Exterminating misconceptions about high-prevalence psychopathology and mindfulness since 2017

Dr. Nicholas Van Dam

Lab Director  

Graduate Students

Kiran Sutcliffe

PhD Student in Psychology  

I completed both my Bachelor of Science and Honours degree in Psychology at the University of Melbourne. I’m interested in researching decision making and learning processes, particularly in the context of depression and anxiety. My PhD research will focus on decision-making and learning across anxiety and depression with the DALEC Lab in collaboration with the Decision Neuroscience Lab (A/Prof Stefan Bode). 

Andrea Putica

PhD Student in Psychiatry  

Primary Supervisor: Prof Meaghan O'Donnell 


I am a clinical psychologist and, as such, I am very interested mechanisms of change and treatment resistance in psychological treatments. My PhD is a collaboration with the DALEC Lab and Phoenix Australia – Centre for Post-traumatic Mental Health as part of the Intervention to Manage PTSD, Adjustment Disorder and Comorbidity after Trauma (IMPACT) randomised controlled trial. Specifically, my research explores the impact of alexithymia and related emotion deficits on emotional processing in trauma-focused treatments for PTSD. 

Toby Woods

PhD Student in Psychology

Primary Supervisor: A/Prof Olivia Carter


Prior to commencing his psychology studies, Toby completed Bachelors of Commerce and Law (Honours) at The University of Melbourne, and worked in legal practice. He is a PhD student whose work involves examining contemplative practices from a cognitive neuroscience perspective. He is also interested in clinical implications of contemplative practices, and new opportunities that they present. He is working with Nicholas on two projects in this area.

Dylan Hammond

 M.Psych Student in Clinical Psychology 

Dylan is a 2nd year Master's of Clinical Psychology student. His thesis was focused on how voltaliity of reinforcement may interact with symptoms of anxiety and depression to impact learning with socio-affective feedback. 

Bibiana Tan

 M.Psych Student in Clinical Psychology 

Bibiana is a 2nd year Master's of Clinical Psychology student. Her thesis was focused on exploring the value of individual time-variation in longitudinal symptom presentations among those with anxiety and depression; with the goal of examining how individual-level data can inform beyond group-level statistics. 

Brianna Hollis

 M.Psych Student in Clinical Neuropsychology 

 I am a 2nd year of Masters of Clinical Neuropsychology student, investigating the dose-response relationship of mindfulness meditation on executive control, attention and affective processes.

Honours Students, Research Assistants, & Volunteers

Jian Hao Koh

 Honours Student 

in Psychology 

Jian Hao is doing his honours in Psychology, examining decision-making processes under varying reward/loss and risk/ambiguity scenarios. 

Stephanie Padmanabham

Honours Student

in Psychology

Stephanie is doing her honours in Psychology, examining the factor stucture of the Balanced Inventory of Mindfulness-related Skills (BIMS). 

Georgina Costello

Research Assistant

Holding a Bachelor in Health Science, Georgina is currently completing her Graduate Diploma in Psychology at the University of Melbourne. Her interests include anxiety and depression, neurobiology, and neuroimaging. In her downtime away from spreadsheets, she enjoys playing guitar, and conducting her own research into how much English breakfast tea a person can drink (n = 1).


Juan Pablo Morales Sepulveda

Visiting PhD Student

Juan Pablo is a PhD student in Neuroscience at Pontifica Universidad Catolica in Chile, working with Prof. Eugenio Rodríguez Balboa. He was a visiting scholar in the DALEC Lab during 2017-2018.  

Zoe Stout

PhD Student (Hofstra University)

Zoe completed her BA, at George Washington University, and her MA, at New York University, in Psychology. Her primary research focus has been investigating the interrelated nature of rumination, worry, and repetitive negative thinking with the goal creating a more accurate assessment tool to measure the three constructs concurrently. She plants to expand upon this research when during her PhD in Clinical Psychology at Hofstra University.  

Zarina Bilgrami

Research Assistant at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai 

Zarina completed her bachelor's degree in Psychology and Political Science at Barnard College of Columbia University. She is currently working at as a Clinical Research Coordinator with Cheryl Corcoran at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City.

Graciela Espírito Santo

Volunteer Research Assitant

Grace completed a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Psychology and Health Behavior at the Catholic University of Pelotas in Brazil.  

Alex Burger

Research Assistant

Alex is a Graduate Diploma student in Psychology. Prior to starting his Grad Dip, Alex completed an undegraduate degree with honours in mechaniacl engineering and worked for a number of years as an engineer. 

Haisu Sun 

Research Assistant

Haisu is currently completing a PhD in Psychology with Dr. Luke Smilie at the University of Melbourne. She is working in the DALEC lab on exploring dynamic changes in anxiety and depression symptoms over time.

Former Students

Rachel Di Lallo

 Honours Student 

in Psychology 

Rachel completed her Honours in Psychology in 2018, using a data-driven approach to explore dimensional symptoms of anxiety and depression. 

Sasha Malignaggi

Honours Student

in Psychology

Sasha completed my Honours in psychology at the University of Melbourne in 2018, during which she investigated substance use patterns among help-seeking young people. She is currently working in mental health care with the intention of studying a Master of Clinical Psychology in the future.

Winky Wing Kay Lee

Honours Student 

in Psychology

Winky completed her Honours in Psychology in 2018, co-supervised by A/Prof Amy Performs, exploring black swan decision-making. 

At least 50% of the science herein will be wrong in 5 years. It's not that I'm a pessimist, that's just how science works.

Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences, University of Melbourne

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