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Biography

Dr Fitzgibbon is a Senior Research Fellow at Monash University. She is the head of the “Pain and Affective Neuroscience Unit” within the Therapeutic Brain Stimulation division of Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre (MAPrc), a department of Monash University’s Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences.

Bernadette’s research program aims to better understand the mechanisms underpinning how pain can become chronic as well as novel therapeutics to treat persistent pain. Her work is driven by the integration of psychosocial and biological processes linked to the development and maintenance of pain which are in turn incorporated into her application of brain stimulation approaches.

Bernadette’s research uses a range of methods, including Theta-Burst Stimulation (TBS), Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS), transcranial Alternating Current Stimulation (tACS), electroencephalogram (EEG), concurrent TMS-EEG, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Electrocardiography (ECG) and Galvanic Skin Resistance (GSR), as well as the use of novel at-home brain stimulation adjunctive with psychological therapies.

She has received several awards for her research including the national 2014 Bethlehem Griffiths Research Foundation Young Investigator of the Year award, a 2014 Young Tall Poppy Science Award through the Australian Institute of Policy and Science and in 2018 was selected for the Veski inspiring women STEM sidebyside program. She is also dedicated to the advancement of brain sciences within Australia, as reflected in role as chair of the Australian Brain Alliance EMCR Network and an Executive Member of the Australian Brain Alliance, an initiative of the Australian Academy of Science to bring together strategic brain research across Australia.

Keywords

  • Neurobiology
  • Pain Medicine
  • Pain Management
  • Neuroimaging
  • Neurophysiology
  • Brain Stimulation
  • Pain
  • Chronic Pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Depression
  • Autism
  • Social Cognition
  • Social Neuroscience
  • Empathy
  • Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Electroencephalography

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Projects 2014 2019

Research Output 2006 2019

A Neuroethics Framework for the Australian Brain Initiative

Fornito, A. & Australian Brain Alliance, 6 Feb 2019, In : Neuron. 101, 3, p. 365-369 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalShort SurveyOtherpeer-review

Low-frequency rTMS is better tolerated than high-frequency rTMS in healthy people: Empirical evidence from a single session study

Kaur, M., Michael, J. A., Fitzgibbon, B., Hoy, K. E. & Fitzgerald, P. B., 1 Jun 2019, In : Journal of Psychiatric Research. 113, p. 79-82 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Mindfulness meditators do not show differences in electrophysiological measures of error processing

Bailey, N. W., Raj, K., Freedman, G., Fitzgibbon, B., Rogasch, N. C., Van Dam, N. T. & Fitzgerald, P. B., Jul 2019, In : Mindfulness. 10, 7, p. 1360–1380 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

A Systematic Review of the Processes Underlying the Main and the Buffering Effect of Social Support on the Experience of Pain

Che, X., Cash, R., Ng, S. K., Fitzgerald, P. & Fitzgibbon, B. M., 1 Nov 2018, In : Clinical Journal of Pain. 34, 11, p. 1061-1076 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleResearchpeer-review

Evidence for the improvement of fatigue in fibromyalgia: A 4-week left dorsolateral prefrontal cortex repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation randomized-controlled trial

Fitzgibbon, B. M., Hoy, K. E., Knox, L. A., Guymer, E. K., Littlejohn, G., Elliot, D., Wambeek, L. E., McQueen, S., Elford, K. A., Lee, S. J., Enticott, P. G. & Fitzgerald, P. B., 1 Aug 2018, In : European Journal of Pain. 22, 7, p. 1255-1267 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

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Prizes

2012 Vice-Chancellor's Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence

Bernadette Fitzgibbon (Recipient), 2013

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

2014 Young Researcher of the Year

Bernadette Fitzgibbon (Recipient), 2014

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

2014 Young Tall Poppy

Bernadette Fitzgibbon (Recipient), 2014

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Australasian Brain Stimulation Society Early Career Researcher Award

Bernadette Fitzgibbon (Recipient), 2018

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Australian Postgraduate Award

Bernadette Fitzgibbon (Recipient), 2008

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activities 2012 2018

VESKI Inspiring Women in STEM Program, Leading the Way: Mid-career emerging leaders

Bernadette Fitzgibbon (Organiser)
2018 → …

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to workshop, seminar, course

Journal of Clinical and Translational Neuroscience (Journal)

Bernadette Fitzgibbon (Editorial board member)
2018 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial responsibility

Australian Brain Alliance EMCR Brain Science Network (External organisation)

Bernadette Fitzgibbon (Chair/Co-Chair)
2017 → …

Activity: Industry, Government and Philanthropy Engagement and PartnershipsMembership of an advisory panel/policy group/ board

Australian Brain Alliance (External organisation)

Bernadette Fitzgibbon (Executive Member)
2017 → …

Activity: Industry, Government and Philanthropy Engagement and PartnershipsMembership of an advisory panel/policy group/ board

Science at the Shine Dome, Australian Academy of Science

Bernadette Fitzgibbon (Invited speaker)
2016

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to workshop, seminar, course