Professor Rick Richardson

Professor Rick Richardson

Professor Rick Richardson


BA, MA, PhD, Kent State University, USA

Contact details

Phone: (02) 9385 1048
Email: Professor Rick Richardson
Fax: (02) 9385 3641

Office: Mathews, Room 511

Research Summary

Research Areas: Development of emotion, attention, learning, and memory in the rat. Behavioural and neural analyses of memory. Hormonal modulation of memory. Olfaction and olfactory learning.

Current Research Projects:
Project: Early Life Experiences
Project: Adolescence
Project: Individual Differences in Fear Expression and Inhibition

Research Lab: Richardson Lab



GENS9007: The Psychobiology of Sex, Love and Attraction PSYC3241: Psychobiology of Memory and Motivation


Graham, B.M., Zagic, D., & Richardson, R. (in press). Low endogenous fibroblast growth factor 2 levels are associated with heightened conditioned fear expression in rats and humans. Biological Psychiatry.

King, G., Scott, E.S., Graham, B.M., & Richardson, R. (in press). Individual Differences in Fear Extinction and Anxiety-Like Behavior. Learning & Memory.

Kan, J.M., Callaghan, B.L., & Richardson, R. (2016). A mother's past can predict her offspring's future: Previous maternal separation leads to the early emergence of adult-like fear behavior in subsequent male infant rat offspring. Behavioral Neuroscience, 130, 511-520.

Baker, K.D., Bisby, M.A., & Richardson, R. (2016). Impaired Fear Extinction in Adolescent Rodents: Behavioural and Neural Analyses. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, 70, 59-73.

Callaghan, B.L., Cowan, C.S.M., & Richardson, R. (2016). Treating generational stress: Effect of paternal stress on offspring memory and extinction development is rescued by probiotic treatment. Psychological Science, 27, 1171-1180.

Cowan, C.S.M., Callaghan, B.L., & Richardson, R. (2016). The Effects of a Probiotic Formulation (Lactobacillus rhamnosus and L. helveticus) on Developmental Trajectories of Emotional Learning in Stressed Infant Rats. Translational Psychiatry, 6, e823.

For a full listing of all of my publications, please view the Richardson Lab.

Awards, Fellowships & Grants

Recent Research Grants:

  • (2015-2017) The elusive engram: What can infantile amnesia tell us about memory? Richardson, ARC Discovery Project.
  • (2015-2017) A window of vulnerability: Impaired fear inhibition in adolescent rats. Richardson & Baker, NHMRC Project.
  • (2013-2015) Developmental differences in the role of the medial prefrontal cortex in fear regulation. NHMRC Project grant. Richardson.
  • (2012-2014) Effects of early life trauma on fear memory and fear extinction in rats. ARC Discovery Project. Richardson.
  • (2011-2013) When is extinction not extinction? ARC Discovery Project, 2011-2013. McNally & Richardson.
  • (2009-2011) Developmental analysis of extinction of learned fear in rats. Discovery Project, Australian Research Council. Richardson.
  • (2008-2010) Are there common mechanisms for the inhibition of fear? Discovery Project, Australian Research Council. McNally & Richardson.
  • (2006-2008) The Effects of Early Experiences: A Developmental Analysis of Learning and Memory. Discovery Project, Australian Research Council. Richardson.
  • (2007-2011) Centre for Clinical Research Excellence in Anxiety and Neuroscience. NHMRC. Bryant, Williams, Schofield, Raphael, Richardson, Dadds, Harris, & Boyce.

Personal Links

The Richardson Lab