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.

Email: melanie.emonson@monash.edu

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. 



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