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The Centre for Human Psychopharmacology conducts world-leading research embracing:

  • Cognition and mood enhancement focusing on the effects of natural substances
  • Pharmacological and nutraceutical treatments for neurocognitive ageing
  • Immediate and long-term effects of illicit and prescription drugs on neurocognition and applied behaviours such as driving


The CHP is a leading international centre researching the cognitive and mood effects of bioactive nutrients, pharmaceuticals, recreational drugs and dietary interventions. The Centre works closely with industry to allow rapid translation of research findings into evidence-based end-user benefits for cognitive health.

We have expertise in the following areas:

Professor Andrew Scholey talks about the Work of the CHP. Also available from Swinburne Research Profiles.

News and Events

  • CHP present at Mediterranean Diet symposium

    CHP PhD students Greg Kennedy and Roy Hardman along with Prof Andrew Scholey and A/Prof Andrew Pipingas presented their work on the cognitive health benefits of the Mediterranean Diet at a joint La Trobe-Swinburne symposium on 19 November. The event was attended by around 80 delegates.

  • Herb and spice study featured on Huffington Post

    Read the article featuring CHP Director Professor Andrew Scholey.