I'm a research fellow at the Melbourne Neuropsychiatry Centre (MNC), Department of Psychiatry, University of Melbourne.
I study the brain and behaviour in two of the most complex psychiatric disorders; schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. My background is in the area of clinical neuropsychology research but my fellowship program incorporates neuroimaging to better understand the relationship between behaviourally assessed cognitive (thinking) skills and underlying brain anatomy and brain function.
I'm a Victorian Young Tall Poppy and the co-chair of the Australasian Society of Bipolar and Depressive Disorders EMCR committee.
I'm currently funded by the NHMRC and am lucky enough to be supported and mentored by several exceptional researchers including Prof. Christos Pantelis - MNC scientific director and one of the worlds most influential scientific minds (top 1% of most highly cited researchers); Prof. Susan Rossell - internationally recognized expert in the neuropsychology of schizophrenia and director of the Centre for Mental Health at Swinburne University, and Prof. Michael Berk - internationally renowned expert in bipolar disorders and director of IMPACT at Deakin University.
Van Rheenen, TE., Cropley, V., Zalesky, A., Bousman, C., Wells,R., Bruggemann, J., Sundram, S., Weinberg, D., Lenroot, RK., Pereira, A., Shannon Weickert, C., Weickert, TW., Pantelis, P. (in press). Widespread Volumetric Reductions in Schizophrenia and Schizoaffective Patients Displaying Compromised Cognitive Abilities, Schizophrenia Bulletin
Calafiore, D., Rossell, S.L., Van Rheenen, T.E., 2018. Cognitive abilities in first-degree relatives of individuals with bipolar disorder. J. Affect. Disord. 225, 147-152.
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