Professor Paul Fitzgerald


Professor Paul Fitzgerald



Professor Paul Fitzgerald is Deputy Director of MAPrc and Professor of Psychiatry at the Epworth Clinic / Epworth Health Care in Camberwell. He is a qualified psychiatrist, has a Masters of Psychological Medicine and research PhD.

Professor Fitzgerald runs a substantive research program across both MAPrc and Epworth Clinic with a team of over 40 researchers. We use brain stimulation and neuroimaging techniques including transcranial magnetic stimulation, functional and structural MRI, EEG and near infrared spectroscopy.

The primary focus of this program is on the development of new brain stimulation based treatments for psychiatric disorders. There is a special focus on severe or treatment resistant depression but treatments are also being investigated in other disorders including schizophrenia, obsessive- compulsive disorder, chronic pain, PTSD, Alzheimer’s disease and autism spectrum disorders. Researchers within the team have conducted over 15 clinical trials.

Treatments which have been developed or investigated within our research group include repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS), transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), transcranial alternating current stimulation (tACS), magnetic seizure therapy (MST) and deep brain stimulation (DBS).  This program of research includes developing and improving methods of treatment application and the conduct of clinical trials.

In support of the development of new treatments, our research is also focused on the conduct of investigative studies of brain function & dysfunction in these disorders. These studies aim to better characterise brain changes underlying the symptoms of psychiatric disorders to directly improve the application of novel therapies. These studies will hopefully also lead to the identification of biological markers or predictors of response to treatment.

In addition, our research group aims to develop and improve the devices used for characterising brain abnormalities or used in the application of brain stimulation. We work with a number of commercial partners and have developed designs for novel brain stimulation related devices which are currently under development.

Professor Fitzgerald has published over 380 papers in a range of peer reviewed journals. He has received project grant funding from the NHMRC, ARC as well as a number of US based and local funding organisations. He has been supported by three consecutive NHMRC Practitioner Fellowship awards.

Professor Fitzgerald is currently psychiatric deputy editor for the journal ‘Brain Stimulation’ and is on the Editorial Board of the ‘Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry’. He is currently a committee member for the Electroconvulsive Therapy and Neurostimulation Section with The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, and serves on the board of directors for Neurosciences Victoria. He is also a founder and the Medical Director of TMS Australia (  

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