e.g. light), and the effects of restricted sleep on neurobehavioural functioning in both healthy people and people with psychiatric conditions.
Social Sciences and Health Research Unit – Professor Lenore Manderson
Social Sciences and Health Research addresses emerging questions in the field of applied medical anthropology and public health. This includes areas such as Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM), parenting experiences and issues, and the importance of community in mental health and wellbeing.
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