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Research interests

I am the Joint Chair in Mental Health for Bond University and Gold Coast University Hospital, and a senior staff specialist in psychiatry, working at the Gold Coast University Hospital as a consultation liaison psychiatrist. I am the Mental Health And Specialist Services Director Of Research, chair of the Gold Coast Hospital Mental Health And Specialist Services Research Committee and until 2016 was the deputy chair of the Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service Research Council.

From 2009 to 2016, I served as the Clinical Lead in Mental Health at the Griffith University School of Medicine, where I was involved with teaching, curriculum development, and examinations. During this time I received two Griffith University teaching awards.

I have been researching major depression since 2009, and have undertaken work mapping the network of physiological pathways in depression using a systems biology framework.I am also studying biomarkers in the context of major depression. My PhD was completed studying the impact of depression on heart rate variability in people with, and without, coronary heart disease.

I am now the principal investigator, or a co-investigator, on a number of research projects in this area. I am an Invited Expert on depression for the Global Burden Of Disease Project with the World Health Organisation since 2013.

Education/Academic qualification

School Of Applied Psychology, Doctor of Philosophy , Griffith University Queensland


Bachelor Of Medicine; Bachelor Of , University of Queensland


Bachelor Of Science, University of Queensland


External positions

Associate Professor, School of Medicine, Griffith University Queensland


Mental Health And Specialist Services Director Of Research, Gold Coast Hospital & Health Service

2015 → …

Staff Specialist in Psychiatry, Consultation Liaison Psychiatry, Gold Coast Hospital & Health Service

2015 → …

Examiner , The Royal Australian And New Zealand College Of Psychiatrists

2012 → …

Clinical Lead for Mental Health, Griffith University Queensland


Senior Lecturer, Griffith University Queensland


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Research Output 2011 2018

  • 20990 Citations
  • 9 h-Index
  • 13 Article
  • 6 Review article
  • 3 Commissioned report
  • 1 Scholarly edition
1 Citation (Scopus)
91 Downloads (Pure)

Early warning biomarkers in major depressive disorder: a strategic approach to a testing question

Pratt, R. & Stapelberg, N. J. C., 18 Aug 2018, In : Biomarkers. 23, 6, p. 563-572 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Major Depressive Disorder
Chaos theory
7 Citations (Scopus)
81 Downloads (Pure)

From feedback loop transitions to biomarkers in the psycho-immune-neuroendocrine network: Detecting the critical transition from health to major depression

Stapelberg, N. J. C., Pratt, R., Neumann, D. L., Shum, D. H. K., Brandis, S., Muthukkumarasamy, V., Stantic, B., Blumenstein, M. & Headrick, J. P., Jul 2018, In : Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews. 90, p. 1-15 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Health Transition
Major Depressive Disorder
3 Citations (Scopus)

The brain-adipocyte-gut network: Linking obesity and depression subtypes

Patist, C. M., Stapelberg, N. J. C., Du Toit, E. F. & Headrick, J. P., 15 Dec 2018, In : Cognitive, Affective and Behavioral Neuroscience. 18, 6, p. 1121-1144 24 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Major Depressive Disorder
5 Citations (Scopus)

The sensitivity of 38 heart rate variability measures to the addition of artifact in human and artificial 24-hr cardiac recordings

Stapelberg, N. J. C., Neumann, D. L., Shum, D. H. K., Mcconnell, H. & Hamilton-Craig, I., 1 Jan 2018, In : Annals of Noninvasive Electrocardiology. 23, 1, 12 p., e12483.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Heart Rate
Regression Analysis
1 Citation (Scopus)

Trends and repetition of non-fatal suicidal behaviour: Analyses of the Gold Coast University Hospital’s Emergency Department

Kõlves, K., Crompton, D., Turner, K., Stapelberg, N. J. C., Khan, A., Robinson, G. & de Leo, D., 1 Apr 2018, In : Australasian Psychiatry. 26, 2, p. 170-175 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Hospital Departments
Hospital Emergency Service
Confidence Intervals