Treating cognitive impairment in bipolar disorder

Research Opportunity
Royal Melbourne Hospital
Primary Supervisor Email Number Webpage
Dr Tamsyn Van Rheenen Personal web page

Summary This project aims to examine the efficacy of a neuroplasticity-based cognitive remediation intervention to improve cognitive and functional outcomes in people with bipolar disorder.

Project Details

A significant proportion of people with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia experience cognitive dysfunction that negatively impacts the ability to function in daily life. Research indicates that Cognitive Remediation Therapy (CRT) may be partially effective in improving cognitive performance in schizophrenia. However, there is very limited research on CRT in bipolar disorder.

We are currently seeking an academically high-performing student with a background in psychology, and/or neuroscience to be involved in a new clinical trial examining the use of a neuroplasticity-based cognitive remediation intervention to improve cognitive and functional outcomes in bipolar disorder.

The trial will be conducted in the context of collaborations between the Melbourne Neuropsychiatry Centre (University of Melbourne) and the Centre for Mental Health (Swinburne University). Candidates will be required to contribute to data collection, data analysis and manuscript preparation. The candidate will be supervised by a team including Dr Tamsyn Van Rheenen and Professor Susan Rossell.

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 and neurocognitive testing will be looked upon favourably. Students with their own scholarship funding are welcomed.

Faculty Research Themes


School Research Themes

Neuroscience & Psychiatry

Research Opportunities

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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Research Node

Royal Melbourne Hospital

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