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Monika is a postdoctoral researcher at the Centre for Adolescent Health and Centre of Research Excellence (Driving global investment in adolescent health) at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute.

Her primary areas of interest include the development of sleep and other health interventions for the prevention and early intervention of mental disorders, particularly during adolescence, the perinatal period, and in individuals with chronic pain and fatigue. She is also interested in the role of educational institutions and health care services in the implementation and dissemination of these interventions.

Monika's PhD research investigated whether a cognitive-behavioural therapy and mindfulness-based group sleep improvement intervention could prevent depression in adolescents who experience problems with sleep and anxiety (The SENSE Study) and was conducted with the ADAPT (Affective Development and Psychopathology Team) and Sleep Research laboratories at the University of Melbourne.

Monika is a registered psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia and is a member of the Australian Psychological Society.


  • 2020–present
    Honorary Research Fellow, Department of Paediatrics - University of Melbourne
  • 2019–present
    Senior Research Officer, Centre for Adolescent Health - Murdoch Children's Research Institute
  • 2019–present
    Clinical Research Assistant, Turner Institute for Brain and Mental Health (Sleep and Circadian Rhythms) - Monash University


  • 2019 
    University of Melbourne, MPsych (Clinical) / PhD
  • 2011 
    University of Melbourne , Bachelor of Arts - Psychology/Linguistics (Hons. Psych)