PhD Top-Up Scholarship for The Potential of Exercise to Treat Addictions and OCD Monash University

PhD Top-Up Scholarship: The Potential of Exercise to Treat Addictions and OCD


The Opportunity


Announcing an opportunity for a PhD student to work with individuals on how physical exercise is known to modulate cognitive processing and stimulate neuronal health and neuroplasticity through the release of various neurotrophins. By bolstering the integrity of both grey and white matter, exercise can promote overall brain health and mental health, which is not only important for enhancing cognitive capacities but also for combating harm from a variety of sources. There is also growing interest in emotional influences on cognition, their role in psychopathology, how they can best be measured, and techniques that can modulate them.


This PhD will focus on a subset of cognitive process (to be determined by the student), their neurophysiological underpinnings and role in compulsive behaviours (including addictions and obsessive-compulsive disorder), and whether they can be modulated by physical exercise. The successful candidate will be supervised by Professor Murat Yücel and Dr Rebecca Segrave. They will join a world-leading research group with expertise in addictions and OCD, development of novel cognitive testing tools, and running innovative clinical trials. The PhD candidate will have the oppourtunity to develop skills in each of these areas.


A scholarship top-up opportunity of $6,000 per year, for three years, will be available for outstanding candidates who have met the academic requirements and have been successful at a competitive scholarship.


Please include:

• a cover letter with a brief outline (1 page) of your interests and suitability for the research

• a curriculum vitae including academic transcript(s) and any published works

• names and contact details of 2 academic referees.



Professor Murat Yucel


Tel: 03 9905 9322


Closing Date

Sunday 31 December 2017, 11.55pm AEST

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