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Dr Eric Tan

NHMRC Early Career Research Fellow


Dr Eric Tan is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Mental Health at Swinburne University. He completed his PhD at Monash University looking at the cognitive mechanisms of formal thought disorder and its impact on patient quality of life. His current projects focus on studying speech disturbances in relation to relapse in schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, semantic memory impairments, mechanisms of quality of life, cognitive remediation therapies and contributing factors to delusions.
His main research interests lie in unravelling neurocognitive difficulties in chronic illnesses (mental and physical) and how these contribute to patient functioning and life satisfaction. A particular interest is in furthering understanding the mechanisms of formal thought disorder and to develop better diagnostic techniques and applications for its measurement. He is also interested in memory, language, quality of life, cognitive therapies, diagnostic categories, and neurocognitive impairments in chronic kidney disease. 

Research interests

Clinical Psychology; Cognitive Psychology; Quality of Life; Language

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Co-Supervisor.


Available to supervise honours students.


  • 2019, Swinburne, Swinburne Research Conference ECR Presentation Award (Runner-up), Swinburne University of Technology
  • 2018, Swinburne, Dean's Award for Emerging Researcher, Swinburne University of Technology
  • 2018, International, 6th SIRS Conference Travel Award, Schizophrenia International Research Society
  • 2017, National, Peter Doherty Australian Biomedical Fellowship, National Health & Medical Research Council
  • 2017, Swinburne, CMH Conference ECR Presentation Award (1st runner-up), Swinburne University of Technology
  • 2013, National, Young Investigator Award for Excellence in Research, Australasian Schizophrenia Conference
  • 2013, National, Student Travel Award, Australasian Cognitive Neuroscience Society
  • 2010, Other, Faculty Postgraduate Research Scholarship (APA equivalent), Monash University


Also published as: Tan, Eric; Tan, E.; Tan, E. J.; Tan, Eric J.; Tan, Eric Josiah
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2021: Can quantitative speech analysis techniques be used to identify people with depression? *; Barbara Dicker Brain Science grant
  • 2020: Understanding the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on youth mental health *; Barbara Dicker Brain Science grant
  • 2019: Examining a new method for relapse prediction in schizophrenia and bipolar disorder *; Jack Brockhoff Foundation Fund Scheme
  • 2016: Investigating factors that influence the efficacy of cognitive remediation therapy inindividuals with schizophrenia *; Research Endowment Fund

* Chief Investigator

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