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Personal profile

Biography

Dr Fitzgibbon is a Senior Research Fellow at Monash University and the head of the “Pain, Addiction and Mental Health Group” at the Epworth Centre for Innovation in Mental Health.

Bernadette’s research program is dedicated to understanding the neurobiology of pain and the development of novel pain therapeutics.

Her 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 2018 Australasian Brain Stimulation Society Early Career Award, 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.

External positions

Research Affiliate , Epworth Healthcare

2019 → …

Honorary (Senior Fellow), Department of Physiotherapy, The University of Melbourne

2019 → …

Honorary Researcher, Alfred Health

2016 → …

Research area 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

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

Research output: Contribution to journalShort SurveyOtherpeer-review

Domains of chronic low back pain and assessing treatment effectiveness: A clinical perspective

Tagliaferri, S., Miller, C. T., Owen, P. J., Mitchell, U. H., Brisby, H., Fitzgibbon, B., Masse-Alarie, H., Oosterwijck, J. V. & Belavy, D. L., 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Pain Practice.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleResearchpeer-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

1 Citation (Scopus)

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., 15 Jul 2019, In : Mindfulness. 10, 7, p. 1360-1380 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-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)

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

Journal of Clinical and Translational Neuroscience (Journal)

Bernadette Fitzgibbon (Editorial board member)
2018 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial responsibility

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

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

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

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