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Dr Lucy Albertella is a Research Fellow at BrainPark and the Turner Institute for Brain and Mental Health at Monash University. She is Head of Assessment at BrainPark, and leads a team of researchers focusing on developing new tools, methods, and insights to better understand compulsivity and its modifiable risk across the spectrum of compulsive behaviours and symptoms. At just 5 years post-PhD, Dr Albertella has supervised 4 PhD students to completion and currently supervising 6 PhD students.

Dr Albertella is a recognised expert in cognitive mechanisms and has developed a range of measures being used world-wide to advance theoretical models and that have revealed new transdiagnostic high-risk profiles for compulsivity. Dr Albertella’s approach can be described as fully dimensional, examining risk and protective factors across the entire spectrum of compulsivity and mental health, from compulsive disorders, sub-threshold symptoms, and cognitive inflexibility to adaptability and optimal functioning in dynamic and unpredictable conditions. Similarly, she is interested in mechanisms that span across the temporal spectrum, from momentary fluctuations in affect and cognition that drive symptoms in real-time to long-term patterns and trajectories.

Dr Albertella has published over 60 peer-reviewed papers, most in leading journals in her field. She has also won numerous awards for her work, been invited to present her work at local and international conferences, and is currently Associate Editor for Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews and Comprehensive Psychiatry.

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

Education/Academic qualification

Psychology, PhD, University of New South Wales (UNSW)

Award Date: 21 Jan 2017

Research area keywords

  • Addiction
  • cognition
  • neuroscience
  • compulsive behaviour

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