Healthy Brain and Mind Research Centre

Mental health, brain-related, and developmental disorders have significant negative impacts upon the mortality and social participation of the most vulnerable members of the community and are among the most urgent global challenges of the 21st century.

HBMRC brings together three programs of research excellence in mental health, addiction neuroscience, and disability and development:

Our research

Neuroscience of Addiction & Mental Health

Neuroscience of Addiction & Mental Health, mapping the clinical, cognitive, and brain mechanisms of addiction, substance use behaviours, and related mental health problems.

Program lead: Associate Professor Valentina Lorenzetti

Development and Disability over the Lifespan (DDoL)

Development and Disability over the Lifespan (DDoL), mapping key neurocognitive processes that drive the motor and cognitive development of children, understanding Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD), and translating this knowledge into innovations in motor training and rehabilitation.

Program lead: Professor Peter Wilson

Digital Innovation in Mental Health and Well-Being

Digital Innovation in Mental Health and Well-Being, promoting the psychological wellbeing of individuals with serious mental health problems.

Program lead: Professor John Gleeson

Our people

The Centre is comprised of 35 members which includes 15 staff members and over 20 research students at Honours, Masters and PhD level. We are a multi-disciplinary team who make significant contributions to mental health, participation and well-being by integrating cutting edge research expertise and technology spanning neuroscience, addiction science, clinical psychology, developmental psychology and rehabilitation science to improve the understanding, prevention and treatment of mental health, brain-related and developmental disorders.

Meet our people

Program leads

Professor John Gleeson

Centre Director and Program Lead, Digital Innovation in Mental Health and Well-Being

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Associate Professor Valentina Lorenzetti

Deputy Director and Program Lead, Neuroscience of Addiction and Mental Health

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Professor Peter Wilson

Deputy Director and Program Lead, Disability and Development over the Lifespan

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Study with us

We are now accepting PhD applications from prospective domestic and international candidates for study commencing in Research Term C 2022. Applications close 11:59pm Friday 1st July 2022 AEST or until suitable candidates are identified.

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The Daniel Mannix Building
Level 5, 17 - 29 Young St
Fitzroy, 3065


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