Brain development and the pathophysiology of psychosis

Research Opportunity
PhD students
Department / Centre
Royal Melbourne Hospital
Primary Supervisor Email Number Webpage
Dr Vanessa Cropley +61 3 8344 1876 Personal web page

Summary This PhD project will conduct a program of research that investigates brain developmental changes associated with the emergence and pathophysiology of psychotic disorders.

Project Details

We are seeking an enthusiastic and academically high-performing student to be involved in a PhD project investigating brain developmental changes associated with the emergence and pathophysiology of psychotic disorders.

Psychosis is a severe mental illness that typically emerges in adolescence and young adulthood. It is increasingly recognised that disturbances in normal brain developmental processes contribute to the pathophysiology of psychosis. The aim of this project is to further investigate potential mechanisms (e.g. immunological, genetic) and modifiers (e.g. environmental) of brain changes that occur over adolescence and how these may be related to the manifestation of psychotic disorders.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to craft a thesis topic aligned to their interests utilising data collected from previous longitudinal or cross-sectional studies as well as on-going studies. This data may include structural and functional imaging, peripheral immune markers, genetic, environmental and behavioural data.

The successful applicant should have an undergraduate and honours degree in a relevant field (psychology, psychophysiology and/or neurosicence) with excellent results. Prospective PhD and combined PhD/Masters students are encouraged to apply. Students with their own scholarship funding are welcomed.

Faculty Research Themes


School Research Themes

Neuroscience & Psychiatry

Research Opportunities

PhD students
Students who are interested in joining this project will need to consider their elegibility as well as other requirements before contacting the supervisor of this research

Graduate Research application

Honours application

Key Contact

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Department / Centre


Research Node

Royal Melbourne Hospital

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