Olivia is an Associate Professor and ARC Future Fellow at the University of Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences. Her work focuses on understanding how the brain’s natural chemicals control complex behaviours, thoughts and perceptions.
In addition to understanding the neurobiology underlying these complex process, Olivia is interested in the neuroethical issues associated with advances in neuroscientific knowledge and drug/technology development more generally.
She completed a PhD in Neuroscience at the University of Queensland involving a series of experiments conducted in Switzerland looking at the effects of psilocybin on healthy volunteers. She then worked for three years at Harvard University as a research fellow in the Vision Sciences Laboratory conducting research, using brain imaging and psychophysical methods to investigate perception.
More recently, Olivia has conducted a number of studies looking at the efficacy of brain stimulation technologies, and has published some high-profile papers raising concerns about the widespread use of this technology in the absence of appropriate regulation and public education.