Associate Professor, Monash University

Associate Professor Kate Hoy is an NHMRC Fellow and Clinical Neuropsychologist. She is Head of the Interventional Neuropsychology Research Program and Deputy Director of Therapeutic Brain Stimulation at Monash University.

With over 12 years experience in applied brain stimulation Kate’s research program is focused on developing novel biological treatments for cognitive disorders. She currently leads a number of world first clinical trials aimed at improving cognition in Alzheimer's, as well preventing dementia in people with mild cognitive impairment. Kate's team is also conducting research looking at cognitive impairment in schizophrenia, head injury and mild cognitive impairment, as well as investigating ways in which to optimise efficacy of prefrontal brain stimulation techniques. She has published over 90 scientific journal articles and received more than 3.8 million dollars in competitive funding. Kate has been awarded three sequential NHMRC Fellowships, an NHMRC excellence award (Top Ranked CDF) and a 2017 Victorian Telstra Business Women’s Award.

Kate is recognised as a leading brain stimulation researcher internationally. She is on the editorial board of Cortex, has given more than 40 invited presentations on cognition and brain stimulation (including keynote presentations), and is a founding executive member of the Australasian Brain Stimulation Society. In 2016 Kate also founded the initiative, a database website aimed at addressing the extreme gender imbalances at international brain stimulation conferences.

Kate is a passionate and active science advocate, particularly around issues of diversity and inclusion,equity and career sustainability. She is a former Deputy Chair of the Australian Academy of Science’s Early and Mid-Career Researchers forum, has been a returning mentor in the Global STEM Alliance initiative: 1000girls,1000futures and currently works with the Australian Academy of Science across a number of national diversity and inclusion initiatives.

Kate is also dedicated to communicating science to the public, not only her own research, but the importance and impact of science in general. She gives regular talks on her research to a range of audiences, she is active on twitter, has published articles in consumer targeted magazines (i.e. Link Disability Magazine, Australian Quarterly) and on the conversation website, and has been interviewed in the media on more than 30 occasions.


  • 2016–present
    Associate Professor (NHMRC CDF), Monash University
  • 2014–2016
    Senior Research Fellow , Monash University
  • 2009–2013
    Research Fellow (NHMRC ECF), Monash University
  • 2008–2008
    Research Fellow / Clinical Neuropsychologist, Monash University


  • 2007 
    Monash University, Doctor of Psychology (Clinical Neuropsychology)
  • 2003 
    Monash University, Bachelor of Behavioural Neuroscience (Honours).

Research Areas

  • Neurosciences (1109)
  • Psychiatry (Incl. Psychotherapy) (110319)
  • Biological Psychology (Neuropsychology, Psychopharmacology, Physiological Psychology) (170101)