Neuro Mental Health – Dissanayaka Group
The Neuro Mental Health group focuses on understanding more about mental disorders associated with diseases of the nervous system. The lab’s special interests are Parkinson’s disease, chronic pain, anxiety, depression, cognitive dysfunction, apathy, sleep disorders, and behavioural addictions.
The lab’s work involves developing new diagnostic tools and therapeutic interventions. We use neuropsychological assessments, and neuroimaging (EEG and fMRI) techniques, and conduct clinical trials.
Remote delivery of personalised homebased psychotherapy using tele-health, e-health and m-health are another research focus. The IDATA-PD study is a recent collaborative initiative to improve diagnosis and treatment of anxiety in Parkinson’s disease, and has attracted more than $1.1million in competitive research funds.