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
Professor Julie Pasco


Associate Professor
Dr Seetal Dodd
Felice Jacka
Associate Professor
Lana Williams
R.D. Wright Biomedical NHMRC Research Fellow
Dr Olivia Dean
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Dr Lesley Berk
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Dr Jo Dipnall 
Postdoctoral Research Fellow - Biostatistics
Dr Stella May Gwini 
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Dr Erin Hoare 
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Dr Kara Holloway
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Dr Sarah Hosking
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Natalie Hyde
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Dr Amy Loughman 
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Dr Wolfgang Marx 
Postdoctoral Research Fellow - Biostatistics
Dr Mohammadreza Mohebbi 
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Dr Lisa Olive 
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Dr Anu Ruusunen 
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Dr Tetyana Rocks 
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Dr Alyna Turner
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Dr Adam Walker 
Research Assistant
Caitlynn Ashton 
Research Assistant
Amelia Betson
Research Assistant
Catherine Helson 
Research Assistant
Margie Kent 
Research Assistant
Jenny Rapa 
Research Assistant
Amanda Stuart
Research Assistant
Aswathy Viswambharan

Administration staff

Communications Officer
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
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
Claire YoungOnline dietary intervention targeting gut health for the treatment of depression - a feasibility study
Mary Lou Chatterton
Cost-effectiveness evaluations of bipolar disorder and schizophrenia treatments supporting redesign of the Australian Mental Health System
Hajara AslamA randomised control study of A2 milk vs standard commercial dairy products in middle aged women
Sara CampolonghiExploring the perceived enablers and barriers for healthy food choices in parents
Bianca KavanaghPersonality disorder as a moderator of psychiatric clinical outcomes
Kara AndersonBone microindentation and fracture risk
Meghan HockeyThe relationship between dairy consumption and mood and cognition
Jessica DavisInterrelationships between the gut microbiome, sarcopenia and cognitive function in older adults
Dr Jessica GreenFaecal Microbiota Transplant as an adjunctive treatment for adults with major depressive disorder: A pilot randomised controlled study
Lauren AranciniPredictors of Successful Tobacco Smoking Cessation
Dr Bruno AugustiniAspirin for the Prevention of Depression in the Elderly: Data analysis of the ASPREE cohort
Michelle Manning-HutsonBest Practice Case Management in Compensable Injury
Gina Howland

The relative efficacy of a Mediterranean Diet-based nutritional intervention to conventional CBT psychological therapy for the treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder symptoms

Melissa LaneComparative analysis of changes to gut microbiota composition during and following two types of dietary programs for weight loss in adults