Research Staff


The Research Staff at MAPrc are a diverse group of dedicated and dynamic people, with a focus on ground-breaking and innovative outcomes for participant-oriented care. We acknowledge the participant as the hub of all our research activities, and make every effort to ensure continuity of optimum health and wellbeing, in an holistic manner. Our values encompass caring and responding appropriately to our patients/participants; encouraging and achieving excellence through continual learning and improvement; working in partnership and co-operation with all allied health services; being responsible and accountable for the services we provide; and treating all people with integrity, in a friendly, trusting and respectful manner and environment.
MAPrc nurtures a friendly and supportive environment, where team work and individual effort are not only encouraged but applauded. Our work incorporates all areas of mental health, as discussed under ‘Our Research’. We strive to provide educational updates and opportunities to all staff, and encourage the dissemination of knowledge in all areas of the health sector. 
Research activities include project advertisement, ethics processing, project recruitment, participant interaction, project co-ordination and data analysis; development of clinical networks; conference attendance and project presentations; publication of study progress and results within a variety of reputable journals and departmental representation at a diverse range of mental health forums, both nationally and internationally.

Dr Melanie Emonson

Dr Melanie Emonson BBNS (Hons) DPsych (Clin Neuro)

Research Co-ordinator/Research Psychologist

Melanie completed her Doctor of Psychology (Clinical Neuropsychology) at Monash University in 2018 under the supervision of A/Prof Kate Hoy, Prof Paul Fitzgerald and Dr Nigel Rogasch. Her thesis investigated the neurobiological and cognitive effects of transcranial direct current stimulation in healthy aging and mild cognitive impairment.  Melanie is the current Research Co-ordinator of the Cognitive Therapeutics Research Program and a Research Psychologist for the Therapeutic Brain Stimulation Team at the Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre. In this position she co-ordinates the randomised clinical trial investigating theta burst stimulation for the treatment of mild-to-moderate Alzheimer’s disease and projects investigating the use of non-invasive brain stimulation techniques to improve cognitive functioning in healthy adults and mild cognitive impairment.

Research interests include investigating the therapeutic benefit of non-invasive brain stimulation treatments to assist cognitive functioning in healthy aging, Alzheimer’s disease and mild cognitive impairment. Melanie is also passionate about the development of neuropsychological interventions to improve daily functioning and quality of life for individuals with cognitive dysfunction.


Phone: (03) 9805 4346



Hoy, K.E., Arnold, S.A., Emonson, M.R.L., Daskalakis, Z..J., & Fitzgerald, P.B. (2014). An investigation into the effects of tDCS dose on cognitive performance over time in patients with schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Research, 155(1-3), 96-100. 

Hoy, K.E., Emonson, M.R.L., Arnold, S.A., Daskalakis, Z..J., & Fitzgerald, P.B. (2013). Testing the limits: Investigating the effect of tDCS dose on working memory enhancement in healthy controls. Neuropsychologia, 51(9), 1777-1784. 



O’Connell, B. (2015, June 4). Dementia trial of electro-doping. Herald Sun, p17.

Smith, B. (2018, July 3). Brain stimulation reduces aggression, boosts moral judgement in human trial. Retrieved from

Megan Ross

 Megan Ross joined MAPrc in May 2017 and is a Research Assistant supervised by Dr. Mareena Kaur in the Therapeutic Brain Stimulation Team. 

Caley Sullivan

Caley is a research assistant in the Brain Stimulation team.