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Associate Professor Kate Hoy is Head of Interventional Neuropsychology and Deputy Director of the Epworth Centre for Innovation in Mental Health (ECIMH), a Monash University and Epworth HealthCare research centre.

A/Prof Hoy, a current NHMRC fellow and Clinical Neuropsychologist, is considered a leading clinical researcher having been awarded three sequential NHMRC Fellowships, an NHMRC excellence award (Top Ranked CDF) and a 2017 Victorian Telstra Business Women’s Award. With more than 12 years experience in applied brain stimulation, her research program is focused on developing novel biological treatments for cognitive disorders. Kate currently leads a number of world first clinical trials aimed at improving cognition in Alzheimer's, as well preventing dementia in people with mild cognitive impairment. Her team is also conducting research looking at cognitive impairment in schizophrenia, head injury and mild cognitive impairment, as well as investigating ways in which to optimise efficacy of prefrontal brain stimulation techniques.

Kate is internationally recognised as a leading brain stimulation researcher. She is on the editorial board of Cortex, has given more than 40 invited presentations on cognition and brain stimulation (including keynote presentations), and is a founding executive member and current President of the Australasian Brain Stimulation Society. She has published 95 scientific journal articles and received over 4.1 million dollars in funding to date.

Kate is a passionate and active science advocate, particularly around issues of diversity and inclusion, equity and career sustainability. She is a former Deputy Chair of the Australian Academy of Science’s Early and Mid-Career Researchers forum, has been a returning mentor in the Global STEM Alliance initiative: 1000girls, 1000futures and currently works with the Australian Academy of Science across a number of national diversity and inclusion initiatives. In 2016 Kate also founded the WomeninBrainStim.com initiative, a database website which has achieved considerable success in addressing the extreme gender imbalances at international brain stimulation conferences, as highlight in Science Careers (Feb 2019).

Kate is also dedicated to communicating science to the public, not only her own research, but the importance and impact of science in general. She gives regular talks on her research to a range of audiences, she is active on twitter, has published articles in consumer targeted magazines (i.e. Link Disability Magazine, Australian Quarterly) and on the conversation website, and has been interviewed in the media on nearly 40 occasions.



Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Psychology (Clinical Neuropsychology), MONASH UNIVERSITY

Bachelor of Behavioural Neuroscience (Honours), MONASH UNIVERSITY


  • Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation
  • Cognitive Enhancement
  • Psychiatric Disorders
  • Neurological Disorders

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Projects 2009 2021

Research Output 2004 2019

A Pilot Investigation of Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation for Post-Traumatic Brain Injury Depression: Safety, Tolerability, and Efficacy

Hoy, K. E., McQueen, S., Elliot, D., Herring, S. E., Maller, J. J. & Fitzgerald, P. B., 22 Jan 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Neurotrauma. 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Differentiating responders and non-responders to rTMS treatment for depression after one week using resting EEG connectivity measures

Bailey, NW., Hoy, KE., Rogasch, NC., Thomson, RH., McQueen, S., Elliot, D., Sullivan, CM., Fulcher, BD., Daskalakis, ZJ. & Fitzgerald, PB., 1 Jan 2019, In : Journal of Affective Disorders. 242, p. 68-79 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Impact of concurrent task performance on transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS)-Induced changes in cortical physiology and working memory

Hill, A. T., Rogasch, N. C., Fitzgerald, P. B. & Hoy, K. E., 1 Apr 2019, In : Cortex. 113, p. 37-57 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Low-frequency rTMS is better tolerated than high-frequency rTMS in healthy people: Empirical evidence from a single session study

Kaur, M., Michael, J. A., Fitzgibbon, B., Hoy, K. E. & Fitzgerald, P. B., 1 Jun 2019, In : Journal of Psychiatric Research. 113, p. 79-82 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Mindfulness meditators show altered distributions of early and late neural activity markers of attention in a response inhibition task

Bailey, N., Freedman, G., Raj, K., Sullivan, C., Rogasch, N., Chung, S., Hoy, K., Chambers, R., Hassed, C., Van Dam, N., Koenig, T. & Fitzgerald, P., 6 Aug 2019, In : PLoS ONE. 14, 8, 25 p., e0203096.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access


2013 Victorian Tall Poppy Award

Kate Hoy (Recipient), 2014

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Deans Award for Excellence in Research: Early Career Research

Kate Hoy (Recipient), 2011

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Finalist: L'Oreal Australian For Women in Science Fellowship

Kate Hoy (Recipient), 2009

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

High Commendation for Doctoral Thesis

Kate Hoy (Recipient), 2007

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activities 2010 2019

[Invitation] Second annual Carolina Neurostimulation Conference

Kate Hoy (Invited speaker)
4 Apr 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to conference

International Neuromodulation Society’s 14th World Congress

Kate Hoy (Invited speaker)
25 May 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to conference

3rd European conference on brain stimulation in psychiatry

Kate Hoy (Keynote/plenary speaker)
19 Oct 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to conference

Cortex (Journal)

Kate Hoy (Editorial board member)
Dec 2018

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial responsibility

Invited Speaker: Launch of the STEM SidebySide Program

Kate Hoy (Contributor)
22 Mar 2018

Activity: Community Talks, Presentations, Exhibitions and EventsPublic event

Press / Media

Nature News: Brain-stimulation trials get personal to lift depression

Kate Hoy


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Article/Feature

Monash Agent of Change: Short film and Bus/Tram stop advertising

Kate Hoy


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

Radio Interview Triple RRR Einstein a-go-go: Dementia Research

Kate Hoy


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Profile/Interview