Advancing the psychological care of adults with MS

Milena Gandy

Dr Milena Gandy

Macquarie University

| Better treatments | Social And Applied Research | Fellowship | 2022 | Investigator Led Research |


Reduced mental health, including stress, anxiety and depression, and functional difficulties such as fatigue and cognition issues affect many people living with MS. However, access to effective psychological treatments is often challenging. 

This research study aims to increase access to psychological care by developing, evaluating and implementing psychological treatment programs for people with MS that can be delivered remotely. Several proof-of-concept clinical trials of this treatment approach have shown encouraging results.

The proposed study aims to take this research to the next phase and explore the effectiveness, acceptability and safety of this treatment approach in the real world, including when delivered via a hospital-based MS clinic. This will address current knowledge gaps and allow the development of new and effective treatments approaches for Australians with MS needing psychological care.

Updated: 14 February, 2022

Stages of the research process

Fundamental laboratory

Laboratory research that investigates scientific theories behind the possible causes, disease progression, ways to diagnose and better treat MS.

Lab to clinic timeline: 10+ years

Research that builds on fundamental scientific research to develop new therapies, medical procedures or diagnostics and advances it closer to the clinic.

Lab to clinic timeline: 5+ years
Clinical Studies
and Clinical Trials

Clinical research is the culmination of fundamental and translational research turning those research discoveries into treatments and interventions for people with MS.

Lab to clinic timeline: 1-5 years



Grant Awarded

  • Postdoctoral Fellowship

Total Funding

  • $225,000


  • 3 years

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Advancing the psychological care of adults with MS