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Dr Natalia Contreras Granifo is a Clinical Research Fellow and Research Coordinator for commercially sponsored trials in the Interventional Neuropsychiatry group at the Epworth Centre for Innovation in Mental Health (ECIMH). ECIMH is a joint Monash University and Epworth HealthCare clinical academic research centre. Natalia completed her PhD in Psychology at Monash University. Possessing a clinical background in psychological interventions spanning 10 years, Natalia has wide-ranging and diverse experience in mental health research trials. For the last 3 years she has been coordinating commercially sponsored clinical trials at Epworth HealthCare. She has extensive experience working with various populations such as those with a diagnosis of depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and Alzheimer’s disease. As a Senior Study Coordinator and qualified clinical and psychometric rater in commercially sponsored trials and investigator initiated trials, she has developed strong skills in advancing, implementing and monitoring research consistent with national and international regulatory ICH-GCP guidelines. Natalia is currently coordinating several commercially sponsored trials under the supervision of PI Prof Paul Fitzgerald. Natalia also contributes to centre-wide systems and provides training, mentorship and support to research assistants/officers.

Research interests

Natalia is passionate in pursuing her career in research environments that are dedicated to developing innovative mental health treatments, and provide high quality, translational clinical research. She is particularly interested in investigating and understanding the personal experience of individuals undertaking clinical and psychosocial interventions.

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

PhD, Cognitive remediation in schizophrenia - improving our theoretical understandings and translation into practice

External positions

Clinical Research Fellow, Epworth Foundation (trading as Epworth HealthCare)

Research area keywords

  • Neuropsychiatry
  • Psychological interventions
  • Depression
  • Schizophrenia
  • Bipolar disease
  • Alzheimer's disease