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Caroline is an Associate Professor and a clinical neuropsychologist.

She is the Deputy Director of Monash Alfred Psychiatry research centre and Head of the “Cognition and Hormones Group".  Caroline combines neuropsychological assessments with eye movement research to clearly characterise cognition.  She has a particular interest in how hormones influence cognitive functioning in mental health and illness. 

Caroline has over 90 publications that have ultimately contributed to a better understanding of how biological factors influence symptoms and cognition in mental health and mental illness. She is the recipient of several awards, prizes and competitive grant funding, including NHMRC project grants, an NHMRC early career fellowship, Rebecca Cooper Foundation project grant as well as institutional and philanthropic funding. She is a dedicated supervisor to PhD candidates, honours students, neuropsychology registrars and medical student placements. Caroline has established ongoing biodatabanks to better understand biological mechanisms underpinning symptoms across a range of neuropsychiatric disorders.  

Caroline is also passionate about gender equity in science.  She was the Chair of the central clinical school Gender Equity Diversity and Inclusion (GEDI) committee from 2017-2020 and has been on the Monash University Athena Swan Committee since 2015.


Current projects and key areas of interest

Sex hormones and cognition

  • "Hormones and the Mind" - tracking hormones and cognition across the menstrual cycle in healthy women and women with premenstrual mood disorders

  • Cognitive changes ('brain fog') during menopause transition - early surgical menopause and natural menopause

  • The role of sex hormones in healthy cognitive aging as well as cognitive decline

Eye movements in psychiatry

  • Establishing eye movement profiles across a range of neuropsychiatric disorders including schizophrenia spectrum, complex trauma disorders, depression and hormone related conditions.

Stress hormones, early life adversity and cognition

  • Understanding the impact of early life adversity and stress on adult cognition 

If you would like to find out more about Caroline’s research, please contact: caroline.gurvich@monash.edu

Student Supervision and Research Team members

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  • Sex hormones, cognition and aging

  • Cognitive functioning and emotion processing during the menopause transition
  • Impact of type and timing of childhood adversity on adult cognition and psychopathology

Current PhD Supervision

  • Jacqueline Riddiford PhD Student, The Mirror Neuron System and Autism Spectrum Disorder: An investigation into visual processing influences

  • Tanya Gilmartin, PhD Student,  The relationship between dimensional models of personality pathology and disordered eating behaviour

  • Paige Gray, PhD Student, Emotion regulation and premenstrual dysphoric disorder 

  • Chen Zhu, PhD Student, Cognition during the menopause transition
  • Harjit Bagga, PhD Student, Cognition, mood and personality associated with cross sex hormone treatment with gender diverse clients

  • Dinuli Nilaweera, PhD Student, The association between major life trauma and later-life health and well-being

Current Neuropsychology registrar supervision

  • Dr Melanie Emonson
  • Dr Oscar Murphy

Current Post-doctoral supervision

  • Dr Elizabeth Thomas

Current (2021) honours supervision

  • Isabel Foo BMedSci (Hons)
  • Sarah Woodward BMedSci (Hons)
  • Adithi Ramachandra BBiomedSci (Hons)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Research area keywords

  • cognition
  • hormones
  • mental illness
  • neuropsychology
  • genetics
  • eye tracking
  • Stress


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