Dr Justine Gatt

Dr Justine Gatt

Dr Justine Gatt

Senior Research Scientist & Group Leader

Gatt Resilience Group

 

 

Contact details

Phone: (02) 9399 1812
Email: Dr Justine Gatt

Office: Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA), Barker St, Randwick

Research Summary

Research Interests: Resilience, wellbeing, depression, anxiety, twins, genetic modeling, genotyping, positive/negative life events, trauma, childhood, adolescence and adulthood, MRI and fMRI imaging, DTI, EEG, autonomic functioning, neurocognition, multivariate modeling, structural equation (path) modeling, e-health online tools, smartphone apps, and wellbeing programs.

Bio: Dr Gatt completed her PhD in Psychology at the University of Sydney in December 2005 (conferred 2006). She completed three years postdoctoral training in genetics and neuroimaging at the Brain Dynamics Centre, Westmead Hospital and University of Sydney (2006-2009). She has since been successful in obtaining several competitive research fellowships and grants. Dr Gatt has an outstanding track record in publication and her work has been recognised by multiple awards including the Commonwealth Health Minister’s Award for Excellence in Health and Medical Research, and the NHMRC Excellence Award for Top Ranked CDF Applicant (2014). Dr Gatt also serves as an Editorial Member for several scientific journals.

Gatt Group Projects: Dr Gatt leads her own research program in the neuroscience of wellbeing and resilience and intervention strategies. She is currently Group Leader and Senior Research Scientist at Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) as well as Senior Lecturer in the School of Psychology at the University of New South Wales, where she currently leads several national and international projects in resilience and wellbeing. Her current projects include: (a) a longitudinal study of healthy adult twins from her TWIN-E Emotional Wellbeing Study followed after 10 and 12 years to determine changes in brain structure/function, neurocognitive performance and mental health outcomes over time that predict a risk versus resilience trajectory; (b) a project focusing on the impact of Instagram use on mental health and wellbeing in adolescents and young adults; (c) a project focusing on the impact of stuttering and its treatment on the wellbeing of children and their parents; (d) several clinical studies focusing on the impact of mental health treatment on wellbeing in youth and adults undergoing treatment; (e) wellbeing in the workplace; and (f) online smartphone wellness technologies.

 

Publications

Books

  1. Gatt JM. (2008). The Role of Personality in Disease: Detection and Prevention. VDM: Germany.

Book Chapters

  1. Gatt JM (2020). The neuroscience of wellbeing: Part 1, Chapter 37. In: Cohen L. Ed. The Encyclopedia of Health Psychology. Chichester, West Sussex: John Wiley & Sons Ltd, p. 325-330. https://doi.org/10.1002/9781119057840.ch37
  2. Gatt JM (2020). The neuroscience of wellbeing: Part 2, Chapter 41. In: Cohen L. Ed. The Encyclopedia of Health Psychology. Chichester, West Sussex: John Wiley & Sons Ltd, p. 361-372. https://doi.org/10.1002/9781119057840.ch41
  3. Alexander R and Gatt JM (2019). Resilience, Chapter 20. In: Miu AC, Homberg JR, Lesch K-P. Eds. Genes, Brain and Emotions: Interdisciplinary and Translational Perspectives. Oxford: Oxford University Press, p. 286-303. ISBN: 9780198793014.
     

Peer-reviewed Journal Articles

  1. Chilver MR, Park HRP, Schofield PR, Clark CR, Williams LM, Gatt JM. (In Press). Emotional face processing correlates with depression/anxiety symptoms but not wellbeing in non-clinical adults: An event-related potential study. Journal of Psychiatric Research. Accepted 22nd November 2021.
  2. Boyes A, McLoughlin LT, Anderson H, Schwenn P, Shan Z, Gatt JM, Lagopoulos J, Hermens DF. Basal ganglia correlates of wellbeing in early adolescence. Brain Research 1774 (2022). 147710.
  3. Chilver MR and Gatt JM. (2021). Six-week online multi-component positive psychology intervention improves subjective wellbeing in young adults. Journal of Happiness Studies. Accepted 27th August 2021.
  4. Gatt JM, Burton KLO, Schofield PR, Bryant RA, Williams LM. (2021). Corrigendum to 'The heritabilility of mental health and wellbeing defined using COMPAS-W, a new composite measure of wellbeing': Psychiatry Research, 219 (2014), 204-213. Psychiatry Research. Accepted 24th July 2021.
  5. Park HRP, Chilver MR, Montalto A, Jamshidi J, Schofield PR, Williams LM, Gatt JM. (2021). Associations between mental wellbeing and fMRI neural bases underlying responses to positive emotion in a twin sample. Psychological Medicine. Accepted 14th June 2021.
  6. Mullins N …. Gatt JM …. (2021). Dissecting the shared genetic architecture of suicide attempt, psychiatric disorders and known risk factors. Biological Psychiatry. Accepted 3rd June 2021.
  7. Cheng P, Park HRP, Gatt JM (2021). Approach coping mitigates psychological distress of COVID-19 isolation for young men with low wellbeing in a sample of 1749 youth from Australia and the USA. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 12, 634925. doi: 10.3389/fpsyt.2021.634925
  8. Routledge KM, Williams LM, Harris AWF, Schofield PR, Gatt JM. (2021). The impact of onlinebrain training exercises on experiences of depression, anxiety and emotional wellbeing in a twin sample. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 134, 138-149. https://authors.elsevier.com/sd/article/S0022-3956(20)31162-6
  9. Alexander, R., Aragon, O.R., Bookwala, J., Cherbuin, N., Gatt, J.M., Kahrilas, I.J., Kästner, N., Lawrence, A., Lowe, L., Morrison, R.G., Mueller, S.C., Nusslock, R., Papadelis, C., Polnaszek, K.L., Richter, S.H., Silton, R.L., & Styliadis, C. (2021). The neuroscience of positive emotions and affect: Implications for cultivating happiness and wellbeing. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, 121, 220-249. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neubiorev.2020.12.002
  10. Jamshidi J, Williams LM, Schofield PR, Park H, Montalto A, Chilver M, Bryant R, Toma C, Fullerton J, Gatt JM. (2020). Diverse phenotypic measurements of wellbeing: Heritability, temporal stability, and the variance explained by polygenic scores. Genes, Brain and Behavior, 19 (8), e12694. https://doi.org/10.1111/gbb.12694
  11. Chilver MR, Keller AS, Park H, Jamshidi J, Montalto A, Schofield PR, Clark CR, Harmon-Jones E, Williams LM, Gatt JM. (2020). Electroencephalography profiles as a biomarker of wellbeing: A twin study. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 126: 114-121. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpsychires.2020.04.010
  12. Gatt JM, Alexander R, Emond A, Foster K, Hadfield K, Mason-Jones A, Reid S, Theron L, Ungar M, Wouldes T, Wu Q. (2020). Trauma, resilience and mental health in migrant and non-migrant youth: An international cross-sectional study across six countries. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 10, Article 997. doi: 10.3389/fpsyt.2019.00997
  13. Kang D, McAuley JH, Kassem MS, Gatt JM, Gustin SM. (2019). What does the grey matter decrease in the medial prefrontal cortex reflect in people with chronic pain? European Journal of Pain, 23(2), 203-219.
  14. Chu DA, Bryant RA, Gatt JM, Harris AWF. (2019). Cumulative childhood interpersonal trauma is associated with reduced cortical differentiation between threat and non-threat faces in PTSD adults. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 53(1), 48-58.
  15. Wu Q, Ge T, Emond A, Foster K, Gatt JM, Hadfield K, Mason-Jones A, Reid S, Theron L, Ungar M, Wouldes T. (2018). Acculturation, resilience and the mental health of migrant youth: A cross-country comparative study. Public Health, 162, 63-70.
  16. Hadfield K, Ungar M, Emond A, Foster K, Gatt JM, Mason-Jones A, Reid S, Theron L, Wouldes T, Wu Q. (2018). Challenges of developing and conducting an international study of resilience in migrant adolescents. International Social Work, 63 (2), 232-237. doi.org/10.1177/0020872818796147.
  17. Bloch-Jorgensen ZT, Cilione PJ, Yeung WW, Gatt JM. (2018). Corrigendum: Centeredness Theory: Understanding and measuring well-being across core life domains. Frontiers in Psychology, Sept 7, 9, 1648. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2018.01648.
  18. Bloch-Jorgensen ZT, Cilione PJ, Yeung WW, Gatt JM. (2018). Centeredness Theory: Understanding and measuring well-being across core life domains. Frontiers in Psychology, 9: 610. DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2018.00610.
  19. Gatt JM, Burton KLO, Routledge KM, Grasby KL, Korgaonkar MS, Grieve SM, Schofield PR, Harris AWF, Clark CR, Williams LM. (2018). A negative association between brainstem pontine gray matter volume, wellbeing and resilience in healthy twins. Journal of Psychiatry and Neuroscience, Jun 20; 43(6): 386-395. https://doi.org/doi: 10.1503/jpn.170125
  20. Routledge KM, Williams LM, Harris AWF, Schofield PR, Clark CR, Gatt JM. (2018). Genetic correlations between wellbeing, depression and anxiety symptoms and behavioral responses to the emotional faces task in healthy twins. Psychiatry Research, 264, 385-393.
  21. Ball TM, Goldstein-Piekarski AN, Gatt JM, Williams LM. (2017). Quantifying person-level brain network functioning to facilitate clinical translation. Translational Psychiatry, 7, e1248; doi:10.1038/tp.2017.204.
  22. McRae K, Rhee SH, Gatt JM, Godinez D, Williams LM, Gross JJ. (2017). Genetic and environmental influences on emotion regulation: A twin study of cognitive reappraisal and expressive suppression. Emotion, 17(5), 772-777.
  23. Routledge KM, Burton KLO, Williams LM, Harris A, Schofield PR, Clark CR, Gatt JM. (2017). The shared and unique genetic relationship between mental wellbeing, depression and anxiety symptoms and cognitive function in healthy twins. Cognition and Emotion, 31(7), 1465-1479.
  24. Chu D, Bryant RA, Gatt JM, Harris AWF. (2017). Corrigendum to “Failure to differentiate between threat-related and positive emotion cues in healthy adults with childhood interpersonal or adult trauma. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 94, 230.
  25. Routledge KM, Burton KLO, Williams LM, Harris A, Schofield PR, Clark CR, Gatt JM. (2016). Shared versus distinct genetic contributions of mental wellbeing with depression and anxiety symptoms in healthy twins. Psychiatry Research, 244, 65-70.
  26. Chu D, Bryant RA, Gatt JM, Harris AWF (2016). Failure to differentiate between threat-related and positive emotion cues in healthy adults with childhood interpersonal or adult trauma. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 78, 31-41.
  27. Arns M, Bruder G, Hegerl U, Spooner C, Palmer D, Etkin A, Fallahpour K, Gatt JM, Hirshberg L, Gordon E (2016). EEG alpha asymmetry as a gender-specific predictor of outcomes to acute treatment with different antidepressant medications in the randomized i-SPOT-D study. Clinical Neurophysiology, 127, 509-519.
  28. Burton KLO, Williams LM, Clark CR, Harris A, Schofield PR, Gatt JM. (2015). Sex differences in the shared genetics of dimensions of self-reported depression and anxiety. Journal of Affective Disorders, 188, 35-42.
  29. Day CV, Gatt JM, Etkin A, DeBattista C, Schatzberg AF, Williams LM (2015). Cognitive and emotional biomarkers of melancholic depression: An iSPOT-D report. Journal of Affective Disorders, 176, 141-150.
  30. Gatt JM, Burton KLO, Williams LM, Schofield PR. (2015). Specific and common genes implicated across major mental disorders: A review of meta-analysis studies. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 60, 1-13.
  31. Myers AJ, Williams LM, Gatt JM, McAuley-Clark EZ, Dobson-Stone C, Schofield PR, Nemeroff, CB. (2014). Variation in the oxytocin receptor gene is associated with increased risk for anxiety, stress and depression in individuals with a history of exposure to early life stress. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 59, 93-100.
  32. Gatt JM, Burton KLO, Schofield PR, Bryant RA, Williams LM. (2014). The heritability of mental health and wellbeing defined using COMPAS-W, a new composite measure of wellbeing. Psychiatry Research, 219 (1), 204-213. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psychres.2014.04.033
  33. Korgaonkar MS, Ram K, Williams LM, Gatt JM, Grieve SM. (2014). Establishing the resting state default mode network derived from functional magnetic resonance imaging tasks as an endophenotype: A twins study. Human Brain Mapping, 35, 3893-3902.
  34. Korgaonkar MS, Antees C, Williams LM, Gatt JM, Bryant RA, Cohen R, Paul R, O’Hara R, Grieve SM. (2013). Early exposure to traumatic stressors impairs emotional brain circuitry. PLOS ONE, 8 (9), e75524.
  35. Chu D, Williams LM, Harris AWF, Bryant RA, Gatt JM. (2013). Early life trauma predicts self-reported levels of depressive and anxiety symptoms in nonclinical community adults: Relative contributions of early life stressor types and adult trauma exposure. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 47 (1), 23-32.
  36. Williams LM, Cooper NJ, Wisniewski S, Gatt JM, Koslow SH, Kulkarni J, Gordon E, Rush AJ. (2012). Sensitivity, specificity and predictive power of the “Brief Risk-resilience Index for Screening,” a brief pan-diagnostic web screen for emotional health. Brain and Behavior, 2 (5): 576-589.
  37. Gatt JM, Korgaonkar M, Schofield PR, Harris A, Clark CR, Oakley K, Ram K, Michaelson H, Yap S, Stanners M, Wise M, Williams LM. (2012). The TWIN-E project in emotional wellbeing: Study protocol and preliminary heritability results across four MRI and DTI measures. Twin Research and Human Genetics, Special Issue: The Genetics of Brain Imaging Phenotypes. 15 (3), 419-441.
  38. Gatt JM, Nemeroff CB, Schofield PR, Paul RH, Clark CR, Gordon E & Williams LM. (2010). Early life stress combined with HTR3A and BDNF Val66Met genotypes impacts emotional brain and arousal correlates of risk for depression. Biological Psychiatry, 68, 818-824.
  39. Kemp AH, Quintana DS, Gray MA, Felmingham KL, Brown K, Gatt JM. (2010). Impact of Depression and Antidepressant Treatment on Heart Rate Variability: A Review and Meta-analysis. Biological Psychiatry, 67, 1067-1074.
  40. Williams LM, Gatt JM, Grieve SM, Dobson-Stone C, Paul RH, Gordon E & Schofield PR. (2010). COMT Val108/158Met polymorphism effects on emotional brain function are modulated by level of awareness and associated with negativity biases. NeuroImage, 53, 918-925.
  41. Gatt JM, Williams LM, Schofield PR, Dobson-Stone C, Paul RH, Grieve S, Clark CR, Gordon E & Nemeroff CB. (2010). Impact of the HTR3A gene with early life trauma on emotional brain networks and depressed mood. Depression and Anxiety, 27: 752-759.
  42. Wacker J, Gatt JM. (2010). Resting posterior versus frontal delta/theta EEG activity is associated with extraversion and the COMT Val158Met polymorphism.  Neuroscience Letters, 478: 88-92.
  43. Williams LM, Gatt JM, Schofield PR, Olivieri G, Peduto A, Gordon E. (2009). ‘Negativity bias’ in risk for depression and anxiety: Brain-body fear circuitry correlates, 5-HTT-LPR and early life stress. NeuroImage, 47: 804-814.
  44. Gatt JM, Nemeroff CB, Dobson-Stone C, Kuan SA, Paul RH, Bryant RA, Schofield PR, Gordon E & Williams LM. (2009). Interactions between BDNF Val66Met polymorphism and early life stress predict brain and arousal pathways to syndromal depression and anxiety. Molecular Psychiatry, 14(7): 681-695.
  45. Joffe RT, Gatt JM, Kemp AH, Grieve S, Dobson-Stone C, Kuan S, Schofield PR, Gordon E & Williams LM. (2009). Brain derived neurotrophic factor Val66Met polymorphism, the five factor model of personality and hippocampal volume: Implications for depressive illness. Human Brain Mapping, 30(4): 1246-1256.
  46. Schofield PR, Williams LM, Paul RH, Gatt JM, Brown K, Luty A, Cooper N, Grieve S, Dobson-Stone C, Kuan SA & Gordon E. (2009). Disturbances in selective information processing associated with the BDNFVal66Met polymorphism: Evidence from cognition, the P300 and fronto-hippocampal systems. Biological Psychology, 80: 176-188.
  47. Williams LM, Gatt JM, Kuan SA, Dobson-Stone C, Palmer DM, Paul RH, Song L, Costa PT, Schofield PR, Gordon E. (2009). A polymorphism of the MAOA gene is associated with emotional brain markers and personality traits on an antisocial index. Neuropsychopharmacology, 34: 1797-1809.
  48. Gatt JM, Kuan S, Dobson-Stone C, Paul RH, Joffe RT, Kemp A, Gordon E, Schofield PR & Williams LM. (2008). Association between BDNF Val66Met polymorphism and trait depression is mediated via resting EEG alpha band activity. Biological Psychology, 79 (2): 275-284.
  49. Williams LM, Gatt JM, Kuan SA, Dobson-Stone C, Cooper N, Grieve S, Gur R, Paul RH, Gordon E, Schofield PR. (2008). The INTEGRATE model of emotion, thinking and self regulation: An application to the “paradox of aging”. J Integrative Neuroscience, 7: 367-404.
  50. Alexander DM, Williams LM, Gatt JM, Dobson-Stone C, Kuan S, Todd EG, Schofield PR, Cooper N, & Gordon E. (2007). The contribution of apolipoprotein E alleles on cognitive performance and dynamic neural activity over six decades. Biological Psychology, 75: 229-238.
  51. Dobson-Stone C, Gatt JM, Kuan SA, Grieve SM, Gordon E, Williams LM & Schofield PR. (2007). Investigation of MCPH1 and ASPM polymorphisms and brain size in a healthy cohort. NeuroImage, 37: 394-400.
  52. Gatt JM, Clark CR, Kemp AH, Liddell BJ, Dobson-Stone C, Kuan S, Schofield PR & Williams LM. (2007). A genotype-endophenotype-phenotype path model of depressed mood: Integrating cognitive and emotional markers. Journal of Integrative Neuroscience, 6 (1), 75-104.
  53. Gordon E., Liddell BJ, Brown KJ, Bryant R, Das P, Dobson-Stone C, Falconer E, Felmingham K, Flynn G, Gatt JM, Harris, A, Hermens DF, Hopkinson P, Kemp AH, Kuan S, Moyle J, Paul RH, Rennie C, Whitford T, Williams LM. (2007). Integrating objective gene-brain-behavior markers of psychiatric disorders. Journal of Integrative Neuroscience, 6 (1), 1-34.

Published Conference Proceedings

  1. Gatt J, Chilver M, Champaigne-Klassen E, Park H, Jamshidi J, Montalto A, Schofield P, Williams LM. (2021). Predictors of wellbeing and wellbeing change over a 12-month period in 1327 twins. Biological Psychiatry, 89(9), S315-S316.
  2. Montalto A, Park HRP, Williams LM, Korgaonkar MS, Chilver MR, Jamshidi J, Schofield P, Gatt JM. (2021). Negative association between the bilateral anterior insula and resilience during a continuous performance task: An fMRI twin study. Biological Psychiatry, 89(9), S175-S176.
  3. Chilver M, Keller AS, Park H, Jamshidi J, Montalto A, Schofield P, Clark R, Harmon-Jones E, Williams L, Gatt JM. (2021). Biological Psychiatry, 89(9), S163-S164.
  4. Gatt J, Chilver M, Jamshidi J, Montalto A, Schofield P, Williams L. (2019). Neuropsychological correlates of wellbeing using a twin design. Behavior Genetics, 49(6), 509-510.
  5. Jamshidi J, Montalto A, Chilver M, Toma C, Schofield P, Williams L, Fullerton J, Gatt J. (2019). Genetic factors influencing quantitative measures of subjective and psychological wellbeing using the COMPAS-W scale in a healthy Australian twin cohort. Behavior Genetics, 49(6), 511.
  6. Ball T, Goldstein-Piekarski AN, Gatt J, Fornito A, Williams LM. (2016). Functional connectivity in the default mode network: Establishing reproducibility and individual norms. Neuropsychopharmacology, 41, S299-S300.
  7. Gatt JM, Routledge K, Korgaonkar MS, Grieve SM, Clark CR, Schofield PR, Williams LM. (2015). Wellbeing and resilience in the healthy twin brain. Biological Psychiatry, 77 (9).
  8. Schofield PR, Fullerton JM, Gatt JM, Williams LM, Mitchell PB. (2013). Genetic approaches to understanding the etiology of mood disorders. Journal of Molecular Neuroscience. 51 (Supp 1), S107.
  9. Oakley KL, Williams LM, Gatt JM. (2013). Unravelling the connection between anxiety and depression. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 47 (S1), 76.
  10. Gatt JM, Korgaonkar M, Schofield PR, Harris A, Clark R, Williams LM. (2012). Identifying risk and resilience gene-brain markers of emotional wellbeing: The TWIN-E project. Biological Psychiatry. 71 (Supp 8S), 14S.
  11. Gatt JM, Nemeroff CB, Dobson-Stone C, Kuan SA, Paul RH, Bryant RA, Schofield PR, Gordon E & Williams LM. (2008). The impact of gene-environment interactions on neural pathways in risk for syndromal depression and anxiety. NeuroImage. 41 (Supp 1), S1-S242.
  12. Williams LM, Gatt JM, Dobson-Stone C, Paul R, Schofield PR, Gordon E. (2008). Neuroimaging endophenotypes for emotion perception? Variation with COMT Val108/158Met genotypes and level of awareness. NeuroImage. 41 (Supp 1), S1-S242.
  13. Leuchter BD, Schofield PR, Williams LM, Paul RH, Gatt JM, Brown K, Grieve S, Dobson-Stone C, Kuan S, Gordon E. (2007). Disturbances in task-relevant information processing associated with the brain-derived neurotrophic factor Val66Met polymorphism: Evidence from cognition, the P300 endophenotype and neuroimaging. Neurology, 68 (12): A402.
  14. Williams LM, Gatt JM, Kuan S, Dobson-Stone C, Paul RH, Schofield PR, Gordon E. (2007). Genotypes and neural binding in negative affect: The contribution of genetic polymorphisms to 40 hz gamma phase synchrony. Biological Psychiatry, 61 (8): 265S.
  15. Alexander DM, Gatt JM, Kuan S, Dobson-Stone C, Todd EG, Schofield PR, Gordon E & Williams LM (2006). The neurodevelopmental effects of apolipoprotein E alleles on brain function. ASPR Annual Meeting, Sydney Australia. Acta Neuropsychiatrica, 18(6), 336.
  16. Dobson-Stone C, Gatt JM, Kuan S, Paul RH, Gordon E, Williams LM & Schofield PR (2006). Understanding genotype-phenotype relationships using the Brain Resource International Database: Implications for psychiatric conditions. Acta Neuropsychiatrica, 18(6), 335.
  17. Gatt JM, Kuan S, Dobson-Stone C, Paul RH, Schofield PR, Gordon E & Williams LM (2006). Identifying pathways to depressed mood and cognitive dysfunction: The BDNF Val66Met polymorphism and early life stress. ASPR Annual Meeting, Sydney Australia. Acta Neuropsychiatrica, 18(6), 336.
  18. Gatt JM, Kuan S, Dobson-Stone C, Paul RH, Schofield PR, Gordon E & Williams LM (2006). Genotypes and neural binding in negative affect: The contribution of genetic polymorphisms to 40 Hz gamma phase synchrony. Acta Neuropsychiatrica, 18(6), 337.
  19. Gatt JM, Kuan S, Dobson-Stone C, Brown KJ, Paul RH, Schofield P, Gordon E, Williams LM (2006). Mapping the BDNF genotype onto cognitive and emotional phenotypes: Integrating EEG, ERPs and MRI. NeuroImage, 31 (Supp1), 165.
  20. Kuan SA, Gatt JM, Dobson-Stone C, Paul RH, Schofield PR, Gordon E & Williams LM (2006). Identifying markers of negative mood: the gender-specific influence of COMT and MAO-A polymorphisms on emotion processing. ASPR Annual Meeting, Sydney Australia. Acta Neuropsychiatrica, 18(6), 337.
  21. Kuan SA, Gatt JM, Dobson-Stone C, Brown KJ, Liddell B, Paul RH, Schofield PR, Gordon E & Williams LM (2006). Neuroimaging endophenotypes associated with the COMT Val108/158Met polymorphism: implications for psychiatric disorders of emotion. NeuroImage, 31 (Supp1), 165.
  22. Gatt JM, Kuan S, Dobson-Stone C, Schofield P, Gordon E, Paul R, Brown K & Williams L. (2005). An integrative approach towards mapping the BDNF genotype onto phenotypes: The identification of mood and memory profiles. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 39 (Supp 2), A18.
  23. Kuan S, Gatt JM, Dobson-Stone C, Brown K, Paul R, Schofield P, Gordon E & Williams L. (2005). Mapping the COMT genotype onto phenotypes: Implications for psychiatric disorders of cognition and emotion. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 39 (Supp 2), A17.
  24. Gatt J, Hatfield J. (2004). The effects of assertiveness training and relaxation on disease-prone personality types, coping, mood and cortisol in a community sample. International Journal of Psychology, 39 (5-6), 564.
  25. Job RFS, Cuthbert P, Dolphin J, Gatt J & McNicholas B. (2000). The Grossarth-Maticek Personality Stress Inventory predicts reaction to stress. International Journal of Psychology, 35, 308.

Awards, Fellowships & Grants

Fellowships:

  • 2014-2017:  NHMRC CDF Level 1 Fellowship (APP1062495), 'Resilience - What is it and how do we promote it?.
  • 2013-2014:  Westmead Charitable Trust Fellowship, 'Development of measures of wellbeing'.
  • 2012-2013:  USyd DVC Research Fellowship, 'The neurogenetics of mental wellbeing'.
  • 2008-2011: ARC Linkage APDI Fellowship (LP0455104), 'Gene-brain pathways in emotional brain stability and instability'.

Grants:

  • 2020-2021: Mindgardens Neuroscience Network Grant, 'Measuring and promoting wellbeing.' Justine Gatt.
  • 2020: Instagram Wellbeing Research Grant, 'Impact of Instagram on mental wellbeing in adolescents versus young adults over time.' Justine Gatt.
  • 2020: SWSLHD Clinical Knowledge Exchange Seed Funding Initiative, 'The mental health and wellbeing of children who stutter and their caregivers, the impact of treatment and predictors of response.' Verity MacMillan, Justine Gatt (Co-Leads), Stacey Sheedy, Wendy Lloyd, Haeme Park.
  • 2017-2021:  NHMRC Project Grant (APP1122816), 'Neural trajectories towards vulnerability versus resilience: A longitudinal twin study.' Justine Gatt, Robin Turner, Leanne Williams.
  • 2016: UNSW Science Faculty Research Grant, Justine Gatt.
  • 2015: UNSW Science Faculty Research Grant, 'Resilience in the brain: Establishing new neural circuits and imaging algorithms.' Justine Gatt.
  • 2013-2015:  NHMRC PhD Scholarship for PhD student, Kylie Routledge (APP1055839), 'Impact of cognitive training on emotional and cognitive function: A twin study.' Kylie Routledge, Justine Gatt.
  • 2008-2011:  ARC Linkage Project (LP0455104), 'Gene-brain pathways in emotional brain stability and instability,' Leanne Williams, Peter Schofield, Richard Clark, Anthony Harris, Justine Gatt.

Awards:

  • 2019: WUN Success Story awarded to the WUN Resilience Research Group for ‘Exceptional Levels of Achievement’ (Dr Gatt was the Lead Coordinator of the WUN International Youth Resilience Group). Awarded at the WUN Conference in Dublin on 22 May.
  • 2019:  NeuRA Carer's Travel Award
  • 2016:  Australian Twins Registry Travel Award
  • 2014:  Commonwealth Health Minister’s Award for Excellence in Health and Medical Research for 2014 ($50,000) – only one awarded nationally per year
  • 2014:  NHMRC Excellence Award: Top Ranked Applicant in Industry-I Category of the CDF Scheme 2013
  • 2014:  Australian Twins Registry Travel Award
    2012:  Australian Twins Registry Travel Award 
  • 2010:  Westmead Millennium Institute Science Prize ($5,000)
  • 2009:  Westmead Millennium Institute Science Prize ($5,000)
  • 2009:  Congress of Biological Psychiatry Travel Award ($1,000)
  • 2008:  Australian Twins Registry Travel Award ($2,000)
  • 2006:  Human Brain Mapping Travel Award 
  • 2004:  University of Sydney Completion Scholarship
  • 2002-2004: University of Sydney Postgraduate Research Award
  • 2000:  Highest ranking Honours Thesis (Arts Faculty)

Affiliations & Memberships

Additional Professional Roles:

Chair Elect, NeuRA Research Committee (2021-2022)
Chair, NeuRA Invited Seminar Series Committee (2018-)
Chief Scientific Advisor, MAP for Wellbeing Corp. Pte Ltd (2013-)

Editorial Roles:
Editorial Board Member, Psychiatry Journal (2018-2020)
Review Editor, Frontiers in Psychology (2013-)

Current Research Students

Current students:

Janine Lam (PhD, 2020-2023) - University of New South Wales
Arthur Montalto (PhD, 2018-2021) - University of New South Wales
Javad Jamshidi (PhD, 2018-2021) - University of New South Wales
Miranda Chilver (PhD, 2018-2021) - University of New South Wales
Rebecca Alexander (PhD, 2015-2019) - The Australian National University
Jack Anderson (Honours, 2021) - University of New South Wales
Wenny Qu (Honours, 2021) - University of New South Wales
Malithi Silva (Honours, 2021) - University of New South Wales

Completed students:
Kylie Routledge (PhD, 2018) - University of Sydney
Sandy Wong (ILP, 2018) - University of New South Wales
Denise Chu (PhD, 2017) - University of Sydney
Karen Burton (PhD, 2016) - University of Sydney

Please contact me for potential supervision for Masters and PhD projects.

Personal Links

Gatt Group Profile (NeuRA): https://www.neura.edu.au/staff/dr-justine-m-gatt/

UNSW Research: https://research.unsw.edu.au/people/dr-justine-megan-gatt