Associate Professor Kate Hoy


Associate Professor Kate Hoy 

Deputy Director, Therapeutic Brain Stimulation
Head, Cognitive Therapeutics Research Program

BBNSc (Hons), DPsych (Clin Neuro)

A/Prof Kate Hoy is an NHMRC Fellow and Clinical Neuropsychologist at MAPrc where she heads the Cognitive Therapeutics Research Program, and is Deputy Director of Therapeutic Brain Stimulation. 

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 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 patiens with schizophrenia and Alzheimer's, as well as in healthy older adults. Kate's team is also conducting research looking at cognitive impairment in head injury and mild cognitive impairment, as well as investigating ways in which to optimise efficacy of prefrontal brain stimulation techniques.  

Kate has worked in brain stimulation research for more than 14 years, has published 80 scientific articles and 2 book chapters, and received over 3.6 million dollars competitive funding.  She is an emerging leader in clinical research, having been awarded three successive NHMRC Fellowships, a prestigous NHMRC excellence award and the 2017 Victorian Telstra Business Women’s Award for Academia.


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. Kate also initiated, and maintains, the women in brainstim database site aimed at addressing the extreme gender imbalances at international brain stimulation conferences.  Go to to find out more and register.


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 Program current research page.

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

Watch A/Prof Kate Hoy discuss her work at MAPrc: 



Cognitive Therapeutics Research Team


Research Co-ordinator: Ms Melanie Emonson 


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

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

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

                  Mr SungWook Chung (PhD, Monash University) 

                                 Mr Oscar Murphy (DPsych, Monash University)

                                 Dr Leo Chen (PhD, Monash University)

                                 Mr Robert Cooper (PhD, Monash University)


Alumni:                   Ms Kirsten Gainsford (Research Assistant)

                                Ms Caitlyn Rogers (Research Assistant)



                                Ms Kirstyn Windsor (DPsych, Deakin University) 

                                Dr Karyn Richardson (Former DPsych Student)    

                                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 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

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, In Press 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, Rogasch NC, Fitzgerald PB, Hoy K. TMS-EEG a window into the neurophysiological effects of transcranial electrical stimulation in non-motor brain regions. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews. 64, 175-184. 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, Fitzgerald PB. From bench to clinic to community: The far reaching implications of basic research. [Letter to the Editor] PNAS. 112(42), 2015

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.

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.



Hoy_Letter.pdf311.05 KB

 MAPrc Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre, Level 4, 607 St Kilda Road, Melbourne 3004

 © MAPrc 2013. Designed and hosted by Infoxchange Australia