Dr Jacqueline Ann Rushby

Dr Jacqueline Ann Rushby

Dr Jacqueline Ann Rushby

Research Fellow

PhD (Psychology), University of Wollongong, 2009.

Contact details

Phone: (02) 9385 3591
Email: Dr Jacqueline Ann Rushby
Fax: (02) 9385 3641

Office: Mathews, Room 711

Research Summary

I have a strong background in cognitive psychophysiology and behavioural neuroscience. During my time at UNSW, I have been using psychophysiological techniques (EEG, Autonomic activity, MRI and non-invasive brain stimulation) to consolidate and focus my research to address questions of clinical significance within the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Brain Recovery. In 2011 I was awarded a NHMRC Post-Doctoral Fellowship to examine psychophysiological outcomes after severe traumatic brain injury (TBI). This research examined fundamental questions into the neural underpinnings of arousal regulation, arousal changes during emotional/social setting and social versus non-social cognition. I have subsequently developed a program of research examining the role of arousal and attention in relation to learning, social cognition and emotion perception, in both healthy populations and a broad range of clinical conditions (traumatic brain injury, Autism, frontotemporal dementia, schizophrenia and ADHD).

Publications

2014 – 2018

  • McDonald, S., Dalton, K., Rushby, J.A., Landin-Romero, R. (In Press). Loss of white matter connections after severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) and its relationship to social cognition. Brain Imaging and Behaviour.
  • McDonald, S., Rushby, J.A., Dalton, K., Allen, S., Landin-Romero, R. Parks, N. (2018) The role of the corpus callosum in social cognition deficits after Traumatic Brain Injury. Social Neuroscience, 13(4), 471-479.
  • Kelly, M., McDonald, S., Rushby, J.A. (2017). Ostracism and Physiological Arousal Following Traumatic Brain Injury. Brain Injury, 31(4), 550-559.
  • Trimmer, E., McDonald, S., Rushby, J.A. (2017). Not knowing what I feel: Emotional Empathy in Autism Spectrum Disorder.Autism, 21(4), 450-457.
  • Trimmer, E., McDonald, S., Kelly, M, Rushby, J.A. (2017). The physiological and psychological effects of ostracism in adults with ASD. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 47(8), 2326-2335.  
  • Francis, H.M., Fisher, A., Rushby, J.A., McDonald, S. (2016). Reduced heart rate variability in chronic severe traumatic brain injury: Association with impaired emotional and social functioning, and potential for treatment using biofeedback. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, 26(1), 103-125.
  • Osborne-Crowley, K., McDonald, S., Rushby, J.A. (2016). The role of reversal learning impairment in social disinhibition following severe traumatic brain injury. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 22(3), 303-313. 
  • Rushby, J.A., McDonald, S., Fisher, A., Kornfeld, E., De Blasio, F.M., et al. (2016). Brain volume loss contributes to arousal and empathy dysregulation following severe traumatic brain injury. Neuroimage:Clinical,12, 607-614.
  • Fisher, A., Rushby, J.A., McDonald, S., Parks, N. Piguet, O. (2015) Neurophysiological correlates of dysregulated emotional arousal in severe traumatic brain injury. Clinical Neurophysiology, 126, 314-324.
  • Luque, D., Moris, J., Rushby, J.A., Le Pelly, M.E. (2015) Goal-directed and S-R EEG activity from discriminative stimuli in reinforcement learning. Psychophysiology, 52(2), 238-48
  • McDonald, S., Fisher, A.,Tougher, L., Tate, R., Rushby, J.A., English, T., Kelly, M., Mathersul, D., Froreich, F., Francis, H. (2015). Adolescent performance on The Awareness of Social Inference Test: TASIT. Brain Impairment, 16(1), 3-18.
  • McDonald, S., Honan, C., Kelly M., Byom, L., Rushby, J. (2014). Disorders of social cognition and social behaviour following severe TBI. In McDonald, S., Togher, L. & Code, C. (Eds) Social and Communication Disorders Following Traumatic Brain Injury (2nd Edition). Hove, UK: Psychology Press.
  • McDonald, S., Rushby, J., Kelly, M., De Sousa, A. (2014). Disorders of emotion and social cognition in TBI, In Levin, H., Shum, D. & Chan, R. (Eds.) Traumatic Brain Injury: Current research and future directions. Oxford University Press.

2011 – 2013

  • Barry, R.J., Broyd, S.J., Bruggemann J.M., Budd, T.W., Johnstone, S.J., Rushby, J.A., Smith, J.L. (2013). Editorial. Psychophysiology in Australasia. Selected papers from the 22nd Annual Meeting of the Australasian Society for Psychophysiology, ASP2012, held at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, 28-30 November 2012. International Journal of Psychophysiology89 (3), 285-287.
  • Bowley, C., Faricy, C., Hegarty, B, Johnstone, S.J., Smith, J.L., Kelly, P., Rushby, J.A. (2013). Training students to drink less: The effects of inhibitory control training on alcohol consumption, alcohol-related cognitions and brain electrical activity. International Journal of Psychophysiology,89 (3), 342-348.
  • Iredale, J., Rushby, J.A., McDonald, S, Dimoska-Di Marco, A., Swift, J.  (2013). Emotion in voice matters: Neural correlates of emotional prosody perception. Int. Journal of Psychophysiology,89 (3), 483-490.
  • Mathursul, D., McDonald, S., Rushby, J.A. (2013). Autonomic arousal explains social cognitive abilities in high-functioning adults with autism spectrum disorder. Int. Journal of Psychophysiology,89, 475-482.
  • Mathursul, D., McDonald, S., Rushby, J.A. (2013). Psychophysiological correlates of social judgement in high-functioning adults with autism spectrum disorder. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 87, 88-94.
  • Mathursul, D., McDonald, S., Rushby, J. (2013). Understanding advanced theory of mind and empathy in high-functioning adults with autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, 35 (6), 655-668.
  • Mathursul, D., McDonald, S., Rushby, J.A. (2013). Automatic facial responses to affective stimuli in high-functioning adults with autism spectrum disorder.  Physiology & Behavior, 109 (1), 14-22.
  • Mathursul, D., McDonald, S., Rushby, J. (2013). Automatic facial responses to briefly presented emotional stimuli in autism spectrum disorder. Biological Psychology, 94 (2), 397-407.
  • Rushby, J.A., Fisher, A., McDonald, S, Murphy, A., Finnigan, S. (2013). Autonomic and neural correlates of dysregulated arousal in severe traumatic brain injury. Int. Journal of Psychophysiology89 (3), 460-465.
  • Rushby, J.A., McDonald, S., Randall, R., de Sousa, A., Trimmer, E. Fisher, A. (2013). Impaired emotional contagion following severe traumatic brain injury. International Journal of Psychophysiology,89 (3), 466-474.
  • Weickert, T.W., Leslie, F., Rushby, J.A., Hodges, J.R., Hornberger, M. (2013). Probabilistic association learning in frontotemporal dementia and schizophrenia. Cortex49 (1), 101-106.
  • deSousa, A., McDonald, S., Rushby, J. (2012). Changes in emotional empathy, affective responsivity and behavior following severe traumatic brain injury. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, 34 (6) 606-623.
  • Kelly, M., McDonald, S., Rushby, J. (2012). All alone with sweaty palms – Physiological arousal and ostracism. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 83 (3), 606-623.
  • MacDonald, B., Barry, R.J., Rushby, J.A. (2012) Single-trial event-related potentials and autonomic measures of the orienting reflex. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 83 (1), 79-86.
  • Barry, R.J., MacDonald, B., Rushby, J.A. (2011). Single-trial event-related potentials and the orienting reflex to monaural tones.  International Journal of Psychophysiology, 79, 127-135.
  • Barry, R.J., MacDonald, B., Rushby, J.A. (2011). Erratum to “Single-trial event-related potentials and the orienting reflex to monaural tones”.  International Journal of Psychophysiology, 80, 171-172.
  • de Sousa A., McDonald, S., Rushby, J., Li, S.,  Dimoska, A. & James, C. (2011). Understanding deficits in empathy after Traumatic Brain Injury: The role of affective responsivity. Cortex, 47(5), 526-535.
  • McDonald, S., Li, S., DeSousa, A., Rushby, J., Dimoska, A., James, C., Tate, R.L. (2011). Impaired mimicry response to angry faces following severe traumatic brain injury. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, 33 (1), 17-29.
  • McDonald, S., Rushby, J., Li, S., DeSousa, A., Dimoska, A., James, C., Tate, R.L., Togher, L. (2011). The influence of attention and arousal on emotion perception in adults with severe Traumatic Brain Injury. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 82(1), 124-131.
  • Rushby, J.A., Vercammen, A., Loo, C., Short, B., Weickert, C.S., Weickert, T.W. (2011). Frontal and parietal contributions to probabilistic association learning. Cerebral Cortex, 21(8), 1879-1888.
  • Vercammen, A., Rushby, J.A., Loo, C., Short, B., Weickert, C.S., Weickert, T.W. (2011). Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) influences probabilistic association learning in people with schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Research, 131 (1-3), 198-205.

2008 – 2010

  • Barry, R.J., DeBlasio, F., Rushby, J.A., Clarke, A.R. (2010). Brain dynamics in the auditory Go/NoGo task as a function of EEG frequency. International Journal of Psychophysiology 78, 115-128.
  • de Sousa A., McDonald, S., Rushby, J., Li, S.,  Dimoska, A. & James, C. (2010). Why don’t you feel how I feel?  Insight into the absence of empathy after severe traumatic brain injury. Neuropsychologia48 (12), 3585-3595.
  • Barry, R.J., Rushby, J.A., Smith, J.L., Clarke, A.R., Croft, R.J. (2009).  Brain dynamics in the auditory oddball task as a function of stimulus intensity and task requirements. International Journal of Psychophysiology. 73, 313-325.
  • Rushby, J.A., Barry, R.J. (2009). Single-trial event-related potentials to significant stimuli. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 74, 120-131.
  • Barry, R.J., Clarke, A.R., Johnstone S.J., Rushby, J.A. (2008). Timing of caffeine’s impact on autonomic and central nervous system measures: clarification of arousal effects. Biological Psychology, 77, 304-316.

2005 – 2007

  • Barry, R.J., Clarke, A.R., Johnstone, S.J., Magee, C.A., Rushby, J.A. (2007). EEG differences between eyes-closed versus eyes-open resting baseline. Clinical Neurophysiology, 118, 2765-2773.
  • Barry, R.J., Johnstone, S.J, Clarke, A.R., Rushby, J.A., Brown, C. R., McKenzie, D. N.  (2007). Caffeine effects on ERPs and performance in an auditory Go/NoGo task. Clinical Neurophysiology, 118, 2692-2699.
  • Barry, R.J., Rushby, J.A., Smith, J.L., Clarke, A.R., Wallace, M.J.  (2007). Brain dynamics in the active vs. passive auditory oddball task: Exploration of narrow-band EEG phase effects.  Clinical Neurophysiology, 118, 2234-2247.
  • Gonsalvez, C.J., Barry, R.J., Rushby, J.A., Polich, J.  (2007). Target-to-target interval and stimulus intensity effects on the P3 component. Psychophysiology, 44, 245-250.
  • Rushby, J.A., Barry, R.J. (2007).  Event-related potential correlates of phasic and tonic measures of the orienting reflex.  Biological Psychology, 75, 248-259.
  • VaezMousavi, S.M., Barry, R.J., Rushby, J.A. Clarke, A.R. (2007).  Evidence for differentiation of arousal and activation in normal adults.  Acta Neurobiologiae Experimentalis, 67,179-186.
  • VaezMousavi, S.M., Barry, R.J., Rushby, J.A. Clarke, A.R (2007). Arousal and activation on physiological and behavioural responding during a continuous performance task. Acta Neurobiologiae Experimentalis, 67, 461-470.
  • Barry, R.J., Rushby, J.A.  (2006). An orienting reflex perspective on anteriorisation of the P3 of the event-related potential. Experimental Brain Research, 173, 539-545.
  • Barry, R.J., Rushby, J.A., Smith, J.L. Clarke, A.R., Croft, R.J. (2006).  Dynamics of narrow-band EEG phase effects in the passive auditory oddball task.  European Journal of Neuroscience, 24, 291-304.
  • Barry, R.J., Rushby, J.A., Wallace, M.J., Clarke, A.R., Johnstone, S.J. Zlojutro, I. (2005). Caffeine effects on resting state arousal. Clinical Neurophysiology, 116, 2693-2700.
  • Rushby, J.A., Barry, R.J., Doherty, R.J.  (2005). Separation of the ERP components of the late positive complex in a dishabituation paradigm.  Clinical Neurophysiology, 116, 2363-2380.
  • Barry, R.J., Clarke, A.R., McCarthy, R., Selikowitz, M., Rushby, J.A. (2005).  Arousal and activation in a continuous performance task:  An exploration of state effects in normal children.  Journal of Psychophysiology, 2, 91-99.

2002 – 2004

  • Barry, R.J., Rushby, J.A., Johnstone, S.J, Clarke, A.R., Croft, R.J., Lawrence, C.  (2004). Event-related potentials in the auditory oddball as a function of EEG alpha phase at stimulus onset.  Clinical Neurophysiology, 115, 2593-2601.
  • Barry, R.J., Clarke, A.R. McCarthy, R. Selikowitz, M.  Rushby, J.A., Ploskova, E. (2004).  EEG differences in children as a function of resting-state arousal level.  Clinical Neurophysiology, 115, 402-408.
  • Barry, R.J., Clarke, A.R., McCarthy, R., Selikowitz, M., Johnstone, S.J., Croft, R.J., Rushby, J.A. (2004). Age and Gender Effects in EEG Coherence: I. Developmental trends in normal children.  Clinical Neurophysiology, 115, 2252-2258.
  • Rushby, J.A., Barry R.J., Johnstone S.J. (2002).  Event-related potential correlates of the serial position curve during an elaborative memory test.  International Journal of Psychophysiology, 46, 13-27.

 

Awards, Fellowships & Grants

Piguet, O, Hornberger, M, Rushby, J.A., Kumfor, F. (2016). NHMRC Project Grant, UNSW Gold Star, $40,000. Biology of emotion processing deficits as early marker of frontotemporal dementia.

McDonald, S., Tate, R., Rushby, J.A., Loo, C.  (2015-2018). NHMRC Project Grant, $887,000. Emotion regulation after brain injury: New approaches to remediation.

McDonald, S., Rushby, J.A., (2015-2018). ARC Discovery Project, $398,000. The sociopath amongst us: The neural basis of empathy disorders.

Francis, H, McDonald, S, Rushby, J.A. (2015). Rebecca Cooper Medical Research Foundation, $15,000.

McDonald, S., Rushby, J.A.  (2014). ARC Discovery Project, UNSW, Science Silver Star, $25,000. I feel what you feel: How does simulation give rise to emotional empathy.

Piguet, O., Hornberger, M., Rushby, J.A. (2014). NHMRC Project Grant, UNSW Gold Star, $40,000. Determining neurophysiological response abnormality and insula pathology as contributors of emotion disturbance in frontotemporal dementia.

Rushby, J.A. (2014). Faculty of Science, University of NSW Research Committee.  $10,000. Neural Indices of HRV biofeedback training.

Rushby, J.A. (2013). Faculty of Science, University of NSW Research Committee.  $8,000. Uncovering the mechanisms for attention and arousal deficits in people with AD/HD and traumatic brain injury.

Rushby, J.A. (2012). Faculty of Science, University of NSW Research Committee.  $14,800. The role of arousal in emotion processing.

Barry, R.J., Rushby, J.A. (2012). University of Wollongong Research Committee. $12,000.  Project: Does the “Novelty P3” component of the event-related potential really exist?

Rushby, J.A. (2011-2014).  National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia Early Career Research Fellowship (Clinical Training), $290,032. Psychophysiological Recovery outcomes after Severe Traumatic Brain Injury.

McDonald, S., Rushby, J.A. (2010-2013).  Australian Research Council Discovery Project, $243,000.  Project: Emotion in voice matters: Advancing a neural model of auditory emotion perception.

2015:  Represented UNSW at Universitas 21 early career researcher workshop for entrepreneurship and innovation, University College Dublin.

2013:  University of New South Wales, Faculty of Science Staff Excellence Awards; In recognition of Excellence in Research.  $1,500.

2011: University of New South Wales, Faculty of Science Staff Excellence Awards; In recognition of Excellence in Research.  $1,500.

Current Research Students

Matthew Gerathy, PhD

Christopher Sufani, PhD

Emma Kornfeld, PhD

Melinda Hickey PhD (University of Wollongong)