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Melanie completed her Doctor of Psychology (Clinical Neuropsychology) at Monash University in 2018 under the supervision of A/Prof Kate Hoy, Prof Paul Fitzgerald and Dr Nigel Rogasch. Her thesis investigated the neurobiological and cognitive effects of transcranial direct current stimulation in healthy aging and mild cognitive impairment.

Melanie is currently a Clinical Research Fellow and Research Co-ordinator of the Interventional Neuropsychology Research Group at the Epworth Centre for Innovation in Mental Health (ECIMH). In this role she co-ordinates a randomised clinical trial investigating theta burst stimulation for the treatment of mild-to-moderate Alzheimer’s disease, and projects investigating the use of non-invasive brain stimulation techniques to improve cognitive functioning in mild cognitive impairment and mild Alzheimer’s disease. Melanie has presented at over six national and international conferences, and has expertise in neuropsychological assessment and diagnosis, and over nine years’ experience in non-invasive brain stimulation techniques and TMS-EEG.

Research interests

Research interests include investigating the therapeutic benefit of non-invasive brain stimulation treatments to assist cognitive functioning in healthy aging, Alzheimer’s disease and mild cognitive impairment. Melanie has a strong interest in consumer engagement and investigating evidence-based interventions for carers of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease. Melanie is also passionate about the development of neuropsychological interventions to improve daily functioning and quality of life for individuals with cognitive dysfunction. 

Education/Academic qualification

Neuropsychology, Doctor of Psychology (Clinical Neuropsychology)

Award Date: 13 Mar 2018

Psychology, Honours Degree of the Bachelor of Behavioural Neuroscience

Award Date: 5 Dec 2011

Neuroscience, Bachelor of Behavioural Neuroscience

Award Date: 7 Dec 2010

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Research Output

Experienced Meditators Exhibit No Differences to Demographically Matched Controls in Theta Phase Synchronization, P200, or P300 During an Auditory Oddball Task

Payne, J. R., Baell, O., Geddes, H., Fitzgibbon, B., Emonson, M., Hill, A. T., Van Dam, N. T., Humble, G., Fitzgerald, P. B. & Bailey, N. W., Mar 2020, In : Mindfulness. 11, 3, p. 643–659 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

4 Citations (Scopus)

An investigation into the effects of tDCS dose on cognitive performance over time in patients with schizophrenia

Hoy, K. E., Arnold, S., Emonson, M. R. L., Daskalakis, Z. J. & Fitzgerald, P. B., 2014, In : Schizophrenia Research. 155, 1-3, p. 96 - 100 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

75 Citations (Scopus)

Testing the limits: Investigating the effect of tDCS dose on working memory enhancement in healthy controls

Hoy, K. E., Emonson, M., Arnold, S., Thomson, R. H. S., Daskalakis, Z. J. & Fitzgerald, P. B., 2013, In : Neuropsychologia. 51, 9, p. 1777 - 1784 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

116 Citations (Scopus)