Longitudinal predictors of cognitive performance in bipolar disorder

Research Opportunity
PhD, Masters by Research
Group Leader Email Number Webpage
Dr Tamsyn Van Rheenen tamsyn.van@unimelb.edu.au Personal web page

Project Details

We are seeking an academically high-performing student with a background in psychology, psychophysiology and/or neuroscience to be involved in new PhD project aimed at identifying longitudinal predictors of cognitive performance in bipolar disorder.

Cognitive impairment is increasingly recognised as a disabling feature of bipolar disorder, with some studies indicating that progressive cognitive decline may occur with the progression of the illness. However, as the majority of work on cognition in bipolar disorder is cross-sectional, inferences about longitudinal cognitive outcomes in the illness are limited. The aim of this project is to examine whether there are changes in cognitive performance over a 2-3 year period in people with bipolar disorder, determine whether these changes deviate from that of a control group, and identify which clinical, biological and psychological factors predict these changes.

A large battery of neuroimaging (fMRI, sMRI, rsfMRI, DTI), neurophysiological (MEG, eye-tracking), cognitive, mood, clinical, physical health and lifestyle data is already collected as part of a baseline assessment in the cohort. The candidate will be involved in the collection and analysis of the follow-up cognitive data.  The candidate will have the opportunity to craft a specific research question aligned to their interests utilising the available data.

The successful applicant should have an undergraduate and/or honours degree in a relevant field and have good results (first or upper second class honours or equivalent). Prospective PhD and combined PhD/Masters students are encouraged to apply.  Research experience in clinical interviewing, neurocognitive testing and neuroimaging analysis will be looked upon favourably.

Faculty Research Themes


School Research Themes

Neuroscience & Psychiatry

Research Opportunities

PhD, Masters by Research
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

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