Group Lead

Trevor Chong Dr Trevor Chong, BMedSc(Hons), MB,BS(Hons), PhD, FRACP Twitter @trevor_chong

Trevor is a neurologist and cognitive neuroscientist, who leads the Cognitive Neurology Laboratory at Monash University. He completed his undergraduate research and medical degrees with Honours at Monash, before undertaking doctoral training at the University of Melbourne and MIT. Upon being admitted to Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, he was awarded an NHMRC Neil Hamilton Fairley Early Career Fellowship, which he took to Oxford. He is currently a Senior Research Fellow and Australian Research Council DECRA Fellow at Monash, and consults at St Vincent's Hospital and Alfred Health in Melbourne.

Current Members

Kelly Atkins Kelly Atkins, Doctor of Psychology Candidate (associate supervisor)

Kelly is currently completing the Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Neuropsychology program at Monash University. In 2014, she completed her Bachelor of Psychology (with Honours) at Monash, and has worked as a clinical research assistant at St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne, assessing cognition after anaesthesia in the elderly. Kelly's current research focuses on the behavioural expression of apathy in Huntington's disease, and how this translates to cognitive functioning and community-based physical activity.
Patrick Cooper Patrick Cooper, BPsych(Hons), PhD., Post-Doctoral Research Fellow Twitter @neurocoops

Patrick received a Bachelor of Psychology with First Class Honours from The University of Newcastle in 2012 before completing his PhD in 2017. In 2016, he undertook a joint research stay at the University of the Balearic Islands in Spain and the University of Cambridge, UK to develop novel EEG analyses for patients with focal brain lesions. He has also developed brain-computer interfaces to allow people to play simple video games without their hands. He is currently a postdoctoral research fellow in the Cognitive Neurology Laboratory using EEG and eye-tracking to understand the neural mechanisms of curiosity and information-seeking behaviour.
Dylan Curtin Dylan Curtin, PhD Candidate (associate supervisor)

Dylan's research is focusing on non-pharmacological treatments - specifically aerobic exercise and non-invasive brain stimulation - in managing non-motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.
Ariel Goh Ariel Goh, PhD Candidate

Ariel graduated with a BA with first class Honours in Psychology from the University of Melbourne. Her Honours thesis combined electroencephalography and systems factorial technology to investigate mental architectures in a complex visual search paradigm. Her current research seeks to understand information-seeking behaviour in humans, by using both functional magnetic resonance imaging and computational modelling techniques. Ariel's PhD is co-supervised by Dr Stefan Bode (Melbourne) and Dr Daniel Bennett (Princeton), and was supported by a scholarship from the Rebecca L Cooper Medical Research Foundation.
Huw Jarvis Huw Jarvis, PhD Candidate Twitter @huwbris

Huw received a BMedSc with first class Honours from the University of Tasmania in 2012, and a Masters of Public Health from the University of Melbourne in 2015. His Honours project investigated the role of neurofilament in resisting diffuse axonal injury. Huw’s interest in public health led him to roles in health policy, including internships at the Grattan Institute (Melbourne) and the World Health Organization headquarters (Geneva). He began his PhD after working in research translation and clinical guideline development at the NHMRC. His current research focuses on characterising the computational and neurobiological interactions between motivation and reinforcement learning. Huw's PhD has been supported by the Rebecca L Cooper Medical Research Foundation.
Mindaugas Jurgelis Mindaugas Jurgelis, PhD Candidate

Originally from Lithuania, Mindaugas moved to Melbourne after completing a BSc(Hons) in Psychology at Leiden University (The Netherlands), and a MSc in Psychological Research at the University of Oxford (United Kingdom), where he worked in Masud Husain’s Lab developing a computational model of subjective fatigue. Mindaugas' current research focuses on the biological mechanisms of fatigue and motivation. He is interested in understanding how the subjective experience of fatigue emerges; how physical and cognitive performance declines after prolonged exertion; and the mechanisms underlying pathological fatigue in neurological disorders, such as Parkinson’s Disease.
Julian Matthews Julian Matthews, PhD. Research Officer Twitter @quined_quales

Julian was awarded a PhD from Monash University in 2019. His interests lie at the intersection of cognitive neuroscience and philosophy of mind. Specifically, how we might understand the functions of human memory and consciousness through the scientific study of decision-making and perception. Julian is an advocate for Open Science and has written for several popular science outlets. He is currently a Research Officer in the Cognitive Neurology Laboratory and investigates higher cognitive functions including curiosity and memory.
Bridgitt Shea Alex Robinson, PhD Candidate (associate supervisor)

Alex's research focuses on identifying and treating decision-making deficits in methamphetamine use disorder.
Bridgitt Shea Bridgitt Shea, PhD Candidate

Bridgitt completed a Bachelor of Science with Honours at Monash University in 2017. Her Honours project investigated how neurophysiological signals of attention and evidence accumulation are modulated by the speed-accuracy trade-off. She began her PhD in 2018, which is focused on understanding neurochemical modulators of perceptual decision-making, using a combination of electrophysiology, genetics and pharmacological interventions. Bridgitt also hold the role of lab social secretary, with a respectful rate of successful outings currently at 95%.
Eleanor Taylor Eleanor Taylor, PhD Candidate (associate supervisor)

Elly's resarch focuses on understanding the benefits of aerobic exercise on the brain, particularly on dopamine transmission and learning.
Gazi Honours Presentations 2019
ACNS 2019 Lab BBQ 2019

Former Members

  • Virginia Klink, Honours (2020)
  • Magdalini Maligani, Honours (2020)
  • Emily Babbage, Honours (2019)
  • Amy Huynh, Honours (2019)
  • Veronica Mazur, Undergraduate (2019)
  • Shou-Han Zhou, Research Assistant (2017-18)
  • Erika Fortunato, Honours (2018)
  • Lauren Kalisch, Honours (2018)
  • Isabelle Stevenson, Honours (2018)
  • Wei Binh Chong, Masters of Biomedical Science (2018)
  • Sara McGuigan, Honours (2017)
  • Marion Aitchison, Masters of Research (2016)