Joanne Ryan


  • Senior Research Fellow, ASPREE

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Dr Joanne Ryan is a senior research fellow and senior lecturer in the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine (SPHPM) since joining in 2017. She heads the Biological Neuropsychiatry and Dementia research unit, and works closely with ASPREE, Monash Public Health Genomics and the Biostatistics Unit.

Dr Ryan's initial trained as a molecular biologist, completing a University of Melbourne Science degree with honours in the Department of Biochemistry. She then obtained a Masters of Biostatistics through the Biostatistics Collaboration of Australia, at Monash University. She completed in 2011 a PhD in neuropsychiatric epidemiology with the University of Melbourne and Université Montpellier 1, France. In 2011 Dr. Ryan was awarded a NHMRC Early Career Fellowship in Public Health, with an initial post-doc at INSERM (France) and then at Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (Melbourne), where she developed a strong interest in epigenetics. Dr. Ryan has since been the receipt of NHMRC project grant funding worth over $2 million, and in 2017 was awarded an NHMRC Dementia Research Leadership fellowship.

Dr Ryan's research in neuropsychiatric disorders is focused on preventative interventions, risk prediction and biomarker identification, and is at the interface between biomedical and public health research. Her long-term vision is to reduce the prevalence and burden of neuropsychiatric disorders across the life-course.

Research interests

Monash teaching commitment

BMS4200 - Biostatistics for Honours Students (Unit Coordinator)

BMS3052 - Biomedical Basis & Epidemiology of Human Disease

External positions

Honorary Research Fellow, Murdoch Children's Research Institute

Jul 2017 → …

Honorary Research Fellow, The University of Melbourne

Apr 2013 → …

Honorary Research Fellow, Inserm U1016

Jan 2011 → …


  • Dementia
  • Alzheimer's Disease
  • Depression
  • Epigenetics
  • Epidemiology
  • Biostatistics
  • Genetic epidemiology
  • Stress
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Trauma
  • Longitudinal designs and analyses

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Selected Projects 2017 2021

Selected Research Output 2001 2018

The effect of an adverse psychological environment on salivary cortisol levels in the elderly differs by 5-HTTLPR genotype

Ancelin, M. L., Scali, J., Norton, J., Ritchie, K., Dupuy, A. M., Chaudieu, I. & Ryan, J., 1 Dec 2017, In : Neurobiology of Stress. 7, p. 38-46 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Does maternal mental well-being in pregnancy impact the early human epigenome?

Ryan, J., Mansell, T., Fransquet, P. & Saffery, R., 1 Mar 2017, In : Epigenomics. 9, 3, p. 313-322 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleResearchpeer-review

Biological underpinnings of trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder: Focusing on genetics and epigenetics

Ryan, J., Chaudieu, I., Ancelin, M-L. & Saffery, R., 1 Nov 2016, In : Epigenomics. 8, 11, p. 1553-1569 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

BDNF promoter methylation and genetic variation in late-life depression

Januar, V., Ancelin, M. L., Ritchie, K., Saffery, R. & Ryan, J., 25 Aug 2015, In : Translational Psychiatry. 5, 8, 7 p., e619.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Epigenetics and depressive disorders: A review of current progress and future directions

Januar, V., Saffery, R. & Ryan, J., 1 Aug 2015, In : International Journal of Epidemiology. 44, 4, p. 1364-1387 24 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review


Career Development Award

Joanne Lee Ryan (Recipient), 2016

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Scientific Mobility Travel Grant

Joanne Lee Ryan (Recipient), 2013

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Society for Mental Health Research (SMHR) Conference, Best Poster

Joanne Lee Ryan (Recipient), 2014

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Young Scientists Award

Joanne Lee Ryan (Recipient), 2013

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Yulgibar Foundation Post-doctoral Excellence Award

Joanne Lee Ryan (Recipient), 2016

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Selected Activities 2012 2018

  • 9 Grant review responsibilities
  • 4 Peer review panel or committee
  • 1 Editorial responsibility
  • 1 Membership of an advisory panel/policy group/ board

NHMRC Grant Review Panel: Spokesperson (Event)

Joanne Ryan (Member)
21 Aug 201725 Aug 2017

Activity: External Academic EngagementPeer review panel or committee

Section Editor (Event)

Joanne Ryan (Editor in chief)
2016 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial responsibility

Press / Media