Student Opportunities

ECIHM student opportunities

Seminar Series

ECIMH conducts a seminar series designed to inform, engage and excite students about neuroscience and mental health research. Webinars are conducted by current staff and students of ECIMH, and can be accessed below.

Research Opportunities

ECIMH offers clinical research opportunities for both honours and PhD students, and prides itself on being an accepting, friendly and stimulating learning environment. To learn more about the next Honours and PhD student research opportunities, please contact Dr Neil Bailey:

Current PhD student projects

Please find below our current PhD projects undertaken by students in various areas of interest and their supervisor(s):


  • Aleksandra Miljevic - Improving electroencephalographic methods to assess brain connectivity: Predicting response and relapse after repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation for depression Supervisors: Prof Paul Fitzgerald, Dr Neil Bailey, Dr Sally Herring

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

  • Dr Prabhavi Perera - Therapeutic use of transcranial Alternating Current Stimulation for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Supervisors: Prof Paul Fitzgerald, Dr Neil Bailey, Dr Sally Herring

People across the spectrum of anxiety (healthy controls with varying levels of anxiety and people with social anxiety disorder or generalised anxiety disorder)

  • Jessica Michael - Investigating brain correlates of anxiety using electroencephalogram and transcranial alternating current stimulation Supervisors: Prof Kate Hoy, Dr Bernadette Fitzgibbon, Prof Paul Fitzgerald,  Dr Manreena Kaur

Huntington's disease

  • Marie-Claire Davis - Transcranial alternating current stimulation for apathy in Huntington's disease Supervisors: Prof Kate Hoy, Dr Neil Bailey,  Dr Bernadette Fitzgibbon

Chronic pain, Mindfulness-meditators, Healthy volunteers

  • Michael Wang - Neurophysiological effects of mindfulness on chronic pain Supervisors: Dr Neil Bailey, Dr Bernadette Fitzgibbon


  • Kirsten Gainsford - Combining brain stimulation and virtual reality to improve social cognition in schizophrenia Supervisors: Prof Kate Hoy, Prof  Paul Fitzgerald, Dr Neil Bailey, Dr Bernadette Fitzgibbon

Selected previous Honours research projects

Dr Neil Bailey

  • Mindfulness and resting brain activity
  • Prefrontal brain activity alterations as a result of mindfulness meditation, assessed by combining transcranial magnetic stimulation and EEG
  • Does regular mindfulness meditation alter neural inhibition/excitation balance?

Prof Kate Hoy, Dr Melanie Emonson

  • Investigate whether the effects of tDCS on cognition are driven by generalised improvements in information processing

Dr Bernadette Fitzgibbon, Dr Manreena Kaur

  • Investigating neuro-cardiac-guided rTMS for the treatment of depression