Jayashri Kulkarni

Jayashri Kulkarni

Jayashri Kulkarni

  • Degree type: PhD
  • Degree(s): Doctor of Philosophy

Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery (now Bachelor of Medical Science and Doctor of Medicine), Master of Psychiatric Medicine, PhD

When Professor Jayashri Kulkarni recalls her first year studying medicine at Monash she paints a picture of a fearless and deeply curious 17-year-old unafraid to ask questions.

Looking back on those early days – the beginnings of a life-long relationship with the University – Jayashri can see she was in the right place: Her inquiring, critical mind had found a perfect match in Monash.

“Monash University has always valued curiosity; we were encouraged to ask questions and there was this interesting to-and-fro conversation style in the teaching. And that is what you need as a researcher – to be curious and not be stifled. It has profoundly shaped my career as a clinician and a researcher.”

Jayashri’s relationship with the University has endured, and in her current positions as Professor of Psychiatry (Monash University and Alfred Health) and Director, Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre, she now plays a role in mentoring curious young minds.

Describing herself as “a Monash person through and through”, Jayashri says the connections she has cemented over many years at Monash and through the alumni have been enriching, both personally and professionally.

“It does foster an enduring lifelong network of colleagues and friends. Even if you weren’t in the same year or same faculty, there is a bond there.”

She encourages all graduates to seize the opportunities the alumni community offers. “Human beings need connections. The Monash alumni is a brilliant way to remain connected to people who are able to share life’s journey with you.”

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