I'm a senior research fellow at the Melbourne Neuropsychiatry Centre (MNC), Department of Psychiatry, University of Melbourne, where I lead the Mood-Psychosis Spectrum Research Group.
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, 2018 Club Melbourne Fellow, and the former 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.
Carruthers SP, Van Rheenen TE, Gurvich C, Sumner PJ, Rossell SL. Characterising the structure of cognitive heterogeneity in schizophrenia spectrum disorders—A systematic review and narrative synthesis. Neurosci Biobehav Rev. 2019.
Van Rheenen TE, Lewandowski KE, Bauer IE, Kapczinski F, Miskowiak K, Burdick KE, et al. Current understandings of the trajectory and emerging correlates of cognitive impairment in bipolar disorder: an overview of evidence. Bipolar disorders. In Press.
Van Rheenen TE, Cropley V, Fagerlund B, Wannan C, Bruggemann J, Lenroot RK, et al. Cognitive reserve attenuates age-related cognitive decline in the context of putatively accelerated brain ageing in schizophrenia-spectrum disorders. Psychol Med. In Press.
Carruthers, S. P.... Van Rheenen, T.E. and Rossell, S.L. (2019). Exploring Heterogeneity on the Wisconsin Card Sorting Test in Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorders: A Cluster Analytical Investigation. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 1-11.
Van Rheenen TE, Ganella EP, Bauer IE, Bartholomeusz CF. Characterization of social cognitive deficits on the schizophrenia-bipolar disorder spectrum: An overview of current evidence. In: Lewandowski KE, Moustafa AA, editors. Social Cognition in Psychosis. 1 ed: Elsevier; 2019.
Bauer, IE. Suchting, R; Van Rheenen, TE, Wu M-J, Mwangi B, Spiker D, Zunta-Soares G, Soares J. (2019) The use of component-wise gradient boosting to assess the possible role of cognitive measures as markers of vulnerability to pediatric bipolar disorder. Cognitive Neuropsychiatry, 18: 1-15
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