Professor Colleen Loo
Professorial Fellow at Black Dog Institute
Professor Colleen Loo, School of Psychiatry, UNSW Sydney and Professorial Fellow, Black Dog Institute, is a psychiatrist and clinical academic based at the Black Dog Institute. She is also Medical Director of Neurostimulation and Interventional Psychiatry at Northside St Leonards Ramsay Hospital.
Professor Loo is an active clinician and researcher, with a particular interest in novel non-invasive brain stimulation techniques that offer exciting new potential to probe the neurobiology of psychiatric disorders, as well as possible new avenues for treating psychiatric disorders. She established the first randomised controlled trials of TMS, tDCS and ketamine in psychiatry in Australia.
Her research aims to improve treatment approaches in ECT, this includes: developing ultrabrief pulse width ECT, a new form of ECT with minimal cognitive effects; exploring and developing novel brain stimulation treatments (e.g. tDCS, TMS) for depression, including depression in bipolar disorder; testing ketamine as a new, rapid-acting treatment for depression; and, testing the cognitive enhancing effects of brain stimulation.
Professor Loo is an international expert at novel non-invasive brain stimulation techniques such as TMS, ketamine, ECT
- Psychiatrist and clinical academic
- Mental ill-health
- Depression and/or anxiety