Vision and mission


  • To revolutionise mental health treatment


  • To transform outcomes for people with disorders of mental health and brain function by developing, advancing and translating brain stimulation and other innovative therapies.

Strategic imperatives

  • Conduct research of internationally outstanding quality focused on improving clinically relevant outcomes
  • Conduct research relevant to and impacting on the clinical services of Epworth
  • Provide outstanding training and mentoring
  • Be the leading national centre for therapeutic brain stimulation research, education and clinical development.

Key activities

  • Improving transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) treatment for depression to make it more personalised, effective and efficient
  • Investigating brain stimulation techniques such as TMS and transcranial Alternating Current Stimulation (tACS) for the treatment of cognitive disorders, including Alzheimer’s disease, mild cognitive impairment and Huntington’s disease.
  • Investigating brain stimulation techniques for the treatment of a variety of other mental health disorders including obsessive compulsive disorder, chronic pain, PTSD, schizophrenia and ASD. 
  • Developing and evaluating home based tACS for depression in young people, OCD, mild cognitive impairment, and Alzheimer’s disease
  • Exploring the use of mindfulness in improving mental well being
  • Testing new pharmacological therapies and tracking the use and safety of novel interventions including ketamine and psychedelic assisted psychotherapy. 
  • Expanding our understanding of the brain and mental illness to guide early diagnosis, personalisation of treatment and development of new treatment options.

Key partnerships

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

  • CAMH: The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Canada
  • University of Toronto Cognitive Neuroscience Unit (CNU), Canada
  • Deakin University,Victoria
  • Medical University of South Carolina, USA
  • Berenson-Allen Centre for Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Centre, Harvard Medical School, USA
  • Black Dog Institute, New South Wales
  • 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


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

  • Prof Paul Fitzgerald, Director, ECIMH; Head, Interventional Psychiatry
  • Prof Kate Hoy, Deputy Directory, ECIMH; Head, Interventional Neuropsychology
  • Dr Sally Herring, Research Manager
  • Ms Julia Scandrett, Personal Assistant to Prof Fitzgerald
  • Dr Neil Bailey, Senior 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 Psychiatry, Commercially-Sponsored Trials
  • Dr Oscar Murphy, Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Clinical); Research Coordinator - Interventional Psychiatry, Investigator-Initiated Trials
  • Ms Kate Gunningham, Research Officer
  • Ms Rachel Hughes, Research Officer
  • Ms Freya Stockman, Research Officer
  • Mr Caley Sullivan, Research Officer - Technology
  • Ms Brienna Allman, Research Assistant
  • Ms Bridget Kennedy, Research Assistant
  • Ms Megan Ross, Research Assistant
  • Ms Weiyu Guan, Research Nurse
  • Ms Lisa Hewett, Research Nurse
  • Dr Leo Chen, Academic Psychiatrist, PhD Candidate
  • Dr Pakin Kaewpijit, Visiting Research Fellow (Monash University/ Bangkok Mental Health Rehabilitation and Recovery Centre)
  • Ms Kirsten Gainsford, PhD candidate and Casual Research Assistant
  • Ms Aleksandra Miljevic, PhD candidate and Casual Research Assistant
  • Ms Marie-Claire Davis, PhD Candidate
  • Dr Prabhavi Perera, PhD Candidate
  • Ms Jessica Michael, PhD student
  • Mr Michael Wang, PhD student


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.

Brain Stimulation Training Program

The ECIMH brain stimulation training courses are designed for clinicians and researchers who are new to techniques such as TMS, as well those with more experience who wish to learn about advanced brain stimulation methodologies. The ECIMH Online TMS for Depression Course offers video lectures by leading experts in the field, current academic and clinical resources, and practical certification in TMS treatment provision and the conduct of resting motor thresholds. Both a Theory only, and a Theory + Practical Certification course are offered. More information is available at Brain Stimulation Training Programs at ECIMH.


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: [email protected]