Professor Jim Lagopoulos is a world renowned neuroscientist and clinical researcher. He is most recognised for his brain imaging research across a range of neuropsychiatric conditions in both children and adults.
Protecting the health and wellbeing of adolescents is the focus of Dr Bridie Scott-Parker’s research, and the team she leads at the Adolescent Risk Research Unit (ARRU). They are currently working on interventions to develop smarter, safer young drivers.
USC PhD candidate Ben Isbel is working with Associate Professor of Neuropsychology and Mental Health Mathew Summers to find a drug-free treatment for dementia, comparing computer-based cognitive training with mindfulness training
Integrating mental health research, clinical services and teaching
The Sunshine Coast Mind and Neuroscience – Thompson Institute is developing into a world-class facility for mental health and neurological research, teaching and clinical services. The institute will enable USC to make a major contribution to the understanding, diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the brain and mind and be at the forefront of vital research for the Sunshine Coast in the areas of ageing, dementia and mental health issues relating to youth and adolescents.
Psychological services are available to adults, adolescents and children from age 6. The Psychology Clinic team are happy to provide assessments and recommendations in collaboration with GPs, clinicians and other therapists who may continue to work with the children, adolescents or adults who attend the clinic.
A range of psychological problems can be managed by the clinic team including depression, anxiety, grief, trauma and substance misuse. Learn more about the USC Psychology Clinic
The Sunshine Coast Mind and Neuroscience – Thompson Institute functions as an advanced teaching, training and research facility for postgraduate students (Provisional Psychologists) in the Master of Psychology (Clinical) and Master of Professional Psychology programs at USC. Through their training in the Psychology Clinic, Provisional Psychologists develop knowledge and skills necessary to work as professional clinical psychologists.
"Our clinics will provide services based on latest evidence," said Professor Jim Lagopoulos, Founder and Director, "and we will be educating the next generation of brain scientists and specialist doctors."
The Sunshine Coast Mind and Neuroscience – Thompson Institute will advocate for the wellbeing of vulnerable people, including those with mental health issues and their carers by establishing a unique, all-encompassing consumer centre that provides information and pathways to care for patients and carers. The consumer centre will also provide online resources for families and GPs, National youth programs and access to the latest electronic mind tools and resources.
The work conducted at the Thompson Institute is focused around four central themes: (i) The provision of clinical services, (ii) advocacy for patients and their carers, (iii) conducting ground breaking translational research and (iv) education and teaching. This unique integration of themes at the Thompson Institute has been designed to facilitate efficient and fast translation of research breakthroughs into clinical practice.
USC supporters named philanthropists of the year
Roy and Nola Thompson were named the Queensland Higher Education philanthropists of 2017 at the recent Queensland Community Foundation’s philanthropy awards in Brisbane.
Brain training boosts attention and mood of seniors
Preliminary findings from one of the first mental health research projects started at USC’s Thompson Institute has found that brain training can improve both attention and mood in older adults.
20 November 2016
Mental health clinics open to public at USC’s Thompson Institute
The University of the Sunshine Coast Psychology Clinic, which has assessed and treated members of the public for almost 10 years at its Sippy Downs campus, is now open at USC’s Thompson Institute at Birtinya.
26 May 2016
USC seeks healthy older adults for brain training
A search is underway for healthy adults aged over 60 to join a University of the Sunshine Coast research project to find a drug-free treatment for dementia – but there is a catch.
9 February 2016
Neurophysiologist leads USC’s new mind institute
A leading academic and medical specialist involved in world-renowned research and clinical practice has moved from Sydney to the University of the Sunshine Coast to lead its new multi-million-dollar facility focused on preventing, treating and curing mental illnesses.
3 August 2015
USC to establish Mind and Neuroscience Institute
The University of the Sunshine Coast has found a home for its planned Mind and Neuroscience Institute.