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Caroline is a Senior Research Fellow and a clinical neuropsychologist.

She is the Deputy Director of the Women’s Mental Health Division at Monash Alfred Psychiatry research centre and Head of the “Cognitive Neuroscience Unit".  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 75 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 and is the Chair of the central clinical school Gender Equity Diversity and Inclusion (GEDI) committee.


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 associated with the menopause transition

  • 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

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

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

  • Brad Stolz-Grobusch PhD Student, Characterisation of subgroups in Borderline Personality Disorder and the potential for Cognitive Bias Modification training
  • Paige Gray, PhD Student, Characterising premenstrual dysphoric disorder 

Current Neuropsychology registrar supervision

  • Dr Melanie Emonson

Current Post-doctoral supervision

  • Dr Natalie Thomas
  • Dr Elizabeth Thomas

Current (2020) honours supervision

  • Brienna Altman

  • Kali Fabiatos  

Current (2020) medical student research placement supervision

  • Taran Giddey

  • Jessica Le

Research area keywords

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

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Projects 2008 2028

Research Output 2003 2019

6 Citations (Scopus)

Bipolar disorder in the balance

Lithgow, B. J., Moussavi, Z., Gurvich, C., Kulkarni, J., Maller, J. J. & Fitzgerald, P. B., 1 Oct 2019, In : European Archives of Psychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience. 269, 7, p. 761–775 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Borderline personality disorder, trauma, and the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal axis

Thomas, N., Gurvich, C. & Kulkarni, J., 1 Jan 2019, In : Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment. 15, p. 2601-2612 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleOtherpeer-review

Open Access

Characterising the structure of cognitive hetereogenity in schizophrenia spectrum disorder: A systematic review and narrative synthesis

Sumner, P. J., Van Rheenen, T. E., Gurvich, C., Sumner, P. J. & Rossell, S. L., 1 Dec 2019, In : Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews. 107, p. 252-278 27 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleResearchpeer-review

Dissecting the syndrome of schizophrenia: Associations between symptomatology and hormone levels in women with schizophrenia

Thomas, N., Gurvich, C., Hudaib, A. R., Gavrilidis, E. & Kulkarni, J., 1 Oct 2019, In : Psychiatry Research. 280, 7 p., 112510.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

3 Citations (Scopus)

Do schizotypy dimensions reflect the symptoms of schizophrenia?

Thomas, E. H. X., Rossell, S. L., Tan, E. J., Neill, E., Van Rheenen, T. E., Carruthers, S. P., Sumner, P. J., Louise, S., Bozaoglu, K. & Gurvich, C., 1 Mar 2019, In : Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry. 53, 3, p. 236-247 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review


$60,000 AUD. 01/2020. Phillipou A, Rossell S, Gurvich C, Castle D, Eikelis N, Rocks T, Ruusunen A, West M, Dean B, Abel L, Malcolm A. Swinburne Neuroimaging Institute Early Career Research Grant Scheme. ‘Investing that Cause & maintenance of Anorexia Nevosa (the I-CAN study)’.

Andrea Phillipou (Recipient), Susan Rossell (Recipient), Caroline Gurvich (Recipient), David Jonathan Castle (Recipient), Nina Eikelis (Recipient), T Rocks (Recipient), A Ruusunen (Recipient), M West (Recipient), Brian Dean (Recipient), Larry Allen Abel (Recipient) & A Malcolm (Recipient), 2020

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Advancing women in research award

Caroline Gurvich (Recipient), 2018

Prize: Other distinction

Advancing women in research award

Caroline Gurvich (Recipient), 2011

Prize: Other distinction

Advancing women in research grant

Caroline Gurvich (Recipient), 2015

Prize: Other distinction

Activities 2013 2019

  • 5 Contribution to workshop, seminar, course
  • 2 Public lecture/debate/seminar
  • 1 Editorial responsibility

International Association of Women's Mental Health

Caroline Gurvich (Organiser)
7 Mar 2019

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

Brain Awareness Week

Caroline Gurvich (Contributor)
14 Mar 2019

Activity: Community Talks, Presentations, Exhibitions and EventsPublic lecture/debate/seminar

2019 APS College of Clinical Psychologists Conference.

Caroline Gurvich (Organiser)
24 May 2019

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

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

Caroline Gurvich (Organiser)

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

Australasian Society for Social and Affective Neuroscience

Caroline Gurvich (Organiser)
19 Jun 2018

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

Press / Media

brain fog

Caroline Gurvich


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

paradigm shift in schizophrenia

Caroline Gurvich


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Profile/Interview

Combining parenthood and an academic career

Caroline Gurvich


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Article/Feature

Informed consent: women need to know about the link between the pill and depression

Caroline Gurvich


1 item of Media coverage, 1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment