Associate Professor Kate Hoy


Associate Professor Kate Hoy 

Head, Interventional Neuropsychology Research Program
Deputy Director, Therapeutic Brain Stimulation

BBNSc (Hons), DPsych (Clin Neuro)

Associate Professor Kate Hoy is an NHMRC Fellow and Clinical Neuropsychologist. She is Head of the Interventional Neuropsychology Research Program and Deputy Director of Therapeutic Brain Stimulation at Monash University.


With over 12 years experience in applied brain stimulation Kate’s research program is focused on developing novel biological treatments for cognitive disorders. She currently leads a number of world first clinical trials aimed at improving cognition in  Alzheimer's, as well preventing dementia in people with mild cognitive impairment. Kate's team is also conducting research looking at cognitive impairment in schizophrenia, head injury, Huntington's disease, and attentional disorders, as well as investigating ways in which to optimise efficacy of prefrontal brain stimulation techniques.  She has published over 90 scientific journal articles and received more than 3.8 million dollars in competitive funding. Kate has been awarded three sequential NHMRC Fellowships, an NHMRC excellence award (Top Ranked CDF) and a 2017 Victorian Telstra Business Women’s Award.


Kate is recognised as a leading brain stimulation researcher internationally. She is on the editorial board of Cortex, has given more than 40 invited presentations on cognition and brain stimulation (including keynote presentations), and is a founding executive member of the Australasian Brain Stimulation Society. In 2016 Kate also founded the initiative, a database website aimed at addressing the extreme gender imbalances at international brain stimulation conferences.


Kate is a passionate and active science advocate, particularly around issues of diversity and inclusion,equity and career sustainability. She is a former Deputy Chair of the Australian Academy of Science’s Early and Mid-Career Researchers forum, has been a returning mentor in the Global STEM Alliance initiative: 1000girls,1000futures and currently works with the Australian Academy of Science across a number of national diversity and inclusion initiatives.


Kate is also dedicated to 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 converstaion website, and has been interviewed in the media on more than 30 occasions.


Watch A/Prof Kate Hoy discuss her work:


Interventional Neuropsychology Team

Research Co-ordinator:      Dr Melanie Emonson

Research Assistant:           Ms Freya Stockman

Current Students:               Ms Hannah Coyle (DPsych, Monash University, Main Supervisor)

                                              Ms Maire Claire Davis (PhD, Monash University, Main Supervisor)

                                Ms Andrea Marcu (PhD, Monash University, Main Supervisor)

                                              Mr Oscar Murphy (DPsych, Monash University)

                                              Dr Leo Chen (PhD, Monash University)

                                              Mr Robert Cooper (PhD, Monash University)

Recent Alumni:                   Dr Aron Hill (PhD, Monash University and Research Assistant)

                                             Dr SungWook Chung (PhD, Monash University) 

                                             Ms Caitlyn Rogers (Research Assistant)


Selected Recent Publications: A full list of A/Prof Hoy's articles can be found HERE

Hill A, Rogasch NC, Fitzgerald PB, Hoy KE. Impact of Concurrent Task Performance on Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS)-Induced Changes in Cortical Physiology and Working Memory. Cortex (accepted 30.11.18).

Coyle H, Ponsford J, Hoy KE. Understanding individual variability in symptoms and recovery following mTBI: a role for TMS-EEG? Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews. (accepted 25/05/2018).

Hill A, Rogasch NC, Fitzgerald PB, Hoy K.  Effects of Prefrontal Bipolar and High-Definition Transcranial Direct Currents Stimulation on Cortical Reactivity and Working Memory in Healthy Adults. Neuroimage, 52:142-157, 2017.

Hoy KE. Gender Imbalance at Brain Stimulation Conferences: We have a problem and it is everyone's problem. [Letter to the Editor]. Brain Stimulation, 10(1) 155-156, 2017.

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, 26(12): 4563-4573, 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 9(2):197-208. 2016.

Hoy KE, Bailey NW, Arnold SL, Fitzgerald PB. The effect of tDCS on gamma activity and working memory in schizophrenia. Psychiatry Research. 228(2), 191-196, 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. 101; 51-56, 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.



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