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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


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

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Projects 2008 2020

Research Output 2003 2019

Raloxifene as a treatment for cognition in women with schizophrenia: the influence of menopause status

Gurvich, C., Hudaib, A., Gavrilidis, E., Worsley, R., Thomas, N. & Kulkarni, J., 1 Feb 2019, In : Psychoneuroendocrinology. 100, p. 113-119 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Bipolar disorder in the balance

Lithgow, B. J., Moussavi, Z., Gurvich, C., Kulkarni, J., Maller, J. J. & Fitzgerald, P. B., 1 Jan 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : European Archives of Psychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience. 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Development and validation of a new rating scale for perimenopausal depression - The Meno-D

Kulkarni, J., Gavrilidis, E., Hudaib, A. R., Bleeker, C., Worsley, R. & Gurvich, C., 1 Dec 2018, In : Translational Psychiatry. 8, 1, 9 p., 123.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Effect of the Glutamate NMDA Receptor Antagonist Memantine as Adjunctive Treatment in Borderline Personality Disorder: An Exploratory, Randomised, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Trial

Kulkarni, J., Thomas, N., Hudaib, A. R., Gavrilidis, E., Grigg, J., Tan, R., Cheng, J., Arnold, A. & Gurvich, C., 1 Feb 2018, In : CNS Drugs. 32, 2, p. 179-187 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Family Violence: An Insight Into Perspectives and Practices of Australian Health Practitioners

Soh, H. J., Grigg, J., Gurvich, C., Gavrilidis, E. & Kulkarni, J., 1 Mar 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Interpersonal Violence. 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Activities 2013 2018

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

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

Academic Grand Round - Contraceptives, mood and cognition

Caroline Gurvich (Contributor)

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

In Her Shoes Annual Symposium

Caroline Gurvich (Organiser)

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

PsychNews (Journal)

Caroline Gurvich (Editor in chief)

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial responsibility

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