IHMRI affiliation

Theme:Mental health and the ageing brain

Research focus

Dr Bartschi’s research focuses on applying a biopsychosocial approach to psychological conditions, with a view of identifying potential treatment targets for novel therapeutics to improve quality of life. She currently leads two programs in this area; one examines the potential of cannabidiol (CBD) to act as a novel treatment for biopsychosocial changes in early-stage dementia, and the second examines biopsychosocial risk factors associated with overeating and chronic disease risk in depression.

Publications and funding


  • Brusadelli, E., Tedone, A., Galli, F., Vegni, E., Tomasich, A., Mills, J.G. & Borghi, L. (2021). Psychological determinants of smoking cessation behaviours post-group intervention: A grounded theory explanatory model of long-term outcomes. In press.
  • Hallinan, C., Eden, E., Graham, M, Greenwood, LM., Mills, J., Popat, A., Truong, L. & Bonomo, Y. (2021). Over the counter low-dose cannabidiol: A viewpoint from the ACRE Capacity Building Group. Journal of Psychopharmacology, 1-5. doi: 10.1177/02698811211035394.
  • Mills, J.G., Larkin, T.A., Deng, C. & Thomas, S.J. (2021). Cortisol in relation to problematic eating behaviours, adiposity and symptom profiles in Major Depressive Disorder. Comprehensive Psychoneuroendocrinology, 7, 100067. doi: 10.1016/j.cpnec.2021.100067.
  • Elgellaie, A., Larkin, T., Kaelle, J., Mills, J.G. & Thomas, S. (2021). Plasma prolactin is higher in Major Depressive Disorder and females, and associated with anxiety, hostility, somatization, psychotic symptoms and heart rate. Comprehensive Psychoneuroendocrinology, 100049. doi: 10.1016/j.cpnec.2021.100049.
  • Mills, J.G., Thomas, S.J., Larkin, T.A. & Deng, C. (2020). Overeating and food addiction in Major Depressive Disorder: Links to peripheral dopamine. Appetite, 148, 104586. doi: 10.1016/j.appet.2020.104586.
  • Mills, J.G., Larkin, T.A., Deng, C. & Thomas, S.J. (2019). Weight gain in Major Depressive Disorder: Linking appetite and disordered eating to leptin and ghrelin. Psychiatry Research, 279, 244-251. doi: 10.1016/j.psychres.2019.03.017
  • Mills, J.G., Thomas, S.J., Larkin, T.A., Pai, N.B. & Deng, C. (2018). Problematic eating behaviours, changes in appetite, and weight gain in Major Depressive Disorder: The role of leptin. Journal of Affective Disorders, 240, 137-145. doi: 10.1016/j.jad.2018.07.069
  • Camfield, D.A., Fontana, R., Wesnes, K.A., Mills, J. & Croft, R.J. (2017). Effects of aging and depression on mnemonic discrimination ability. Aging, Neuropsychology and Cognition, doi: 10.1080/13825585.2017.1325827
  • Camfield, D.A., Mills, J., Kornfeld, E.J. & Croft, R.J. (2016). Modulation of the N170 with classical conditioning: the use of emotional imagery and acoustic startle in healthy and depressed participants. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience (10), 337. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2016.00337


IHMRI research team

PhD candidates

Gabrielle Abbott Cognitive and neuroanatomical correlates of cannabis use disorder