Vision and mission

Vision:

  • To transform therapeutic outcomes in disorders of mental health and brain function

Mission:

  • To fundamentally improve outcomes for people with mental health and neurological disorders

Strategic imperatives

  • Conduct leading research into improving clinically relevant outcomes
  • Conduct research relevant to and impacting on the clinical services of Epworth
  • Provide outstanding training and mentoring
  • Act as the leading national centre for therapeutic brain stimulation research, education and clinical development

Key activities

  • Act as the leading national centre for therapeutic brain stimulation research, education and clinical development
  • Conduct leading research into improving clinically relevant outcomes
  • Conduct research relevant to and impacting on the clinical services of Epworth
  • Provide outstanding training and mentoring

Current focus of ECIMH activity

  • Conducting the Clinical TMS Certification Course for clinicians involved in providing TMS
  • Developing and evaluating innovative treatments, such as transcranial Alternating Current Stimulation (tACS) for depression in young people, mild cognitive impairment, and Alzheimer’s disease
  • Expanding our understanding of the brain, mental illness and neurological conditions to guide early diagnosis, personalisation of treatment and development of new treatment options
  • Exploring other novel medication and non-medication therapies
  • Improving transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) treatment for depression to make it more personalised, effective and efficient
  • Investigating TMS as a new treatment for a variety of other disorders including Alzheimer’s, Fibromyalgia and OCD

Key partnerships

ECIMH collaborates nationally and international with a large number of organisations, including:

  • CAMH: The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
  • University of Toronto Cognitive Neuroscience Unit (CNU)
  • Deakin University
  • Medical University of South Carolina
  • Berenson-Allen Centre for Non-invasive Brain Stimulation
  • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Centre
  • Harvard Medical School
  • Black Dog Institute
  • Dept. de Saúde Mental - Faculdade de Medicina, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil
  • Dept. of Experimental Psychology, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
  • Behavioral Science Research Centre, Baqiyatallah University of Medical Science, Iran

Team

ECIMH is comprised of an expert, multidisciplinary and passionate team of psychiatrists, neuropsychologists, mental health nurses, researchers, engineers and students dedicated to enhancing mental health outcomes.

  • Prof Paul Fitzgerald, Director, ECIMH; Head, Interventional Psychiatry
  • A/Prof Kate Hoy, Deputy Directory, ECIMH; Head, Interventional Neuropsychology
  • Dr Sally Herring, Research Manager
  • Ms Julia Scandrett, Personal Assistant to Prof Fitzgerald
  • Dr Bernadette Fitzgibbon, Senior Research Fellow; Head, Pain, Addiction and Mental Health
  • Dr Neil Bailey, Research Fellow; Head, Mindfulness, Neuroscience and Mental Health
  • Dr Melanie Emonson, Clinical Research Fellow; Research Coordinator - Interventional Neuropsychology
  • Dr Natalia Contreras, Clinical Research Fellow; Research Coordinator - Interventional Neuropsychiatry, Commercially-Sponsored Trials
  • Mr Oscar Murphy, Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Clinical); Research Coordinator - Interventional Neuropsychiatry, Investigator-Initiated Trials
  • Ms Veronika Simic, Research Officer - Project Management/Development
  • Mr Caley Sullivan, Research Officer - Technology
  • Ms Kate Gunningham, Research Officer
  • Ms Rachel Hughes, Research Officer
  • Ms Freya Stockman, Research Officer
  • Ms Bridget Kennedy, Research Assistant
  • Ms Megan Ross, Research Assistant
  • Ms Weiyu Guan, Research Nurse
  • Dr Leo Chen, Academic Psychiatrist, PhD Candidate
  • Dr Pakin Kaewpijit, Visiting Research Fellow (Monash University/ Bangkok Mental Health Rehabilitation and Recovery Centre)
  • Kirsten Gainsford, PhD student and Casual Research Assistant
  • Aleksandra Miljevic, PhD student and Casual Research Assistant
  • Andrea Marcu, PhD student and Casual Research Assistant
  • Marie-Claire Davis, PhD student
  • Robert Cooper , PhD student
  • Hannah Coyle, DPsych student
  • Michael Wang, PhD student
  • Jessica Michael, PhD student

Trials

ECIMH are conducting a number of clinical research trials, investigating new treatments for depression, OCD and Alzheimer's disease, along with other mental health and neurological conditions. Many are open for recruitment. 

Up to date information on some of our currently recruiting trials can be found at the links below:

For trials in other areas of mental health, general information, or to make a referral, please contact ECIMH.

Contact

Epworth Centre for Innovation in Mental Health (ECIMH)

Epworth Clinic
888 Toorak Road Camberwell VIC 3124

Phone: 03 9805 4287
Fax: 03 9805 4188
Email: mentalhealthresearch@epworth.org.au