The Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre (MAPrc) is part of the Department of Psychiatry, The Alfred and Central Clinical School, Monash University.
The centre was established in early 2002 with the appointment of Jayashri Kulkarni as Professor of Psychiatry at The Alfred and Monash University.
The core MAPrc team comprises our Director (Professor Jayashri Kulkarni), Deputy Director (Prof Paul Fitzgerald), Research Manager (Mr Anthony de Castella), Research Fellows, Medical Officer, Nurses, Clinical Research Assistants, and Postgraduate students. Overall, MAPrc consists of a multidisciplinary team of approximately 130 staff and students from medicine, nursing, allied health, science, psychology, and health information services.
MAPrc research is categorised into one of four key strategic research areas:
• Women’s Mental Health
• Psychiatric Neurotechnology
• Psychiatric Service Research
Staff at MAPrc are developing innovative, new applications and treatments for severe mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, bipolar affective disorder and depression - drawing upon novel technological advances, alliances with other disciplines, and fostering a ‘new thinking' approach to improve current treatment options for consumers of psychiatry.
Investigative and observational studies aim to elucidate the aetiology and epidemiology of mental illness, with the hope that such information may improve the quality of life of those with these conditions as well as to add to the growing body of knowledge of psychiatry, psychology, neuro-cognition and other such areas.
Another key role of MAPrc is to deliver high calibre education, both formally and informally to tertiary students from a variety of disciplines, and to provide training and supervision opportunities.
In supplying such services, MAPrc can disseminate research outcomes and philosophy to a wider community, whilst student wisdom, questioning and enthusiasm ensures staff are positively challenged and stimulated, and up-to-date with learning and development within and beyond their area of specialisation.
MAPrc continues to produce research results that are recognised nationally and internationally.
For more information on current research programs, please contact our reception on 03 9076 6564 or email email@example.com