Dr Melissa Kirkovski

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Casual Academic

Faculty

Faculty of Health

Department

School of Psychology

Campus

Cloud (online)

Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy, Monash University, 2015
Graduate Diploma in Psychology, Deakin University, 2011

Contact

Biography

Dr Kirkovski holds an Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellowship within the Cognitive Neuroscience Unit (CNU), School of Psychology, Burwood Campus.


Melissa has experience using a variety of neuro-scientific modalities, including: functional and structural magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS), transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and electroencephalography (EEG).  Her primary research interests involve understanding the neurobiological basis of autism spectrum disorders (ASD), with a focus on social cognition and the role of biological sex. She also has experience in taking basic science approaches to understanding the neurobiological mechanisms underlying social cognition.

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Research interests

Autism spectrum disorder, neuroscience, social cognition, neuroimaging, non-invasive brain stimulation

Knowledge areas

Autism spectrum disorder, social cognition, cognitive neuroscience, neural connectivity, functional and structural magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), electromyography (EMG), electroencephalography (EEG).

Publications

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2022

Cross-frequency coupling in psychiatric disorders: A systematic review

B Yakubov, S Das, R Zomorrodi, D Blumberger, P Enticott, M Kirkovski, T Rajji, P Desarkar

(2022), Vol. 138, Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, United States, C1

journal article

Does empathy predict autistic traits? A multi-modal investigation

P Donaldson, S Bekkali, G Youssef, M Kirkovski, T Ford, P Enticott

(2022), Vol. 196, Personality and Individual Differences, C1

journal article
2021

Meta-Analysis Reveals Gait Anomalies in Autism

J Lum, K Shandley, N Albein-Urios, M Kirkovski, N Papadopoulos, R Wilson, P Enticott, N Rinehart

(2021), Vol. 14, pp. 733-747, Autism Research, United States, C1

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Continuous theta-burst stimulation modulates language-related inhibitory processes in bilinguals: evidence from event-related potentials

A Ware, J Lum, M Kirkovski

(2021), Vol. 226, pp. 1453-1466, Brain Structure and Function, Germany, C1

journal article

Neural activity during cognitive reappraisal in chronic low back pain: A preliminary study

S Ng, D Urquhart, P Fitzgerald, M Kirkovski, F Cicuttini, J Maller, P Enticott, S Rossell, B Fitzgibbon

(2021), Vol. 21, pp. 586-596, Scandinavian Journal of Pain, Germany, C1

journal article

Large-scale analysis of interindividual variability in single and paired-pulse TMS data

D Corp, H Bereznicki, G Clark, G Youssef, P Fried, A Jannati, C Davies, J Gomes-Osman, M Kirkovski, N Albein-Urios, P Fitzgerald, G Koch, V Di Lazzaro, A Pascual-Leone, P Enticott

(2021), Vol. 132, pp. 2639-2653, Clinical Neurophysiology, Netherlands, C1

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Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) in autism spectrum disorder: Protocol for a multicentre randomised controlled clinical trial

P Enticott, K Barlow, A Guastella, M Licari, N Rogasch, C Middeldorp, S Clark, A Vallence, K Boulton, I Hickie, A Whitehouse, C Galletly, G Alvares, H Fujiyama, H Heussler, J Craig, M Kirkovski, N Mills, N Rinehart, P Donaldson, T Ford, K Caeyenberghs, N Albein-Urios, S Bekkali, P Fitzgerald

(2021), Vol. 11, BMJ Open, England, C1

journal article

Fixel-based Analysis of Diffusion MRI: Methods, Applications, Challenges and Opportunities

T Dhollander, A Clemente, M Singh, F Boonstra, O Civier, J Duque, N Egorova, P Enticott, I Fuelscher, S Gajamange, S Genc, E Gottlieb, C Hyde, P Imms, C Kelly, M Kirkovski, S Kolbe, X Liang, A Malhotra, R Mito, G Poudel, T Silk, D Vaughan, J Zanin, D Raffelt, K Caeyenberghs

(2021), Vol. 241, NeuroImage, United States, C1

journal article

Examining resting-state functional connectivity in key hubs of the default mode network in chronic low back pain

S Ng, D Urquhart, P Fitzgerald, F Cicuttini, M Kirkovski, J Maller, P Enticott, S Rossell, B Fitzgibbon

(2021), Vol. 21, pp. 839-846, Scandinavian Journal of Pain, Germany, C1

journal article
2020

Large-scale analysis of interindividual variability in theta-burst stimulation data: results from the 'Big TMS Data Collaboration'

D Corp, H Bereznicki, G Clark, G Youssef, P Fried, A Jannati, C Davies, J Gomes-Osman, J Stamm, S Chung, S Bowe, N Rogasch, P Fitzgerald, G Koch, V Di Lazzaro, A Pascual-Leone, P Enticott

(2020), Vol. 13, pp. 1476-1488, Brain stimulation, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Fixel Based Analysis Reveals Atypical White Matter Micro- and Macrostructure in Adults With Autism Spectrum Disorder: An Investigation of the Role of Biological Sex

M Kirkovski, I Fuelscher, C Hyde, P Donaldson, T Ford, S Rossell, P Fitzgerald, P Enticott

(2020), Vol. 14, Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience, Switzerland, C1

journal article

Meta-Analysis Reveals a Bilingual Advantage That Is Dependent on Task and Age

A Ware, M Kirkovski, J Lum

(2020), Vol. 11, Frontiers in Psychology, Switzerland, C1

journal article
2019

A double-blind HD-tDCS/EEG study examining right temporoparietal junction involvement in facial emotion processing

P Donaldson, M Kirkovski, N Rinehart, P Enticott

(2019), Vol. 14, pp. 681-696, Social Neuroscience, England, C1

journal article

Does fMRI repetition suppression reveal mirror neuron activity in the human brain? Insights from univariate and multivariate analysis

I Fuelscher, K Caeyenberghs, P Enticott, M Kirkovski, S Farquharson, J Lum, C Hyde

(2019), Vol. 50, pp. 2877-2892, European Journal of Neuroscience, France, C1

journal article

Increased perseverative errors following high-definition transcranial direct current stimulation over the ventrolateral cortex during probabilistic reversal learning

N Albein-Urios, H Chase, L Clark, M Kirkovski, C Davies, P Enticott

(2019), Vol. 12, pp. 959-966, Brain Stimulation, United States, C1

journal article

High-definition transcranial direct current stimulation in anorexia nervosa: a pilot study

A Phillipou, M Kirkovski, D Castle, C Gurvich, L Abel, S Miles, S Rossell

(2019), Vol. 52, pp. 1274-1280, International Journal of Eating Disorders, London, Eng., C1

journal article

High-definition tDCS to the right temporoparietal junction modulates slow-wave resting state power and coherence in healthy adults

P Donaldson, M Kirkovski, J Yang, S Bekkali, P Enticott

(2019), Vol. 122, pp. 1735-1744, Journal of Neurophysiology, United States, C1

journal article
2018

Autism-relevant traits interact with temporoparietal junction stimulation effects on social cognition: a high-definition transcranial direct current stimulation and electroencephalography study

P Donaldson, M Kirkovski, N Rinehart, P Enticott

(2018), pp. 0-0, European Journal of Neuroscience, Chichester, Eng., C1

journal article

Autism spectrum traits linked with reduced performance on self-report behavioural measures of cognitive flexibility

N Albein-Urios, G Youssef, M Kirkovski, P Enticott

(2018), Vol. 48, pp. 2506-2515, Journal of autism and developmental disorders, New York, N.Y., C1

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Short communication: Sex-linked differences in gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) are related to social functioning in autism spectrum disorder

M Kirkovski, C Suo, P Enticott, M Yücel, P Fitzgerald

(2018), Vol. 274, pp. 19-22, Psychiatry Research - Neuroimaging, Netherlands, C1

journal article

Intra- and inter-regional priming of ipsilateral human primary motor cortex with continuous theta burst stimulation does not induce consistent neuroplastic effects

M Do, M Kirkovski, C Davies, S Bekkali, L Byrne, P Enticott

(2018), Vol. 12, Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, Switzerland, C1

journal article

Therapeutic Applications of Invasive Neuromodulation in Children and Adolescents

D Doruk Camsari, M Kirkovski, P Croarkin

(2018), Vol. 41, pp. 479-483, Psychiatric Clinics of North America, United States, C1

journal article

Therapeutic Applications of Noninvasive Neuromodulation in Children and Adolescents

D Doruk Camsari, M Kirkovski, P Croarkin

(2018), Vol. 41, pp. 465-477, Psychiatric Clinics of North America, United States, C1

journal article
2017

Low-frequency brain stimulation to the left dorsolateral prefrontal cortex increases the negative impact of social exclusion among those high in personal distress

B Fitzgibbon, M Kirkovski, N Bailey, R Thomson, N Eisenberger, P Enticott, P Fitzgerald

(2017), Vol. 12, pp. 237-241, Social neuroscience, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Cathodal transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) to the right cerebellar hemisphere affects motor adaptation during gait

L Fernandez, N Albein-Urios, M Kirkovski, J McGinley, A Murphy, C Hyde, M Stokes, N Rinehart, P Enticott

(2017), Vol. 16, pp. 168-177, Cerebellum, New York, N.Y., C1

journal article
2016

Atypical Neural Activity in Males But Not Females with Autism Spectrum Disorder

M Kirkovski, P Enticott, M Hughes, S Rossell, P Fitzgerald

(2016), Vol. 46, pp. 954-963, Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, United States, C1

journal article

Emotion processing fails to modulate putative mirror neuron response to trained visuomotor associations

B Fitzgibbon, M Kirkovski, A Fornito, B Paton, P Fitzgerald, P Enticott

(2016), Vol. 84, pp. 7-13, Neuropsychologia, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Single Pulse Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation-Electroencephalogram Reveals No Electrophysiological Abnormality in Adults with High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder

M Kirkovski, N Rogasch, T Saeki, B Fitzgibbon, P Enticott, P Fitzgerald

(2016), Vol. 26, pp. 606-616, Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology, United States, C1

journal article
2015

Context sensitivity in action decreases along the autism spectrum: a predictive processing perspective

C Palmer, B Paton, M Kirkovski, P Enticott, J Hohwy

(2015), Vol. 282, pp. 1-9, Proceedings. Biological sciences, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Diffusion tensor imaging reveals no white matter impairments among adults with autism spectrum disorder

M Kirkovski, P Enticott, J Maller, S Rossell, P Fitzgerald

(2015), Vol. 233, pp. 64-72, Psychiatry research - neuroimaging, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

journal article
2013

A review of the role of female gender in autism spectrum disorders

M Kirkovski, P Enticott, P Fitzgerald

(2013), Vol. 43, pp. 2584-2603, Journal of autism and developmental disorders, New York, N. Y., C1-1

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Funded Projects at Deakin

No Funded Projects at Deakin found

Supervisions

Associate Supervisor
2021

Anna Ware

Thesis entitled: The Neural Substrates of Cognitive Control in Bilinguals

Doctor of Philosophy (Psychology), School of Psychology

2019

Michael Do

Thesis entitled: Multisite Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation: Safety, Feasibility, Tolerability, and Electro-Neurophysiology

Doctor of Philosophy (Psychology), School of Psychology

2017

Kirstyn Louise Paige Windsor

Thesis entitled: An Investigation of Social Cognition and Schizotypal Personality Traits Using Transcranial Alternating Current Stimulation

Doctor of Psychology (Clinical), School of Psychology

Peter Hugh Donaldson

Thesis entitled: Social cognition and transcranial stimulation of the temporoparietal junction

Doctor of Psychology (Clinical), School of Psychology