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I am the Turner Impact Fellow in Breakthrough Science at the Turner Institute for Brain and Mental Health and School of Psychological Sciences at Monash University. My primary focus is developing better models of addiction and mental health conditions to improve diagnosis and treatment. I specialise in using advanced statistical approaches, such as structural equation modelling, to integrate across multiple levels of measurement, including signs and symptoms, molecular genetics, cognition, and neuroimaging. Over the next 2 years, my vision is to continue to strengthen cross-disciplinary and collaborative partnerships between myself, teams and researchers within the Turner Institute and from international consortia to produce high-impact research outputs and help position the Turner Institute at the forefront of breakthrough science in psychiatric nosology, psychiatric genetics, and psychiatric neuroimaging. In particular, I have developed and am currently coordinating two flagship projects on adult psychopathology in collaboration with the Hierarchical Taxonomy of Psychopathology (HiTOP) consortium, which represents the leading alternative to current psychiatric diagnostic classification systems, such as the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders – Fifth Edition. Similarly, I am a member of, and key contributor to, the Monash Autism and ADHD Genetics and Neurodevelopment (MAGNET) project, a study that is unique worldwide in specifically investigating the behavioural, cognitive, and genetic overlap of autism spectrum disorders and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). I am also a member of the Enhancing NeuroImaging Genetics through Meta-Analysis Consortium Schizotypy working group (ENIGMA-SCT) and am currently developing a proposal for linking measurement of schizotypy across diverse psychological instruments and samples to improve power and measurement precision and facilitate discovery of genetic and neuroimaging biomarkers for characterising risk for developing psychosis. My continuing work on behalf of the Australian ADHD Professionals Association (AADPA) is assisting in identifying cognitive endophenotypes of ADHD, as well as addressing the measurement and prevalence of ADHD symptoms in Australian Indigenous communities with the Footprints in Time - Longitudinal Study of Indigenous Children cohort, the largest study of its kind in Australia, with over 1,680 participating children and their families.   

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
  • psychopathology
  • statistical analysis
  • Neuroscience


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