Caroline Gurvich

Assoc Professor

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

Using cognitive training for women's mental health


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Personal profile


Caroline is an Associate Professor and a clinical neuropsychologist.

She is the Deputy Director of the HER Centre Australia, Monash University, and Head of the “Cognition and Hormones Group".  Caroline has a research interest in the neuropsychology of women's mental health, particularly in understanding how hormones influence cognitive functioning. Caroline's research combines neuropsychological assessments with eye movement research to clearly characterise cognition.  

Caroline has over 120 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.  

Supervision interests

Using cognitive training for women's mental health

Compensatory cognitive strategy training offers much promise to help women with cognitive difficulties, either brain fog during menopause, cognitive difficulties associated with mood disorders or symptoms of ADHD. This research looks at adapting cognitive strategy training for women, developing an evidence base and developing accessible forms of cognitive interventions - for example, online or App-based cognitive interventions.

Research interests

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 

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Student Supervision and Research Team members

For available PhD projects: For Project Details Click Here

  • 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


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
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Research area keywords

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

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