ARCADIA: Nutraceutical and Lifestyle Medicine Mental Health Research Group

Research Overview


Medical Supervisors

  • Dr Scott Blair-West
  • Dr Ranjit Menon
  • Dr Stuart Thomas

Research Assistants and Students

  • Lachlan Cribb
  • Laura Donnelly
  • Tanya Freijy
  • Amy Froud
  • Oliver Homes
  • Dr Tammie Money
  • Patricia McDonald
  • Sonia Nazareth
  • Karen Savage



Professor Con Stough (Swinburne University)
Professor Andrew Scholey (Swinburne University)
Professor Michael Berk (Deakin University)
Professor Gerard Byrne (University of Queensland)
Associate Professor Felice Jacka (Deakin University)
Dr Chad Bousman (University of Melbourne)
Professor Susan Rossel (Swinburne University)
Professor Jon Adams (UTS)
Dr Jon Wardle (UTS)
Professor David Castle (University of Melbourne)
Dr David Camfield (University of Wollongong)
Associate Professor Andrew Pipingas (Swinburne University)
Dr Chao Suo (Monash University)
Erica McInyre (Charles Sturt University)
Ashley Dowell (Southern Cross University)
Peter Mouatt (Southern Cross University)
Prof Greg Murray (Swinburne University)
Dr Amie Steel (UTS)


Associate Professor David Mischoulon (Harvard Medical School; USA)
Professor Julia Rucklidge (University of Canterbury; NewZealand)
Dr Daisuke Nishi (National Centre of Neurology and Psychiatry; Japan)
Professor Kuan-Pin Su (China Medical University; Taiwan)
Dr James Lake (Staford University; USA)
Professor Rolf Teschke (Goethe University, Germany)
Professor Maurizio Fava (Harvard Medical School, USA)


International Society of Nutritional Psychiatric Research
International Network of International Mental Health


Notable collaborative NHMRC-funded grants totalling $6.3m in collaborative competitive and industry funding:

  • NHMRC Project Grant  APP 1104460 (2016): N-acetyl cysteine for the treatment of OCD: 24 double-blind RCT
  • NHMRC Project Grant APP1063383 (2014): Kava in the Treatment of Generalized Anxiety Disorder: A 16 week RCT
  • NHMRC Project Grant APP1048222 (2012): The Efficacy of S-Adenosyl Methionine (SAMe) and a Combination
  • Nutraceutical as Adjunctive Treatments in Depression
    NHMRC Project Grant APP1098442 (2016): N-acetyl cysteine In Schizophrenia Resistant To Clozapine: A Double-Blind Randomised Placebo-Controlled Trial Targeting Negative Symptoms

Research Opportunities

This research project is available to PhD students to join as part of their thesis.
Please contact the Research Group Leader to discuss your options.

Research Publications

Sarris J, Murphy J, Mischoulon D, Papakostas GI, Fava M, Berk M, Ng C (2016). Adjunctive Nutraceuticals in the Treatment of Depression: A Systematic Review and Meta-analyses. American Journal of Psychiatry (in press).

Sarris J, Logan, A, Akbaraly T, Amminger GP, Balanzá-Martínez V, Freeman MP,  Hibbeln J, Matsuoka Y, Mischoulon, D, Mizoue T, Nanri A, Nishi D, Ramsey D, Rucklidge JJ, Sanchez-Villegas A, Scholey A, Su KP, Jacka FN (2015). Nutritional Medicine as Mainstream in Psychiatry. The Lancet Psychiatry 2(3): 271-274.

Sarris J, Logan, A, Akbaraly T, Amminger GP, Balanzá-Martínez V, Freeman MP,  Hibbeln J, Matsuoka Y, Mischoulon, D, Mizoue T, Nanri A, Nishi D, Ramsey D, Rucklidge JJ, Sanchez-Villegas A, Scholey A, Su KP, Jacka FN (2015). International Society for Nutritional Psychiatry Research consensus position statement: nutritional medicine in modern psychiatry. World Psychiatry 14(3): 370-371.

Sarris J, Oliver G, Camfield D, Dean O, Dowling N, Smith D, Murphy J, Menon R, Berk M, Blair-West S, Ng C (2015). N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC) in the Treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: A 16-week Double-blind, Randomised, Placebo-Controlled Study. CNS Drugs 29(9): 801-809.

Sarris J, Papakostas G, Vitolo O, Fava M, Mischoulon D (2014). S-Adenosyl Methionine (SAMe) versus Escitalopram and Placebo in Major Depression RCT: Efficacy and Effects of Histamine and Carnitine as Moderators of Response. Journal of Affective Disorders. 48(4-5): 141-144.

Sarris J, Stough C, Bousman CA, Wahid ZT, Murray G, Teschke R, Savage KM, Dowell A, Ng C, Schweitzer I (2013) Kava in the Treatment of Generalized Anxiety Disorder:  A Double-Blind, Randomized, Placebo-Controlled Study. Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology 33(5): 643-648.

Ng C, Bousman C, Smith DJ, Dowling N, Byron K, King J, Sarris J (2016). Prospective Study of serotonin and norepinephrine transporter genes and the Response to Desvenlafaxine over 8 Weeks in Major Depressive Disorder. Pharmacopsychiatry (Accepted).

Sarris J, O'Neil A, Coulson CE, Schweitzer I, Berk M (2014). Lifestyle medicine for depression." BMC Psychiatry 14: 107.

Sarris J, Glick R, Hoenders RJ, Duffy J, Lake J (2013) Integrative Mental Healthcare White Paper: Establishing a New Paradigm through Research, Education, and Clinical Guidelines. Advances in Integrative Medicine 1(1).

Sarris J, Panossian A, Schweitzer I, Stough C, Scholey A (2011). Herbal Medicine for the Treatment of Depression, Anxiety, and Insomnia: A Review of Psychopharmacology and Clinical Evidence. European Neuropsychopharmacology 21(12):841-60

Research Projects

Currently no project details available

Faculty Research Themes


School Research Themes

Neuroscience & Psychiatry

Key Contact

For further information about this research, please contact Dr Jerome Sarris

Department / Centre