BSc (Hons) (Monash); PhD (Monash)



Psychology
2021

Mark Bellgrove is Professor in Cognitive Neuroscience and Director of Research in the Turner Institute for Brain and Mental Health, School of Psychological Sciences, Monash University. Prof. Bellgrove is an international authority on the neurobiology of attention and attention deficit. His work seeks to understand attention at a systems level by interfacing studies of molecular genetics, pharmacology, animal models (primates, zebra fish), psychophysics and brain imaging (EEG, MRI, fMRI). He has made ground-breaking discoveries into the genetic and pharmacological modulation of attention and cognitive control in humans with direct implications for clinical disorders such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Most recently this culminated in an invited review at Neuron, one of the leading neuroscience journals, on the neuromodulation of attention across humans, primates and rodents.

He has published in the leading journals for psychology, psychiatry and neuroscience including Nature Neuroscience, Neuron, Current Biology, Molecular Psychiatry and Nature Human Behaviour. Prof Bellgrove has an H-index of 54 (Google Scholar) and >11,000 citations. He is a current NHMRC Senior Research Fellow (Level B) and has previously held both ARC and NHMRC Fellowships. He currently holds grant funding from a range of schemes including the ARC Discovery and Linkage Projects, 3 NHMRC Project Grants and a $2.5 million MRFF grant. Prof. Bellgrove has made important contributions to the disciplines of Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience.

As Director of Research at the Turner Institute he has carriage of research strategy including the development and implementation of the peer review programme for all fellowship and grant applications, as well as mentorship of academics from Levels A through E. He has built and facilitated international research networks across Europe (Donders Institute (Netherlands), Trinity College Institute for Neuroscience (Ireland); University of Birmingham (UK); Newcastle University (UK)), North America (University of Toronto) that have enhanced the career opportunities for researchers at the Turner Institute. His leadership of research at the Turner Institute has seen year-on-year increases in the amount of nationally competitive grant and fellowship funding awarded. Within his own lab he currently mentors 2 NHMRC fellows, 1 ARC Decra and 1 ARC Future Fellow. As Director of Research, he has directly mentored >20 researchers to fellowship success at both ARC and NHMRC.

In 2016 Prof Bellgrove founded the Australian ADHD Professionals Association (AADPA) which, with over 300 members, has grown to be the peak professional body for ADHD in Australia. Prof Bellgrove successfully negotiated with the Federal Department of Health for $1.5 million in grant funding for AADPA to advice the evidence-based diagnosis, treatment and management of ADHD in Australia. Prof Bellgrove is currently the Project Lead for the development of evidence-based national clinical guidelines for ADHD. In recognition of his outstanding reputation he was appointed Secretary General of the World ADHD Federation in 2018.

Professor, Monash University

President, Australian ADHD Professionals Association

Secretary General, World ADHD Federation

2021 Dean’s Award for Excellence in Postgraduate Supervision, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Monash University

2018 NHMRC Senior Research Fellowship B

2013 Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellowship Level 3

2010 Aubrey Lewis Award for Early Career Achievement, Biological Psychiatry, Australia

2009 NHMRC Career Development Awards Levels I and II

2009 Paul Bourke Award for Early Career Research, Academy of Social Sciences in Australia

2008 NARSAD, USA, Young Investigator Award

2005 NHMRC Howard Florey Centenary Fellowship

2005 CR Roper Fellowship, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, University of Melbourne

  1. Thiele, A & Bellgrove, M.A. (2018). Neuromodulation of Attention. Neuron, 97(4), 769-785.
  2. Brosnan, M., Sabaroedin, K., Silk, T., Genc, S., Newman, D., Loughnane, G., Fornito, A., Connell, R., Bellgrove, M., (2020). Evidence accumulation during perceptual decisions in humans varies as a function of dorsal fronto-partietal organisation. Nature Human Behaviour, 4(8), 844-855
  3. Stefanac, N., Zhou, S., Spencer-Smith, M., O'Connell, R., & Bellgrove, M. (2021). A Neural Index of Inefficient Evidence Accumulation in Dyslexia Underlying Slow Perceptual Decision Making. Cortex, 142, 122-137.
  4. Pugsley, K., Scherer, S.W., Bellgrove, M.A., & Hawi, Z. (2021). Environmental exposures associated with elevated risk for autism spectrum disorder may augment the burden of deleterious de novo mutations among probands. Molecular Psychiatry. doi: 10.1038/s41380-021-01142-w. Online ahead of print. Note: Bellgrove, M.A. & Hawi, Z. should be considered joint last author.
  5. Verdejo-Garcia, A., Tiego, J., Kakoschke, N., Moskovsky, N., Voigt, K., Anderson, A., Koutoulogenis, J., Lubman, D.I., & Bellgrove, M.A. (2021). A unified online test battery for cognitive impulsivity reveals relationships with real-world impulsive behaviours, Nature Human Behaviour. doi: 10.1038/s41562-021-01127-3. Online ahead of print.