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Prof Peter Enticott



Pro Vice-Chancellor, Research Planning and Governance


Research and Innovation


Office of DVC Research & Innov


Melbourne Burwood Campus


Doctor of Philosophy, Monash University, 2006
Bachelor of Applied Science (Psychology), Deakin University, 2001


Prof. Peter Enticott is Pro Vice-Chancellor, Research Planning and Governance in the Research and Innovation Portfolio, Deakin University. Within his division, Peter has oversight of several key research functions, including strategy, ethics and integrity, research systems, research infrastructure, and research performance.

Peter is also Professor of Psychology (Cognitive Neuroscience) in the School of Psychology. He leads the Social and Affective Neuroscience lab in the Cognitive Neuroscience Unit (CNU) and co-leads the Neurosciences Innovative Hub in the Centre for Social and Early Emotional Development (SEED). Peter is also a registered psychologist.

Peter’s research work examines the neurobiological basis of autism spectrum disorder. Peter is also interested in the way that the human brain allows us to understand other’s thoughts and emotions (e.g., empathy), and the development of these brain systems in childhood.

Peter uses a combination of cutting-edge neuroscience techniques (e.g., functional neuroimaging, electroencephalography, non-invasive brain stimulation) and clinical/neurobehavioural assessment among both healthy and clinical populations. Peter is also committed to the translation of this work to the development of a first biomedical intervention for ASD, and a large part of his research involves world-first clinical trials assessing whether non-invasive brain stimulation (e.g., transcranial magnetic stimulation [TMS], transcranial direct current stimulation [tDCS]) can be used to improve both clinical and neurophysiological aspects of ASD. Peter currently leads a large multisite trial of TMS for ASD that is funded by the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF).

In 2006 Peter completed a PhD at Monash University, where he examined neuropsychological factors associated with impulsivity and aggression among violent offenders. Prior to this he completed his undergraduate studies in psychology at Deakin University.

Peter has worked in autism and cognitive neuroscience research since 2001 and has published over 200 scientific articles. Peter has received funding from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), Australian Research Council (ARC), and the Brain and Behaviour Research Foundation (US).

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Research interests

Cognitive neuroscience, autism spectrum disorder, development, social cognition, emotion, empathy, non-invasive brain stimulation, neuroimaging, neurophysiology.

Teaching interests

Cognitive Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience, Developmental Psychology, Psychopathology.

Knowledge areas

Cognitive neuroscience, social cognition, development, emotion, empathy, autism spectrum disorder, schizophrenia, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), electromyography (EMG), electroencephalography (EEG), functional neuroimaging.

Research groups

Cognitive Neuroscience Unit (CNU), Centre for Social and Early Emotional Development (SEED).


2013 Young Scientists’ Award, World Federation of Societies of Biological Psychiatry

2012 Young Tall Poppy Science Award, Australian Institute of Policy & Science

2010 Rising Research Star Award, Monash University School of Psychology & Psychiatry

2003 Monash University Faculty of Medicine Postgraduate Excellence Award

2000 Australian Psychological Society Prize (Deakin)


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Funded Projects at Deakin

Australian Competitive Grants

Exploring the neuropathophysiology of autism spectrum disorders

Prof Peter Enticott

NHMRC CDF - Career Development Fellowship

  • 2017: $44,895
  • 2016: $106,261
  • 2015: $104,794
  • 2014: $114,750

When should we stop trusting the senses? Perceptual decision making under ambiguity

A/Prof Jacob Hohwy, Prof Peter Enticott

ARC - Discovery Projects

  • 2014: $38,831

The development of the social brain in early childhood

Prof Peter Enticott

ARC Fellowships - Future Fellowships

  • 2020: $128,249
  • 2019: $250,896
  • 2018: $244,646
  • 2017: $356,946

Intergenerational determinants of child development on school entry

Prof Craig Olsson, Prof Ann Sanson, Prof Peter Enticott, Prof Jennifer Mcintosh, Asst/Prof Martin Guhn, A/Prof Jacqui Macdonald

ARC - Discovery Projects

  • 2022: $119,007
  • 2021: $75,562
  • 2020: $102,668

Does repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS), compared to sham rTMS, improve social communication in adolescents and young adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD)?

Prof Peter Enticott, Dr Paul Fitzgerald, A/Prof Karen Barlow, Prof Ian Hickie, Dr Melissa Licari, Dr Nigel Rogasch, Prof Christel Middeldorp, Dr Scott Clark, Dr Ann-Maree Vallence, Dr Kelsie Boulton

MRFF - Clinical Trials Activity - Neurological Disorders Grant

  • 2020: $1,407,055

Drivers of ageing and adaptive ageing in middle-aged and older adults.

Prof Craig Olsson, Prof Timothy Slade, A/Prof Joanne Ryan, Prof Peter Butterworth, Dr Viviana Wuthrich, Prof Robert Hancox, Dr Primrose Letcher, Dr Christopher Greenwood, Prof Peter Enticott

ARC - Discovery Projects

  • 2024: $67,586

Other Public Sector Funding

The ASPIRE program: ASsess, Predict, and InteRvEne: improving mental health outcomes following traumatic brain injury in victims of physical assault

Prof Karen Caeyenberghs, Prof Michael Berk, Prof Peter Enticott

VESKI Near-Miss Award Pilot

  • 2023: $39,000
  • 2022: $35,000

Industry and Other Funding

Comparing the effect of non-invasive brain stimulation on different brain regions for reducing social symptoms in autism spectrum disorder

Prof Peter Enticott

NARSAD - Independent Investigator Award

  • 2019: $37,473
  • 2018: $32,786
  • 2017: $32,458
  • 2016: $32,230

Getting children moving: An evaluation of the effectiveness of the Joy of Moving program in Australian primary school aged children

Prof Nicole Rinehart, Prof Jane McGillivray, Prof Peter Enticott, Prof David Austin, Ms Nicole Papadopoulos, A/Prof Jarrad Lum, A/Prof Christian Hyde

Ferrero Australia

  • 2021: $100,000
  • 2020: $200,000
  • 2019: $200,000
  • 2018: $100,000
  • 2017: $280,000

Architecture with feeling: Measuring emotional response to the built environment

Prof Richard Tucker, Prof Peter Enticott, Ms Isabella Simone Bower

Creative Futures Pty Ltd

  • 2019: $5,000

Does childhood white matter microstructure predict internalising problems in adolescents with ADHD?

A/Prof Christian Hyde, Prof Stewart Mostofsky, Prof Peter Enticott, Prof Nicole Rinehart, A/Prof Tim Silk, A/Prof Keri Rosch, Dr Ian Fuelscher

Waterloo Foundation - Child Development

  • 2021: $81,859

How to improve attitudes towards female leadership in AFLW.

Prof Peter Enticott, Dr Gillian Clark, Miss Felicity Bigelow

Neuro-Insight Pty Ltd

  • 2021: $9,000

The effect of multi-day continuous theta-burst stimulation on symptoms of cervical dystonia

Dr Daniel Corp, Prof Peter Enticott, Miss Jordan Morrison-Ham

Dystonia Coalition Pilot Projects Program, Dystonia Network of Australia Inc PhD Top Up Grant

  • 2023: $5,000
  • 2022: $72,946

Using EEG to predict treatment outcomes of a combined action observation and motor imagery intervention in children with motor and attentional deficits: a multinational study

Dr Pam Barhoun, A/Prof Christian Hyde, Dr David Wright, Dr Daniel Eaves, Prof Paul Holmes, A/Prof Jarrad Lum, Dr Ian Fuelscher, Prof Peter Enticott, Dr Jacqueline Williams, Prof Jeremy Parr

Waterloo Foundation - Child Development

  • 2023: $61,718

Other Funding Sources

Coils for Magventure transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) device - Peter Enticott

Prof Peter Enticott

NHMRC - Equipment Grant - Not R&D income countable (2017-current)

  • 2021: $14,918


Principal Supervisor

Laerke Mygind Gronfeldt

Thesis entitled: From Neighbourhoods to Neurons: Nature Availability and Childhood Socioemotional Development

Doctor of Philosophy (Joint, Uni of Copenhagen), School of Psychology


Lara Fernandez

Thesis entitled: Non-invasive cerebellar stimulation and cerebellar involvement in neurodevelopmental disorders

Doctor of Philosophy (Psychology), School of Psychology

Felicity Bigelow

Thesis entitled: Social Cognitive Development: An Investigation of Language, Empathy, and Reasoning

Doctor of Philosophy (Psychology), School of Psychology


Claire McNeel

Thesis entitled: Exploring vicarious cortical activity through context, prediction, and action-preparation

Doctor of Philosophy (Psychology), School of Psychology

Jed Burgess

Thesis entitled: Performing action inside-out: investigating auditory-motor resonance via internal motor control structures and sensorimotor training

Doctor of Philosophy (Psychology), School of Psychology

Soukayna Bekkali

Thesis entitled: The Human Mirror Neuron System and Empathy: A Multimodal Investigation

Doctor of Philosophy (Psychology), School of Psychology

Hannah Gabrielle Klye Bereznicki

Thesis entitled: Investigation of Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation Blinding for Cortical Stimulation

Doctor of Philosophy (Psychology), School of Psychology


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

Executive Supervisor

Isabella Simone Bower

Thesis entitled: Understanding the cognitive, emotional, and neurophysiological effects of built environments

Doctor of Philosophy (Psychology), School of Psychology


Dinisha Parmar

Thesis entitled: Safety and Efficacy of High-Definition Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation for Inflexibility in Autism Spectrum Disorder

Doctor of Psychology (Clinical), School of Psychology

Associate Supervisor

Andris Cerins

Thesis entitled: Neurophysiological Predictors of Variability in Response to Theta Burst Stimulation

Doctor of Philosophy (Psychology), School of Psychology


Michael Paul Barham

Thesis entitled: Does sleep enhance retention of an implicitly learnt motor sequence?

Doctor of Philosophy (Psychology), School of Psychology


Catherine Offer

Thesis entitled: Theta Burst Stimulation and Cognition in Ageing and Parkinson¿s Disease.

Doctor of Philosophy (Nutrition & Exercise) (High Cost), School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences

Kate Stephens

Thesis entitled: Neurobiological underpinnings of social and emotional functioning in comorbid attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and autism spectrum disorder

Doctor of Philosophy (Psychology), School of Psychology


Jason He

Thesis entitled: Motor Inhibition in Developmental Coordination Disorder

Doctor of Philosophy (Psychology), School of Psychology


Michael Do

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

Doctor of Philosophy (Psychology), School of Psychology


Ian Fuelscher

Thesis entitled: The Role of Internal Action Representations in Motor Development

Doctor of Philosophy (Psychology), School of Psychology