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Ola Ahmed

Postdoctoral Research Associate & Clinical Psychologist

Research Areas: Classical conditioning, generalization of conditioned fear

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Dr Jack Andrews

Postdoctoral Fellow

Adolescent mental health

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Peer influnece and adolescent risk taking 

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Social inequalities and mental health (e.g. minority status and SES)

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Dr. Selen Atasoy

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

I did my Ph.D. in medical imaging jointly at Technical University of Munich with Nassir Navab and at Imperial College London with Guang-Zhong Yang (2008-2012). My doctoral thesis focused on scene recognition in medical images using pattern recognition and machine learning methods.

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Dr Kathryn Baker

ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher

Learning and memory, fear, extinction, adolescence, d-cycloserine, retrieval-extinction, calcium.

My research examines how fear is inhibited in the adolescent brain. Adolescence is a period of increased vulnerability to anxiety disorders and the brain undergoes substantial maturation during adolescence, particularly in the prefrontal cortex (PFC), a region critical for inhibiting fear in adults. I am interested in how adolescents may be less efficient in utilising prefrontal regions to inhibit fear.

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Dr Peter Baldwin

Casual Academic (Teaching and Research)

I research Hoarding Disorder, a poorly understood psychiatric syndrome. I examine how psychological and neurological processes might explain hoarding behaviour, and how we can better address these in clinical theory and practice.

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Dr Sarah Jane Baracz

Senior Research Associate

Sarah is currently a Senior Research Associate in the School of Psychology. She completed her PhD in 2015, and since then has held a post-doctoral research position at the University of Sydney, a visiting post-doctoral position at Yale University, and was a Lecturer at Macquarie University. Her research has significantly furthered the understanding of the neurocircuitry involved in oxytocin as a therapy for drug addiction, it has progressed the development of novel oxytocin compounds, and has probed the neural mechanisms common to drug addiction and depression.

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Dr Johanna Bergmann

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Visual imagery and working memory, conscious visual perception, early visual cortex, brain imaging methods (fMRI, DTI, MR spectroscopy)

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Dr. Yulisha Byrow

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

My current program of research focuses on identifying psychological mechanisms contributing to the mental health and psychosocial adaptation of refugees during resettlement.

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Dr Julie Chow

Postdoctoral Researcher

My research examines how people learn about cause and effect relationships, and how differences in what is inferred when presented with identical information may result in opposing beliefs. This is pertinent when determining how people come to form strong pseudoscientific beliefs about ineffective treatments. Causal illusions are thought to be important for understanding the development of pseudoscientific beliefs, and importantly provides insight into how people learn in a variable environment.

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Miriam Den

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Research Areas: From rats to humans: The effects of stress on fear conditioning and extinction during adolescence.

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