Dr Rohan Francis-Taylor
Senior Lecturer

Dr Rohan Francis-Taylor


B Lib Stu (Int), MBBS, PhD, FRANZCP, Cert Old Age Psych 


Medicine & Health
School of Clinical Medicine


Dr Rohan Francis-Taylor is a Psychiatrist, Senior Lecturer at the University of New South Wales & External Research Fellow at the Black Dog Institute.

Rohan completed a Bachelor of Liberal Studies (International) in 2006, and MBBS in 2010, at the University of Sydney. He is a Fellow of the Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, and has worked in both public and private mental health settings over the last decade. Rohan completed his PhD at UNSW in 2021, with his early research focused on the optimisation of neurostimulation treatments for depression. 

In 2022 Rohan he commenced a clinical academic position at UNSW focused on student mental health and wellbeing. Rohan provides clinical services to students in the UNSW health service, and is engaged in a range of research projects with the broad aim of enhancing university student mental health and wellbeing.

  • Journal articles | 2023
    2023, 'Clinician by day, filmmaker by night: The development of a consumer inspired educational electroconvulsive therapy video', Australasian Psychiatry, pp. 10398562231158920, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/10398562231158920
    Journal articles | 2023
    2023, 'On-campus mental health services for Australian university students: A retrospective analysis of service utilisation.', Australas Psychiatry, pp. 10398562231169611, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/10398562231169611
    Journal articles | 2022
    2022, 'Comparative efficacy, cognitive effects and acceptability of electroconvulsive therapies for the treatment of depression: protocol for a systematic review and network meta-analysis', BMJ open, 12, pp. e068313, http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2022-068313
    Journal articles | 2022
    2022, 'Effect of an Educational Video and Information Pamphlet on Knowledge and Attitudes About Electroconvulsive Therapy: A Randomized, Blind, Controlled Study', Journal of ECT, 38, pp. 211 - 217, http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/YCT.0000000000000848
    Journal articles | 2021
    2021, 'Effects of modifying the electrode placement and pulse width on cognitive side effects with unilateral ECT: A pilot randomised controlled study with computational modelling', Brain Stimulation, 14, pp. 1489 - 1497, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.brs.2021.09.014
    Journal articles | 2020
    2020, 'Effects of the Anaesthetic-ECT time interval and ventilation rate on seizure quality in electroconvulsive therapy: A prospective randomised trial', Brain Stimulation, 13, pp. 450 - 456, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.brs.2019.12.012
    Journal articles | 2020
    2020, 'The ictal EEG in ECT: A systematic review of the relationships between ictal features, ECT technique, seizure threshold and outcomes', Brain Stimulation, 13, pp. 1644 - 1654, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.brs.2020.09.009
    Journal articles | 2020
    2020, 'Transcranial Random Noise Stimulation for the Acute Treatment of Depression: A Randomized Controlled Trial', BIOLOGICAL PSYCHIATRY, 87, pp. S455 - S456, http://dx.doi.org/10.1101/19004218
    Journal articles | 2020
    2020, 'Transcranial Random Noise Stimulation for the Acute Treatment of Depression: A Randomized Controlled Trial', Biological Psychiatry, 87, pp. S455 - S456, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.biopsych.2020.02.1160
    Journal articles | 2020
    2020, 'Transcranial random noise stimulation for the acute treatment of depression: A randomized controlled trial', International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology, 23, pp. 146 - 156, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ijnp/pyz072
    Journal articles | 2019
    2019, 'A systematic review and computational modelling analysis of unilateral montages in electroconvulsive therapy', Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, 140, pp. 408 - 425, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/acps.13089
    Journal articles | 2019
    2019, 'The anaesthetic-ECT time interval with thiopentone—Impact on seizure quality', Journal of Affective Disorders, 252, pp. 135 - 140, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jad.2019.04.027
    Journal articles | 2018
    Taylor R; Galvez V; Loo C, 2018, 'Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) safety: a practical guide for psychiatrists', Australasian Psychiatry, 26, pp. 189 - 192, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1039856217748249
    Journal articles | 2017
    George D; Gálvez V; Martin D; Kumar D; Leyden J; Hadzi-Pavlovic D; Harper S; Brodaty H; Glue P; Taylor R; Mitchell PB; Loo CK, 2017, 'Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial of Titrated Subcutaneous Ketamine in Older Patients with Treatment-Resistant Depression', American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 25, pp. 1199 - 1209, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jagp.2017.06.007
  • Conference Abstracts | 2019
    2019, 'Don't hold your breath - it's time to stimulate!', in Don't hold your breath - it's time to stimulate!, Vancouver, presented at 3rd International Brain Stimulation Conference, Vancouver, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.brs.2018.12.889
    Conference Abstracts | 2018
    Taylor R; Loo CK; Wark H; Leyden J; Harper S; Hadzi-Pavlovic D; Nikolin S, 2018, 'The Anaesthetic-ECT Time Interval with Thiopentone', in JOURNAL OF ECT, LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS, Vol. 34, pp. 203 - 203, https://www.webofscience.com/api/gateway?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000443544200014&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1


Current projects include:

- Retrospective analysis of university health service data 

- Evaluation of novel peer support initiatives to support HDR mental health and wellbeing

- Development and testing of digital intervention to enhance medical student mental health and wellbeing (SHIFT app) 

- Evaluation of "self-care" days initiative for medical students

- Delphi study assessing priorities in student mental health & wellbeing research