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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’s research aims to better understand biological and lifestyle contributors to cognitive health and cognitive dysfunction across a range of disorders in psychiatry.  She is particularly interested in the role of hormones and genes in cognitive functioning as well as the influence of psychological and lifestyle factors, such as stress and early life trauma.  Caroline combines neuropsychological assessments with eye movement research to clearly characterise cognition.  She collaborates widely to enable a range of biological mechanisms to be explored - including investigation of genes and epigenetic effects; sex hormones and stress hormones.  She works across a range of disorders including schizophrenia, complex trauma disorders, perimenopausal depression and Alzheimer's disease with a focus of women's mental health.


She has received several awards and grants including an NHMRC early career training fellowship; NHMRC project grants and institutional support (Advancing Women in Research awards as well as a Senior Bridging Fellowship (2018).  She has >60 peer reviewed publications that include investigate studies, clinical trials and theoretical reviews, with publications in top ranking psychiatry and neuroscience journals, as well as policy related work and broader science communication (e.g. The Conversation).  She has also established biodatabanks to further explore biological contributors to cognitive impairments in mental illness.   Caroline has a strong history of successful student supervision and mentorship, discipline related leadership (e.g.she was Victoria State Editor of the Australian Psychological Society newsletter (2013/14)). 


Caroline is also passionate about advocating for equity and diversity in STEM -  since 2015 she has been an active member of the Monash Self-Assessment Team for the SAGE Athena Swan Charter and Caroline is the current Chair of the Central Clinical School Gender Equity, Diversity and Inclusion committee.


Key areas of interest
•Eye movements in psychiatry
•Sex hormones and cognition
•Stress hormones, early life trauma and cognition
•Dopaminergic genes and cognition 
•Cognition across the psychosis continuum: schizotypy to schizophrenia
If you would like to find out more about Caroline’s research, please contact her: caroline.gurvich@monash.edu

Research area keywords

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

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Projects 2008 2028

Research Output 2003 2019

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

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

Exploring Heterogeneity on the Wisconsin Card Sorting Test in Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorders: A Cluster Analytical Investigation

Carruthers, S. P., Gurvich, C. T., Meyer, D., Bousman, C., Everall, I. P., Neill, E., Pantelis, C., Sumner, P. J., Tan, E. J., Thomas, E. H. X., Van Rheenen, T. E. & Rossell, S. L., Aug 2019, In : Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society. 25, 7, p. 750-760 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

High-definition transcranial direct current stimulation in anorexia nervosa: A pilot study

Phillipou, A., Kirkovski, M., Castle, D. J., Gurvich, C., Abel, L. A., Miles, S. & Rossell, S. L., 1 Jan 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : International Journal of Eating Disorders. 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Improvement in depression with oestrogen treatment in women with schizophrenia

Lascurain, M. B., Camuñas-Palacín, A., Thomas, N., Breadon, C., Gavrilidis, E., Hudaib, A. R., Gurvich, C. & Kulkarni, J., 21 Mar 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Archives of Women's Mental Health. 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Activities 2013 2019

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

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

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

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

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

Press / Media

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