NHMRC Project Grants

The Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences are delighted to congratulate Professor Kim Felmingham who is the recipient of an NHMRC Project Grant for her project titled ‘Improving outcomes from exposure therapy for PTSD with acute exercise:  Augmenting Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor as a mechanism of change?’.

Kim is Chair of Clinical Psychology Program and Director of the Trauma Anxiety and Stress (TAS) Lab. Kim’s project aims to identify ways in which we can improve treatment outcomes for people with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.  Currently, approximately 40% of patients with PTSD do not respond to our first-line treatment, exposure therapy.  This project tests if combining exposure therapy with acute exercise leads to better treatment outcomes for people with PTSD, and it tests possible mechanisms underlying this effect.

The School has also been successful in a Targeted Call for Research (TCR) applications as non-lead for dementia research to examine the efficacy of a befriending program in the elderly on depression (A/Prof Christina Bryant).

Professor Kim Felmingham