Personal profile


A/Prof Kate Hoy is an NHMRC Fellow and Clinical Neuropsychologist at MAPrc where she is Deputy Director of the Therapeutic Brain Stimulation division and Heads the Cognitive Therapeutics Research Program.

Kate’s research is focused on the development of novel biological treatments for cognitive impairment in both psychiatric and neurological illnesses. Specifically, her group investigates the effects of brain stimulation techniques such as transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS), transcranial Alternating Current Stimulation (tACS), transcranial Random Noise Stimulation (tRNS), Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), Theta-Burst Stimulation (TBS) and Magnetic Seizure Therapy (MST).

She is currently conducting clinical trials aimed at improving cognition in patiens with schizophrenia and Alzheimer's, as well as in healthy older adults. Kate's team is also conducting research looking at cognitive impairment in head injury and mild cognitive impairment, as well as investigating ways in which to optimise efficacy of prefrontal brain stimulation techniques.  

Kate has worked in brain stimulation research for more than 13 years and is considered to be a leader in the field. She has published 77 scientific articles and 2 book chapters, and received over 3.5 million dollars competitive funding. In 2014 she was awarded the NHMRC Excellence Award for the top ranked Career Development Fellowship - Biomedical Level 1, and won the 2017 Victoria Telstra Business Women's : Public sector and Academic Award. 

Kate is currently a member of the Faculty of Medicine Research Committee, a past member of the Monash ECR network, was the inaugral ECR representative on the Monash Research Committee, and is a former Deputy Chair of the Australian Academy of Science EMCR Forum, an advocacy group for early to mid-career researchers. She is also currently a mentor in the Global STEM Alliance 1000 girls, 1000 futures program. Kate also initiated, and maintains, the women in brainstim database site aimed at addressing the extreme gender imbalances at international brain stimulation conferences.  Go to to find out more and register.

Kate is passionate about 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 a number of occaisions. Kate was awarded a 2013 Victorian Tall Poppy Science Award in recognition of both her research excellence and commitment to science communication.

For a list of current projects see the Cognitive Therapeutics Research Group current research page.

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

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Projects 2009 2021

Research Output 2004 2018

Accelerated repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation in the treatment of depression

Fitzgerald, P. B., Hoy, K. E., Elliot, D., Susan Mcqueen, R. N., Wambeek, L. E. & Daskalakis, Z. J. 5 Feb 2018 (Accepted/In press) In : Neuropsychopharmacology. 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Exploring alternative rTMS strategies in non-responders to standard high frequency left-sided treatment: A switching study

Fitzgerald, P. B., Hoy, K. E., Elliot, D., McQueen, S., Wambeek, L. E. & Daskalakis, Z. J. 1 May 2018 In : Journal of Affective Disorders. 232, p. 79-82 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Responders to rTMS for depression show increased fronto-midline theta and theta connectivity compared to non-responders

Bailey, N. W., Hoy, K. E., Rogasch, N. C., Thomson, R. H., McQueen, S., Elliot, D., Sullivan, C. M., Fulcher, B. D., Daskalakis, Z. J. & Fitzgerald, P. B. 1 Jan 2018 In : Brain Stimulation. 11, 1, p. 190-203 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


2013 Victorian Tall Poppy Award f

Kate Elizabeth Hoy (Recipient), 2014

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

NHMRC Excellence Award - Top Ranked Biomedical CDF Level 1

Kate Elizabeth Hoy (Recipient), 2015

Prize: National/international honour

Activities 2012 2014

  • 3 Membership of an advisory panel/policy group/ board

Monash University (External organisation)

Hoy, K. E. (Member)
1 Jan 2014

Activity: Membership of an advisory panel/policy group/ board

Australian Academy of Science (External organisation)

Hoy, K. E. (Member)
1 Jan 2013

Activity: Membership of an advisory panel/policy group/ board

National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC) (External organisation)

Hoy, K. E. (Member)
1 Jan 2012

Activity: Membership of an advisory panel/policy group/ board