Neil Bailey

Senior Research Fellow
ANU College of Health and Medicine

Areas of expertise

  • Cognition 520401
  • Memory And Attention 520404
  • Learning, Motivation And Emotion 520403
  • Cognitive Neuroscience 520203
  • Psychophysiology 520206
  • Neurosciences 3209

Research interests

The effects of mindfulness on brain activity, cognition, and mental health.

Novel treatments for mental health conditions including depression, obsessive compulsive disorder and schizophrenia.

Non-invasive brain stimulation techniques.

The use of machine learning to predict responses to different mental health treatments.

Psychedelic assisted psychotherapy for mental health conditions.



Dr Neil Bailey is a Senior Research Fellow at ANU, and the Head of Data Science at the Monarch Mental Health Group. He has conducted over 70 studies that explore how mental health can be improved.

One major focus of Neil’s research is the examination of brain activity in individuals who practice mindfulness. The goal of his mindfulness research is to explain the mechanism of action by which meditation leads to improved mental health. His research also uses machine learning and electroencephalography (EEG) to assess measures of brain activity that predict who will respond to different treatments for depression. The goal of this research is to enhance the efficacy of current depression treatments. He has also published research examining how brain activity differs between typical depression and depression that commonly follows a traumatic brain injury, whether online mindfulness is effective at improving mental health, and a range of different brain stimulation treatments for depression, schizophrenia, obsessive compulsive disorder, and Alzheimer’s disease.

He has published several book chapters, an industry commissioned evidence-based guidelines document for the application of mindfulness in schools, and has been cited almost 2000 times.


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