Joshua Garfield

Dr Joshua Garfield

Research Fellow, Clinical and Social Research team, Turning Point and Monash University


Joshua has long had an interest in the interactions between drug use, the brain, and behaviour. He completed a bachelor of science with honours in psychology at the University of Tasmania in 2002, and then a PhD in behavioural neuroscience at the University of New South Wales in 2008, where he studied animal learning theory.

After a brief stint working in depression research after finishing his PhD, he moved to Melbourne in 2011 to work at Monash University, based at Turning Point.

Research interests

Since then he has been involved in managing several clinical research projects. These include:

  • a large study of the role of anhedonia in opioid dependence
  • a study of the effects of opioids on taste preferences
  • and several studies of computerised cognitive “brain-training” as a treatment for alcohol and methamphetamine use problems
  • a clinical trial of electronic nicotine vapourisers for tobacco smoking cessation.

More information

You can check out Joshua's publications at Google Scholar.