DR Tamsyn van Rheenen

DR Tamsyn van Rheenen


  • Bipolar disorder, Psychosis, Emotion Processing, Cognition, Neuropsychology, Neuroimaging, brain-behaviour relationships



  • Dr Tamsyn Van Rheenen is an NHMRC Peter Doherty Biomedical Research Fellow working in the area of cognitive neuropsychiatry. Her current research interests include the use of neuropsychological and neuroimaging techniques to study the brain and behaviour in bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.   


Member of

  • International Society of Bipolar Disorders. Member 2017 -
  • Schizophrenia International Research Society. Member 2016 -
  • Australian Psychological Society. Member, Australian Psychological Society 2015 -
  • Australasian Society of Bipolar and Depressive Disorders. Co-Chair, Early-Mid Career Researcher Sub-committee 2014 -
  • Society of Mental Health Research. Member, Society of Mental Health Research 2010 -
  • Australasian Society of Cognitive Neuroscience. Executive Committee Member 2012 - 2016


Selected publications


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Education and training

  • PhD, Swinburne University of Technology 2014
  • BSocSci, Swinburne University of Technology 2010

Awards and honors

  • Club Melbourne Fellowship, 2018
  • Melbourne Medical School ECR Publication Prize, 2018
  • Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia Paul Bourke Award for Early Career Research, 2018
  • Association for Psychological Science 'Rising Star', 2017
  • Highly Commended, Discovery Award, Research Australia, 2017
  • Australian Institute of Policy and Science Young Tall Poppy Science Award, 2015
  • International Conference of Cognitive Neuroscience Student Travel Award, 2014
  • NHMRC Fellowship, 2014
  • Best PhD Thesis, School of Health Sciences, Swinburne University, 2014
  • Excellent PhD Thesis in Psychology, Australian Psychological Society, 2014
  • Australian Schizophrenia Conference Young Investigator Award for Excellence in Research., 2013
  • ASPR Schizophrenia Fellowship of NSW Trust Fund Bursary, ASPR, 2013
  • ASPR Mental Health Council of Australia’s ‘Grant in Aid’), 2011
  • APA, Swinburne University, 2009
  • Deans List for Academic Excellence, 2009


Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • I have several projects available that are focused on; 1) Understanding cognitive intra-individual variability on the schizophrenia-bipolar spectrum 2) Investigating the neural and cognitive profiles of visual vs. verbal hallucinators with refractory schizophrenia 3) Understanding environmental and developmental influences on refractory vs non-refractory schizophrenia 4) Understanding brain structural influences on component processes involved in verbal declarative memory in bipolar disorder. 5) Investigating structural covariance of the fronto-limbic circuit in bipolar disorder and understanding its relationship to illness duration. If you are interested in completing one of these or another related project, please email me (tamsyn.van@unimlb.edu.au) with your CV, academic transcript/results certificate and a sample of your writing.