Experts in clinical neuroscience, mental health, neurotechnologies and exercise physiology. For more information, contact us at BrainPark@monash.edu, or call 03 9902 7275.
A trained clinical neuropsychologist and NHMRC Principal Research Fellow, Murat is BrainPark's Founding Director as well as leader of the Addiction and Mental Health program within Monash University's Turner Institute for Brain and Mental Health.
A clinical neuropsychologist and the David Winston Turner Senior Research Fellow, Rebecca oversees BrainPark's studies of non-medication treatments for impulsive-compulsive conditions and lifestle interventions to boost wellbeing and mental health.
An international Psychiatrist, Leo contributes his expertise to BrainPark's projects in obsessive-compulsive, anxiety and related disorders and biological psychiatry. He's building the biggest and most detailed databank of OCD patients in the world.
Utilising multiple-modalities of neuroimaging methods (including structural MRI, functional MRI and MR spectroscopy) to understand brain health, Chao oversees the analysis of intervention-related brain changes in BrainPark's research study participants.More Info launch
Leading the development of emerging cognitive technologies with industry partners, Rico is building the BrainPAC gamified assessment battery to phenotype, monitor and train core cognitive and behavioural constructs across compulsive disorders and habits.
Investigating the cognitive drivers of risk and resilience across a range of behaviours and life domains, Lucy's research spans from compulsive disorders to optimal functioning and resilience in dynamic, high-stress environments.
As the Wilson Foundation-BrainPark Research Fellow, Karyn provides effective management and ongoing quality enhancement of lifestyle and technology-based behavioural interventions with a view to translating evidence-based interventions into the community.
Utilising structural and functional brain imaging methods, Yann studies the links between prolonged exposure to various compounds within cannabis, individual's brain and mental health, and associated cognitive and psychological factors.
Coordinating facility development (including policy/procedures, business management and daily operations), James ensures that BrainPark operates as a world-leading research platform and works with external researchers interested in utilising the facility.
Strategically coordinating research funding applications, Amy also contributes to BrainPark's governance, management decision‑making, change management, business planning, performance delivery/improvements and public talks, tours and events.
Investigating physical activity and stress management as therapies for compulsive behaviours, Amelia also supports BrainPark's day-to-day operations and administration. Her role is funded through the support of the Wilson Foundation.
Passionate about the interplay between mental health, physical health and exercise, Sam creates operational procedures to ensure physical exercise measurements, programs, data handling and analysis, are consistently meeting gold-standards.
Drawing on his clinical experience, Eddie helps BrainPark bridge the gap between exercise, mental and brain health within clinical, industry and community organisations. His role involves developing partnerships, programs and tailored interventions.
Working with the Australian Defence Force on a hybrid Delphi study to investigate dimensions of cognitive fitness, Rebecca provides efficient research administration, conducts focus groups, qualitative interviews and facilitates Delphi consensus panels.
Working on the 'Brain, Exercise and Addition Trial (BEAT)' to compare the effect of two different exercise programs on brain health in regular cannabis users, Joseph works across project administration, recruitment and participant testing.
Collaborating in studies that utilise novel approaches to the understanding and phenomenology of OCD and the translation to clinical care, Nathan contributes to the development and testing of virtual reality treatments for individuals with OCD.
Focusing on the neurobiology and treatment of addictive, impulsive, and compulsive disorders, Sam studies longitudinal population cohorts to understand dimensional measures (intermediate phenotypes) that predispose to a range of mental health problems.
Researching affective decision making in everyday economic behaviours, neurocognitive and functional correlates of addiction, and designing and testing interventions for behavioural change, Kris contributes his knowledge to various BrainPark projects.
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Studying the complementary mechanisms between aerobic exercise and repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation, Josh aims to determine whether their combined use may elicit synergistic effects on neuroplasticity in active and sedentary individuals.
Exploring social, cognitive, and behavioural aspects of gambling, Dan studies how theories of addiction contribute to stigma and frame a persons understanding of their behaviours, and how electronic gambling machine design may contribute to behaviour.
Working on a project in computational neuroscience and addiction, Xiaoliu studies individual differences in reward, punishment, self-control and brain function in individuals with obsessive-compulsive disorder and problem gambling.
Working with The Melbourne Clinic's obsessive-compulsive disorder treatment service, Alison is developing a virtual reality exposure and response prevention treatment technique for OCD. This project is supported by the David Winston Turner Endowment Fund.
Investigating physical activity and stress management as therapies for compulsive behaviours, Lauren also studies how physical activity might help protect and restore hippocampal integrity in the brains of long-term cannabis users.
Using brain imaging, behavioural assessment, and statistical modelling techniques, Eugene explores the link between phenotypic expression of impulsivity and compulsivity and treatment outcome arising from BrainPark's lifestyle interventions.
Exploring the potential of physical exercise to recover cannabis-induced white matter impairments in the brain, Suzan uses multi modal MR imaging data obtained at the Monash Biomedical Imaging facility, with which BrainPark is co-located.
Mapping corticostriatal dysfunction and testing the efficacy of lifestyle interventions in compulsive disorders, Kavya focuses particularly on whether meditation has the potential to assist people who have been engaged in problematic use of the internet.
Using BrainPAC gamified assessment battery, Erynn studies the neurocognitive underpinnings of addictive behaviours. She aims to model phenotypes of addiction, teasing apart the cognitive constructs that predispose and exacerbate problematic behaviours.
Exploring the role of motivation in creating lasting behavioural change, Craig looks from theoretical constructs around the concept of human motivation, through to its application in behaviour change interventions, including those developed at BrainPark.
Focusing on contextual factors that affect executive functions (particularly response inhibition, such as cognitive training and exercise) Teresa uses the BrainPAC gamified assessment battery to monitor and train core cognitive and behavioural constructs.
Working on the cognitive and personality aspects of problematic behaviors, Chang focuses specifically on the relationship among cognitive flexibility, impulsive-compulsive personality traits and problematic eating and risky decision-making.
Aiming to enhance control over compulsive behaviours (and potentially develop a new treatment for OCD), Sakshi studies whether cognitive training, physical training or combinations of both, can strengthen the neural processes that underpin self-control.
Clinically minded, Olivia tests the ability of therapeutic virtual reality to offer an accessible, low-cost strategy to help people stay well and avoid relapse after being discharged from in-patient treatment programs for obsessive-compulsive disorder.
Examining predictors of the escalation of compuslive behaviour or risk factors into diagnosable OCD, Louise particularly looks at the relationship between trauma and OCD. She works with large international data sets using a clinical perspective.
Using a clinical lens, Mary-Ellen studies the associations between lifestyle factors (including diet, physical activity, tobacco and alcohol use, sleep and stress) and symptom severity of obsessive-compulsive and related disorders.
Working on characterising sub-threshold OCD and the transition into full-blown OCD, Emma focuses particularly on acceptance and commitment-based constructs, including the potential of online interventions to help people curtail condition progression.
Using models of behaviour change, Catherine is designing and implementing an exercise intervention program for university students. Her research aims to identify behaviour change techniques to optimise student engagement in physical exercise.
Using the BrainPAC gamified assessment battery, Maja aims to disentangle the decision-making processes that underpin addictive and compulsive behaviour. Her work involves computational modelling and brain imaging techniques.