Dr Caroline Gurvich

Dr Gurvich is a Senior Research Fellow and a Clinical Neuropsychologist. She is the Deputy Director of the Women’s Mental Health Division at Monash Alfred Psychiatry research centre and Head of the Cognitive Neuroscience Group.  Caroline combines neuropsychological assessments with eye movement research to clearly characterise cognition.  She has a particular interest in how hormones influence cognitive functioning in mental health and illness. 

Caroline has over 75 publications that have ultimately contributed to a better understanding of how biological factors influence symptoms and cognition in mental health and mental illness. Caroline is the recipient of several awards, prizes and competitive grant funding. She holds two psychology guest lecturer positions and enjoys her role supervising PhD and honours students. Caroline has close collaborations with Prof Susan Rossell, Director: Centre for Mental Health, Swinburne University, and her cognitive neuropsychiatry team.  Together, they have established an ongoing genes and cognition biodatabank to better understand genetic mechanisms underpinning cognitive disturbances across the psychosis continuum.

Caroline is also passionate about gender equity in science and is the Chair of the central clinical school Gender Equity Diversity and Inclusion committee.

Key areas of interest

  • Sex hormones and cognition
  • Eye movements in psychiatry
  • Stress hormones, early life adversity and cognition
  • Dopaminergic genes and cognition 

If you would like to find out more about Caroline’s research, please contact her: caroline.gurvich@monash.edu


Selected recent papers

Thomas, N., GURVICH, C., Hudaib, A. R., Gavrilidis, E. & Kulkarni, J.,  2019, Systematic review and meta-analysis of basal cortisol levels in Borderline Personality Disorder compared to non-psychiatric controls Psychoneuroendocrinology. 102, p. 149-157

GURVICH, C., Hudaib, A., Gavrilidis, E., Worsley, R., Thomas, N. & Kulkarni, J., 2019, Raloxifene as a treatment for cognition in women with schizophrenia: the influence of menopause status Psychoneuroendocrinology. 100, p. 113-119


Kulkarni, J., Gavrilidis, E., Hudaib, A. R., Bleeker, C., Worsley, R. & GURVICH, C., 2018 Development and validation of a new rating scale for perimenopausal depression - The Meno-D Translational Psychiatry. 8, 1, 9 p., 123.

GURVICH, C., Gavrilidis, E., Worsley, R., Hadaib, A., Thomas, N. & Kulkarni, J., 2018, Menstrual cycle irregularity and menopause status influence cognition in women with schizophrenia Psychoneuroendocrinology. 96, p. 173-178 6

GURVICH, C., Hoy, K., Thomas, N. & Kulkarni, J., 2018, Sex differences and the influence of sex hormones on cognition through adulthood and the aging processBrain Sciences. 8, 9, 14 p., 163.

Kulkarni, J., Gavrilidis, E., Thomas, N., Hudaib, A. R., Worsley, R., Thew, C., Bleeker, C. & GURVICH, C., 2018, Tibolone improves depression in women through the menopause transition: A double-blind randomized controlled trial of adjunctive tibolone: Journal of Affective Disorders. 236, p. 88-92 5

Phillipou, A., Woods, W., Abel, L. A., Rossell, S. L., Hughes, M. E., Castle, D. J. & GURVICH, C., 2018, Spontaneous blink rate in anorexia nervosa: Implications for dopaminergic activity in anorexia nervosa

Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry. 52, 7, p. 713-714 2

Kulkarni, J., Thomas, N., Hudaib, A. R., Gavrilidis, E., Grigg, J., Tan, R., Cheng, J., Arnold, A. & GURVICH, C., 2018, Effect of the Glutamate NMDA Receptor Antagonist Memantine as Adjunctive Treatment in Borderline Personality Disorder: An Exploratory, Randomised, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Trial CNS Drugs. 32, 2, p. 179-187

Thomas, E. H. X., Bozaoglu, K., Rossell, S. L. & GURVICH, C., 2017 The influence of the glutamatergic system on cognition in schizophrenia: A systematic review Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews. 77, p. 369 - 387 19.

Myles, J., Rossell, S., Phillipou, Thomas, E., GURVICH, C. Insights to the schizophrenia continuum: A systematic review of saccadic eye movements in schizotypy and biological relatives of schizophrenia patients. Neuroscience and Biobehavioural Reviews, 72, 278-300. 

GURVICH, C; Bozaoglu, K; Neill, E; Van Rheenen, T; Tan, E; Louise, S & Rossell, S. (2015) The dopamine D1 receptor gene is associated with negative schizotypy in a non-clinical sample Psychiatry Research, 235, 213-214.

GURVICH, C., & Rossell., S (2015) Editorial: Cognition across the psychiatric disorder spectrum: From mental health to clinical diagnosis Frontiers in Psychiatry 6(AUG), 110. 

Carruthers S, GURVICH C, Rossell, S. (2015) The muscarinic system, cognition and schizophrenia. Neurosci Biobehav Rev. 55:393-402. 

GURVICH, C., & Rossell, S. L. (2015). Dopamine and cognitive control: Sex-by-genotype interactions influence the capacity to switch attention. Behav Brain Res, 281C, 96-101. 

GURVICH, C. T., & Rossell, S. L. (2014). Genetic variations in dopamine and inhibitory control: Lack of influence on action restraint. Behav Brain Res, 267C, 12-16. 

Warren, A., GURVICH, C., Worsley, R., & Kulkarni, J. (2014). A systematic review of the impact of oral contraceptives on cognition. Contraception, 90(2), 111-116. 

GURVICH, C., Maller, J. J., Lithgow, B., Haghgooie, S., & Kulkarni, J. (2013). Vestibular insights into cognition and psychiatry. Brain Res, 1537, 244-259.


Student Supervision and Research Team members

Available PhD projects (see more https://www.monash.edu/medicine/research/supervisorconnect):

  • Sex hormones, cognition and aging
  • Cognitive functioning and emotion processing during the menopause transition
  • Impact of type and timing of childhood adversity on adult cognition and psychopathology


Current PhD Supervision

  • Ms Elizabeth Thomas PhD Student, The influence of the glutamatergic system on cognition across the schizotypy/schizophrenia continuum 

  • Ms Jacqueline Riddiford PhD Student, The Mirror Neuron System and Autism Spectrum Disorder: An investigation into visual processing influences

  • Mr Brad Stolz-Grobusch PhD Student, Characterisation of subgroups in Borderline Personality Disorder and the potential for Cognitive Bias Modification training

Current (2019) honours supervision

  • Ms Paige Gray, BSci (Hons), Emotion recognition and regulation in women with pre-menstrual dysphoric disorder
  • Marisha Shetty, BBiomedSc (Hons) Stress and the battle of the sexes: Can the Perceived Stress Scale measure differences in stress responses between genders?
  • Jessica Lee BMedSc (Hons) Cognitive Function Across the Menstrual Cycle in Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder
  • Taran Giddey BMedSc (Hons) Eye Tracking as a Cognitive Biomarker in Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder

Completed PhD Candidates Supervision

Sean Carruthers (Swinburne University, PhD, 2019)

Sacha Filia (Monash University, PhD 2016)

Phillip Law (Monash University, PhD 2017)

Mehrnaz Shoushstarian (Monash University, PhD  2008).

Kay McCauley (Monash University, PhD 2009)


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