Associate Professor, Monash University

A/Prof Kate Hoy is an NHMRC Career Development Fellow and Clinical Neuropsychologist at MAPrc where she leads the Cognitive Therapeutics Group.

Kate’s research is focused on the development of novel biological treatments for cognitive impairment in both psychiatric and neurological illnesses. Specifically, her group investigates the cognitive and neurobiological effects of brain stimulation techniques such as transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS), transcranial Alternating Current Stimulation (tACS), transcranial Random Noise Stimulation (tRNS), Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), Theta-Burst Stimulation (TBS) and Magnetic Seizure Therapy (MST). She is currently conducting clinical trials aimed at improving cognition in schizophrenia, head injury and Alzheimer’s.

Kate has worked in brain stimulation research for more than 13 years, has published over 60 scientific articles and 2 book chapters, and received over 2.6 million dollars competitive funding. In 2014 she was awarded the NHMRC Excellence Award for the top ranked Career Development Fellowship - Biomedical Level 1.

Kate is currently a member of the Faculty of Medicine Research Committee, a past member of the Monash ECR network, was the inaugral ECR representative on the Monash Research Committee, and is a former Deputy Chair of the Australian Academy of Science EMCR Forum, an advocacy group for early to mid-career researchers.

She is also passionate about communicating science to the public, not only her own research, but the importance and impact of science in general. She is active on twitter, has published articles in consumer targeted magazines (i.e. Link Disability Magazine, Australian Quarterly) and on the conversation website. Kate was awarded a 2013 Victorian Tall Poppy Science Award in recognition of both her research excellence and commitment to science communication.


  • 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)