Emiliana Tonini

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I am a postdoctoral researcher working on sleep-wake cycles and circadian rhythms in the context of emerging mood disorders in adolescence at the Brain and Mind Centre, at the University of Sydney. Before joining BMC, I was working at Neuroscience Research Australia and have just been awarded a PhD in Neuroscience and Psychiatry from the University of New South Wales, in March 2023. During my doctorate, I investigated the associations between behavioural risks for psychosis and environmental risk factors (such as childhood trauma and socioeconomic disadvantage), genetic vulnerability for psychotic disorders, and brain functional correlates in a cohort of adults including individuals diagnosed with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Prior to this, I completed master’s degree in Neuroscience at the University of Geneva, in Switzerland, where I worked on a project focusing on the development of brain structures in relation to adolescence mental health.


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Here comes the sun: associations between daily light exposure and psychiatric disorders


Emiliana Tonini summarises a large-scale cross-sectional study, which suggests that encouraging individuals to increase their exposure to bright natural light during the day and minimise exposure to artificial light at night may help with our mental health.

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Mental health service pathways for children and adolescents with depression: do we have the data?


In her debut blog, Emiliana Tonini summarises a recent study exploring the healthcare pathways of children and adolescents seeking support for depression, from referral through to discharge.

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