Bugs and Brains: The Gut and Mental Health Study

Research Opportunity
Project Status
Supervisor Email Number Webpage
Dr. Julian Simmons Personal web page
Assoc. Prof. Sarah Whittle Personal web page

Project Details

We are seeking an enthusiastic and motivated candidate for a PhD project beginning in the first half of 2018. The project is a joint initiative of the Melbourne Neuropsychiatry Centre (Department of Psychiatry) and the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences, The University of Melbourne, and the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, Victoria, Australia. The candidate, supervised by Dr. Sarah Whittle, will be required to contribute to a unique ongoing longitudinal study that aims to investigate the association between puberty, brain development, and mental health, from late childhood to mid-adolescence.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to craft a thesis topic that suits their interests, and may utilise a range of data being collected, including structural and functional imaging, hormonal, environmental (e.g., parenting), and mental health data. The successful applicant should have an undergraduate and/or honours degree in a relevant field, have excellent results (first class honours or equivalent) and/or have relevant research experience. Experience in clinical interviewing, endocrinology, &/or structural or functional MRI analysis will be looked upon favourably.

Research Opportunities

This research project is available to PhD students to join as part of their thesis.
Please contact the supervisor to discuss your options.

Faculty Research Themes


School Research Themes

Neuroscience & Psychiatry, Women's Health

Key Contact

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Research Group / Unit / Centre