Associate Professor Kate Hoy


Can you help? The Cognitive Therapeutics Group is looking for participants for the following Clinical Trials:

1. A new non-medication approach to improving cognition symptoms in people with schizophrenia.

We are seeking volunteers between 18 and 55 years of age with a diagnosis of schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder to help us investigate the influence of gentle brain stimulation on attention, memory and problem solving. We are testing whether gentle electrical stimulation can improve these skills in patients with schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder. Participation will involve visiting our research centre in Prahran for five research sessions, each one taking between approximately two and three hours. You will be compensated for your time and travel costs. If you think this sounds interesting and would like to know more please contact Kirsten Gainsford on 9076 6952 or 

2. Investigating the use of brain stimulation to treat the cognitive symptoms of mild to moderate Alzheimer's

We are seeking volunteers between 50 and 95 years of age with a diagonsis of mild to moderate Alzheimer's. We are investigating whether a form of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation can improve the cognitive symptoms of Alzheimer's. Participation will involve visiting our research centre in Prahran for an initiial interview (2-3 hours), 21 treatments over a 6 week period (each lasting approximately 30 mintues), and two follow up interviews (2-3 hours each).  Participants will be provided compensation toward your travel and time costs.  If you think this sounds interesting and would like to know more please contact Caitlyn Rogers on 9076 9864 or

3. Brain stimulation and cognitive training to improve cognition in people who have had a mild to moderate head injury 

We are seeking volunteers between 18 and 65 years of age who have developed memory and attention problems following a mild to moderate head injury. We are testing whether combining gentle electrical stimulation with ‘brain training’ can improve memory and attention following a head injury. Participation will involve visiting our research centre in Prahran for daily treatment sessions over four weeks (20 in total) each lasting approximately one hour. You will be provided compensation toward your travel and time costs. If you think this sounds interesting and would like to know more please contact Kirsten Gainsford on 9076 6952 or 

Associate Professor Kate Hoy 

Head, Cognitive Therapeutics Group 

BBNSc (Hons), DPsych (Clin Neuro)

A/Prof Kate Hoy is an NHMRC Career Development Fellow and Clinical Neuropsychologist at MAPrc where she leads the Cognitive Therapeutics Group

Kate’s research is focused on the development of novel biological treatments for cognitive impairment in both psychiatric and neurological illnesses. Specifically, her group investigates the cognitive and neurobiological effects of brain stimulation techniques such as transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS), transcranial Alternating Current Stimulation (tACS), transcranial Random Noise Stimulation (tRNS), Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), Theta-Burst Stimulation (TBS) and Magnetic Seizure Therapy (MST). She is currently conducting clinical trials aimed at improving cognition in schizophrenia, head injury and Alzheimer’s.

Kate has worked in brain stimulation research for more than 13 years, has published over 70 scientific articles and 2 book chapters, and received over 2.7 million dollars competitive funding. In 2014 she was awarded the NHMRC Excellence Award for the top ranked Career Development Fellowship - Biomedical Level 1.

Kate is currently a member of the Faculty of Medicine Research Committee, a past member of the Monash ECR network, was the inaugral ECR representative on the Monash Research Committee, and is a former Deputy Chair of the Australian Academy of Science EMCR Forum, an advocacy group for early to mid-career researchers. She is also currently a mentor in the Global STEM Alliance 1000 girls, 1000 futures program.

Kate is passionate about communicating science to the public, not only her own research, but the importance and impact of science in general. She gives regular talks on her research to a range of audiences, she is active on twitter, has published articles in consumer targeted magazines (i.e. Link Disability Magazine, Australian Quarterly) and on the conversation website, and has been interviewed in the media on a number of occaisions. Kate was awarded a 2013 Victorian Tall Poppy Science Award in recognition of both her research excellence and commitment to science communication.

For a list of current projects see the Cognitive Therapeutics Research Group section of the current research page.

If you would like to find out more about Kate’s research, please contact 

Watch Dr Kate Hoy discuss her work at MAPrc: 


Cognitive Therapeutics Group 


Research Staff:      Ms Hannah Coyle (Research Assistant)

                                 Ms Kirsten Gainsford (Research Assistant)

                                 Ms Caitlyn Rogers (Research Assistant)


Current Students:  Mr Aron Hill (PhD, Monash University, Main Supervisor)  

                                 Ms Hannah Coyle (PhD, Monash University, Main Supervisor)

                   Ms Melanie Emonson (DPsych, Monash University, Main Supervisor)  

                   Ms Karyn Richardson (DPsych, Monash University, Co-Main Supervisor)

     Dr Ingrid Butterfield (PhD, Monash University)               

                                  Mr Rod Anderson (PhD, Monash University)                    

                                  Mr SungWook Chung (PhD, Monash University) 

                                  Mr Oscar Murphy (DPsych, Monash University)

                                  Ms Kirstyn Windsor (DPsych, Deakin University)      


Alumni:                     Dr Neil Bailey (Post-Doctoral Researcher, Former PhD Student)

      Ms Sara Arnold (Research Assistant)

                                   Dr Christina Furtado (DPsych, Monash University)

                                   Dr Sophie Anderson (Hons and DPsych, Monash University)

                                   Ms Marie Claire Davis (Masters, Melbourne University)

                                   Ms Melaine Emonson (Hons, Monash UniversityMain Supervisor)

                                   Ms Florence Teo (Hons, Monash UniversityMain Supervisor)

                                   Mr Paul Mulquinney (Hons, Monash UniversityMain Supervisor)

                                   Mr Macro Michael (BMedSci, Monash UniversityMain Supervisor)

                                   Dr Alex Lowe (Visiting international Medical Student, Homerton University Hospital)

                                   Mr Joshua John (Visiting international PhD student, University of South Carolina)

                                   Mr Dean Whitty (BMedSci, Monash UniversityMain Supervisor)

                                   Ms Laura Blair-West (BMedSci, Monash University)

      Ms Katernia Mei Ruu Lau (Honours, Monash UniversityMain Supervisor)

                                   Mr Nikolay Kozlov (Honours, Monash University, Main Supervisor)

                                   Ms Bridgette Pianta (Honours, Monash University)                                


Selected Recent Publications

Hoy KE, Fitzgerald PB. From bench to clinic to community: The far reaching implications of basic research. [Letter to the Editor]. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences In Press, 2015.

Hoy KE, Bailey NW, Michael M, Fitzgibbon, B, Rogasch, N, Sakei T, Fitzgerald PB. Enhancement of working memory and task related oscillatory activity following intermittent Theta Burst Stimulation in healthy controls. Cerebral Cortex . In Press, 2015. 

Hill A, Rogasch NC, Fitzgerald PB, Hoy K. Beyond the motor cortex: Examining the effects of tDCS with TMS-EEG. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, In Press 2016.  

Hill A, Fitzgerald PB, Hoy KE. Effects of anodal transcranial direct current stimulation on working and recognition memory: a systematic review and meta-analysis of findings from healthy and neuropsychiatric population. Brain Stimulation In Press, 2015 

Hoy KE, Bailey NW, Arnold SL, Fitzgerald PB. The effect of tDCS on gamma activity and working memory in schizophrenia. Psychiatry Research In Press, 2015.  

Hoy KE, Bailey NW, Arnold SL, John J, Daskalakis ZJ, Fitzgerald PB. The effect of γ-tACS on working memory performance in healthy controls. Brain and Cognition, In Press, 2015 

Hoy KE, Arnold S, Emonson M, Daskalakis ZJ, Fitzgerald PB.  An investigation into effects of tDCS dose on cognitive performance over time in patients with schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Research, 155, 96–100; 2014

Hoy KE, Emonson M, Arnold S, Thomson R, Daskalakis ZJ, Fitzgerald PB.  Testing the Limits: Investigating the effect of tDCS dose on working memory enhancement in healthy controls. Neuropsychologia, 51; 1777-1784, 2013

Hoy KE, Fitzgerald PB. Brain stimulation in psychiatry and its effects on cognition.  Nature Reviews Neurology. 6, 267–275, 2010.

Hoy KE, Thomson RH, Cherk M, Yap KSK, Daskalakis ZJ, Fitzgerald PB. Effect of magnetic seizure therapy on regional brain glucose metabolism in major depression. Psychiatry Research Neuroimaging, 211(2); 169-175, 2013.

Hoy KE, Segrave RA, Daskalakis ZJ, Fitzgerald PB. Investigating the relationship between cognitive change and antidepressant response following rTMS: A large scale retrospective study. Brain Stimulation 5(4): 539-4, 2012.

Hoy KE, Fitzgerald PB. Magnetic Seizure Therapy for Treatment Resistant Depression. Expert Review of Medical Devices. 8(6):723-32., 2011

Hoy KE, Enticott PG, Daskalakis Z, Fitzgerald PB. Can a behavioural intervention enhance the effect of rTMS on mood? Brain Stimulation. 4; 84-89, 2011

Hoy KE, Fitzgerald PB. Introducing Magnetic Seizure Therapy: A novel therapy for treatment resistant depression.  Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry. 44; 591-598, 2010.


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