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Personal profile

Biography

Dr Fitzgibbon is a Senior Research Fellow at Monash University where she holds a National Health and Medical Research Early Career Fellowship. 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 2018

Research Output 2006 2018

The psychology of ultra-marathon runners: A systematic review

Roebuck, G. S., Fitzgerald, P. B., Urquhart, D. M., Ng, S-K., Cicuttini, F. M. & Fitzgibbon, B., 1 Jul 2018, In : Psychology of Sport and Exercise. 37, p. 43-58 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleResearchpeer-review

The Social Regulation of Pain: Autonomic and Neurophysiological Changes Associated With Perceived Threat

Che, X., Cash, R., Fitzgerald, P. & Fitzgibbon, B. M., May 2018, In : Journal of Pain. 19, 5, p. 496-505 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Combined cerebral and peripheral treatments for pain: A commentary on Hazime et al.

Fitzgibbon, B. M., de Andrade, D. C. & Schabrun, S., Aug 2017, In : European Journal of Pain. 21, 7, p. 1130-1131 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleOtherpeer-review

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)

Australian Postgraduate Award

Bernadette Fitzgibbon (Recipient), 2008

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Best Doctoral Thesis

Bernadette Fitzgibbon (Recipient), 2014

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activities 2012 2014

  • 3 External research organisation, centre or institute

National Health and Medical Research Council Biomedical Early Career Fellowship

Bernadette Fitzgibbon (Visitor)
1 Jan 20141 Jan 2018

Activity: External Academic EngagementExternal research organisation, centre or institute

Monash Bridging Postdoctoral Fellowship

Bernadette Fitzgibbon (Visitor)
1 Jul 20121 Jul 2013

Activity: External Academic EngagementExternal research organisation, centre or institute

Guest Associate Editor

Bernadette Fitzgibbon (Visitor)
17 Jul 201217 Sep 2013

Activity: External Academic EngagementExternal research organisation, centre or institute