PROF Mark Walterfang

PROF Mark Walterfang


  • Psychiatry, neuropsychiatry, schizophrenia, neurodegenerative disorders, white matter disease (Niemann-Pick type C disease)



  • Dr Mark Walterfang graduated in medicine from University of Queensland with honours in 1993, and completed his Fellowship of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists in 2000. From 2001-2002 he worked as a consultant psychiatrist at the Adult Mental Health Rehabilitation Unit at Sunshine Hospital, treating patients with poor-outcome psychiatric disorders, and worked as the Academic Fellow at the University of Melbourne Department of Psychiatry. From 2003-2005 he was appointed as Senior Research Fellow at the Mental Health Research Institute, involved in neuroimaging research as part of a Stanley Foundation Centre Grant, and from 2006 has been a research fellow at the Melbourne Neuropsychiatry Centre. Since 2003, he has worked as a consultant neuropsychiatrist at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, developing expertise in managing comorbid psychiatric and neurological disorders, neurodegenerative disorders, neurometabolic disorders and atypical dementias. He has also been involved in the unit's Deep Brain Stimulation Programme for treatment-resistant obsessive-compulsive disorder, and in the establishment of the Melbourne Young-Onset Dementia service. He manages a large cohort of adult patients with the rare neurometabolic disorder Niemann-Pick type C (NPC), and has undertaken the first group neuroimaging analyses in NPC adults that have shed light on the brain mechanisms underpinning their neurodegeneration, and provided promising in-vivo markers of illness progression and treatment response. Dr Walterfang has also been involved in the development in a number of clinical tools for use in psychiatric patients in the areas of cognition and behavioural observation, and their validation in a variety of medical, neurological and psychiatric settings since 2000. Dr Walterfang completed his PhD in the shape analysis of the corpus callosum in schizophrenia and related major psychiatric illness. He is undertaking further doctoral research involving the neuro   


Member of

  • Australian Neuroscience Society. Member of ANS 2012 -
  • Society for Neuroscience. Member of SFN 2012 -
  • Biological Psychiatry Australia. Member of BPA 2011 -
  • ISTAART. International Society to Advance Alzheimer's Research and Treatment 2010 -
  • International Neuropsychiatric Association. Member 2004 -
  • Section of Neuropsychiatry, RANZCP. Member 2004 -
  • Australasian Society of Psychiatric Research. Member 2002 -


Selected publications



Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 2010
  • MBBS Hons, The University of Queensland 1993

Awards and honors

  • Royal Melbourne Research Medal, 2016
  • Dean of Medicine's Prize for Excellence in the PhD Thesis, University of Melbourne, 2012
  • A/Prof Walterfang was awarded the Vice Chancellor's Prize for Excellence in the PhD Thesis, one of only 6 winners out of 542 theses submitted in 2010., Vice Chancellor's Prize for Excellence in the PhD Thesis, University of Melbourne, 2011
  • Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, 2000



Available for supervision

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