Our team and publications

IMPACT is led by Director Professor Michael Berk and Deputy Director Professor Julie Pasco. Our team of professors, associate professors, postdoctoral fellows, research fellows and students, clinicians and administrative assistants work hard to advance our understanding of mental and physical health.


Director/Alfred Deakin Professor of Psychiatry
Professor Michael Berk

Deputy Director/HDR Coordinator
Professor Julie Pasco


Associate Professor
Dr Seetal Dodd
Felice Jacka
Associate Professor
Lana Williams
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Dr Lesley Berk
Senior Research Fellow
Dr Olivia Dean
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Dr Brisa Fernandes
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Dr Kara Holloway
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Dr Alyna Turner
Research Fellow
Katherine Bennett
Research Fellow
Amelia Betson
Research Fellow
Gosia Bucki-Smith
Research Fellow
Bianca Kavanagh
Research Fellow
Amanda Stuart
Research Fellow
Natalie Hyde
Research Fellow
Emma Gliddon

Administration staff

Communications Officer
Brianna Doolan 
Administration/PA to Professor Michael Berk
Jane Meier
Administration/PA to Professor Julie Pasco
Cathy Verecondi
Administrative Assistant
Ashleigh Nicholson


Name Project title
Samantha Dawson Targeting the prenatal diet for maternal and infant gut health
Jasmine Cleminson Serotonin and Bone Metabolism
Veena Chandrasekaran Bipolar Disorder and Bone Health
Amber Sajjad Acute Health Service Utilisation in Diabetes Mellitus: A Project in Western Victoria
Lelia de Abreu Dysglycaemia in women
Pamela Rufus Bone Material Strength: A New Method for Determining the Material Properties of Bone
Melanie Ashton The efficacy of adjunctive Garcinia mangostana linn (mangosteen) pericarp for bipolar depression: A 24-week double-blind, randomised, placebo controlled trial
Sophia Xin Sui Muscle power and brain power
Stephanie Cowdery The Impact of Mental Health on Cancer Associated Mortality
Sarah Dash Biological pathways that mediate between diet and depression
Jo Dipnall The development of a clinical risk assessment tool for predicting depression
Sarah Hosking Understanding the role of health literacy in the prevention of osteoporosis
Monica Tembo The contribution of systemic inflammation to the association between frailty and muscoskeletel health
Amelia McGuinness MICRO-‘SCOPE: A study of diet, gut microbiota and mental health in community-dwelling adults