Dr Travis Wearne

Dr Travis Wearne

Dr Travis Wearne

Research Fellow

Contact details

Phone: 93853310
Email: Dr Travis Wearne

Office: 1309

Teaching

PSYC7001: Psychological Assessment

PSYC7210: Clinical Neuropsychology

Publications

Wearne, T.A., Osborne-Crowley, K., Wilson, E., Rushby, J.A., & McDonald, S. Understanding how others feel: Evaluating the relationship between emotion recognition and empathy following traumatic brain injury. Neuropsychology (Accepted 3/10/2019).

Osborne-Crowley, K., Wilson, E., De Blasio, F., Wearne, T., Rushby, J.A., & McDonald, S. (2019). Empathy for people with similar experiences: Can the perception-action model explain empathy impairments after traumatic brain injury? Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology. doi: 10.1080/13803395.2019.166237

Honan, C., McDonald, S., Tate, R., Ownsworth, T., Togher, L., Fleming, J., Anderson, V., Morgan, A., Catroppa, C., Douglas, J., Francis, H., Wearne, T., Sigmundsdottir, L. and Ponsford, J. (2019). Outcome instruments in Moderate-to-Severe Adult Traumatic Brain Injury: Recommendations for use in Psychosocial Research. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation. Doi: 10.1080/09602011.2017.1339616

Wearne, T.A. & Cornish, J.L. Inhibitory regulation of the prefrontal cortex in methamphetamine-induced behavioural sensitization: A Review of GABAergic mechanisms. Progress in Neuropsychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry.  

Osborne-Crowley, K., Wilson, E., De Blasio, F., Wearne, T., Rushby, J.A., & McDonald, S (Accepted). Subjective emotional experience and physiological responsivity to posed emotions in people with traumatic brain injury. Neuropsychology.

Wearne, T.A., Lucien, A., Trimmer, E., Filipcikova, M., Logan, L., Wilson, E., & McDonald, S (2019). Anxiety sensitivity moderates the subjective experience, but not the physiological response, to psychosocial stress. International Journal of Psychophysiology.

Osborne-Crowley, K., Wilson, E., De Blasio, F., Wearne, T., Rushby, J.A., & McDonald, S. (2019). Preserved rapid conceptual processing of emotional expressions despite reduced neuropsychological performance following traumatic brain injury. Neuropsychology. doi: 10.1037/neu0000545.

Wearne, T.A., Osborne-Crowley, K., Rosenberg, H., Dethier, M., & McDonald, S. (2019). Emotional recognition depends on subjective emotional experience and not on emotional facial expressivity: evidence from traumatic brain injury. Brain Injury. doi: 10.1080/02699052.2018.1531300. 

Wearne, T., Anderson, V., Morgan, A., Catroppa, C., Honan, C., Tate, R., Ownsworth, T., Togher, L., Fleming, J., Douglas, J., Francis, H., Sigmundsdottir, L., Ponsford, J. McDonald, S. (2018). Outcome instruments in Moderate-to-Severe Paediatric Traumatic Brain Injury: Recommendations for use in Psychosocial Research with Paediatric Samples. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation.  doi: 10.1080/09602011.2018.1531768. 

Wearne, T.A. & Cornish, J.L. (2018). A comparison of methamphetamine-induced psychosis and schizophrenia: a review of positive, negative and cognitive symptomatology. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 9, 491.  https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyt.2018.00491

Wearne, T.A. (2018). Elucidating the role of the ventrolateral prefrontal cortex in economic decision-making. Journal of Neuroscience, 38(17):4059-4061. doi: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.0330-18.2018

Berry, J., Martin, D., Wallace, K., Miller, T., Wearne, T., & Porter, M. (2017). A Holistic Neuropsychological Approach to Cognitive Remediation for a Community-based Mixed Psychiatric Sample. SM J Psychiatry and Mental Health, 2(1), 2010.

Franklin, J.F., Wearne, T.A., Homewood, J., and Cornish. J.L. (2017). Behavioural Effects of Chronic Sugar and/or Caffeine Consumption in Adult and Adolescent Rats. Behavioural Neuroscience. doi: 10.1037/bne0000204.

Wearne, T.A., Parker, L.M., Franklin, J.F., Goodchild, A.K., and Cornish, J.L. (2017). Behavioral sensitization to methamphetamine induces specific interneuronal mRNA pathology across the prelimbic and orbitofrontal cortices. Prog Neuropsychopharmacol Biol Psychiatry. doi: 10.1016/j.pnpbp.2017.03.018.

Parker, L.M., Le, S., Wearne, T.A., Hardwick, K., Kumar, N.N., Robinson, K.J., McMullan, S. and Goodlchild, A.K. (2017). Neurochemistry of neurons in the ventrolateral medulla activated by hypotension: Are the same neurons activated by glucoprivation? Journal of Comparative Neurology. doi: 10.1002/cnd.24203.

Wearne, T.A., Parker, L.M., Franklin, J.F., Goodchild, A.K., & Cornish, J.L (2016). GABAergic mRNA expression is differentially expressed across the prelimbic and orbitofrontal cortices of the prefrontal cortex: relevance to psychosis. Neuropharmacology,111:107-118. doi: 10.1016/j.neuropharm.2016.08.038.

Franklin, J, Mirzaei, M, Wearne, T., Homewood, J., Goodchild, A., Haynes, P & Cornish, J. (2016). Extended exposure to surgar and/or caffeine produces distinct behavioural and neurochemical profiles in the orbitofrontal cortex of rats: implications for neural function. Proteomics. Doi:10.1002/pmic.20160032.

Wearne, T. A., Parker, L. M., Franklin, J. L., Goodchild, A. K., & Cornish, J. L. (2016). GABAergic mRNA expression is upregulated in the prefrontal cortex of rats sensitized to methamphetamine. Behavioural Brain Research, 297, 224-230. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.bbr.2015.10.026.

Franklin, J, Mirzaei, M, Wearne, T., Homewood, J., Goodchild, A., Haynes, P & Cornish, J. (2016). Quantitative proteomic analysis of the orbital frontal cortex in rats following extended exposure to caffeine reveals extensive changes to protein expression: implications for neurological disease. Journal of Proteome Research. doi: 10.1021/acs.jproteome.5b01043.

Hassan, S., Wearne, T., Cornish, J. and Goodchild, A. (2015). Effects of acute and chronic systemic methamphetamine on respiratory, cardiovascular and metabolic function and cardiorespiratory reflexes. Journal of Physiology.  doi:10.1113/JP271257.

Franklin, J., Mirzaei, M., Wearne, T., Sauer, M., Homewood, J., Goodchild, A., Haynes, P., and Cornish, J. (2015). Quantitative shotgun proteomics reveals extensive changes to the proteome of the orbitofrontal cortex in rats that are hyperactive following withdrawal from a high sugar diet. Proteomics. doi:10.1002/pmic.201500126.

Wearne, T., Mirzaei, M., Franklin, J., Goodchild, A., Haynes, P., and Cornish, J. (2014). Methamphetamine-induced sensitization is associated with alterations to the proteome of the prefrontal cortex: implications 

Awards, Fellowships & Grants

UNSW Brain Sciences and Translational Neuroscience Seed Funding scheme (CIA; $19995). Grant Title: “Waiting to exhale: a pilot study on the efficacy of heart rate variability biofeedback training on subjective and objective measures of emotional distress following acquired brain impairment” (Wearne, McDonald, Cassels, & Bowring, 2019)

Best Platform Presentation, Australasian Society for Social and Affective Neuroscience Annual Meeting, Brisbane, Queensland (2018) 

Macquarie University Research Excellence Awards – Excellence in Higher Degree Research (Humanities, Business and Social Sciences: Highly Commended) (2017)

Best Platform Presentation by an Early Career Researcher, Australasian Society for Social and Affective Neuroscience Annual Meeting, Melbourne, Victoria (2017)

The Doris McIlwain Prize for Excellent PhD Thesis in Psychology, Macquarie University (2017)

Australian Psychological Society Award for Excellent PhD Thesis in Psychology (2016)

Vice Chancellor’s Commendation for Postgraduate Research Excellence (2015)

Vice Chancellor’s Commendation and Top-Up Grant for Macquarie Postgraduate Research Fund Grant ($500) (2013)

Postgraduate Research Fund Grant ($5000) (2013)

Australasian Neuroscience Society (ANS) Young Researcher Award (Travel)  (2013)

Australian Postgraduate Award (2011-2014)

Department of Psychology Prize for Psychopathology, Macquarie University (2009)

Other Information

Outreach and Community Engagement

Travis Wearne. SBS World News Radio. Television Interview with Amelia Dunn on a blood test for concussion. 27 August 2019.

Travis Wearne. SBS World News Radio. Interview with Amelia Dunn. ‘Rapid concussion test offers hope for better brain injury response’. 28 August 2019.

Research Output documented through ‘APS College of Clinical Psychologists’ social media channels. 30 July 2019.

Travis Wearne. Study suggests anxiety sensitivity influences the interpretation of physiological responses to stress. Interview with PsyPost.com by Eric Dolan. 27 July 2019.

Travis Wearne. Interview with darkside.com, a northern American website dedicated to heavy metal culture about the potential of brain injury to head banging. 4 April 2019.

Travis Wearne. Alexithymia: A Challenge in Traumatic Brain Injury. MedPageToday. Interview by Krithika Subramanian. 10 December 2018. 

Travis Wearne and Fiona Kumfor. “Having a brain injury does not mean you will get dementia” The Conversation. 21 June 2018. Shared on UNSW NewsroomThe Conversation Newsletter, Dailybulletin & Qoshe. https://theconversation.com/having-a-brain-injury-does-not-mean-youll-ge...

Research Output documented in the Centre for Research Excellence Biannual Newsletter (2018 - Present) 

Research Output documented in the Neuropsychology Laboratory Newsletter, UNSW (2016 – Present)

Article from The Conversation chosen for ‘The Conversation Yearbook’, a synopsis of the best articles published on The Conversation in 2017 (50 articles chosen from 6500)

Nicole Lee, Rob Hester and Travis Wearne. Invited review for The Conversation, “Research Check: Can even moderate drinking cause Brain Damage?”. Jun 13, 2017. Shared on ScienceAlert,  IFLScience, EconintersectBeforeitsnewsLifehackerInkl & Dailybulletin. https://theconversation.com/research-check-can-even-moderate-drinking-ca...

Travis Wearne and Emily Trimmer.Explainer: What is Traumatic Brain Injury?” The Conversation 6 June 2017. Shared on Medical Xpress & Viw Magazine. https://theconversation.com/explainer-what-is-traumatic-brain-injury-75546

Travis Wearne. The PhD pathway and building a research career. Presentation given at Australian Society for the Study of Brain Impairment Research Information Evening to prospective research students (April 2016). 

Travis Wearne. Featured biography and research synopsis in InPsych Magazine, the bimonthly magazine publication by the Australian Psychological Society, in responses to being awarded the Australian Psychological Society Prize for excellent PhD Thesis in Psychology. February 2017.

Travis Wearne. Proteomic Investigation of the effects of methamphetamine. Proteomic news blog. 2015.

Travis Wearne. NDIS Funding and Acquired Brain Injury. Invited presentation at an information session on the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) for arbias, NSW (2015). 

Travis Wearne. Behaviours of concern following Acquired Brain Injury. Invited presentation at Hammondcare Sydney Meeting, Rydges North Sydney, NSW (2015) 

Reaching out across the disciplines to high school students. CNBP News. July 3 2014.

Franklin, J.L., Mirzaei, M., Wearne, T.A., Homewood, J., Goodchild, A.K., Haynes, P.A., Cornish, J.L. (2014). Extended exposure to caffeine and sucrose results in persistent changes to neurobiology and an age dependent response to acute methamphetamine challenge. Abstract selected for Australasian Neuroscience Society Media Alert. Research resulted in two ratio interviews on ABC Radio National and ABC 702.

Franklin, J.L., Mirzaei, M., Sauer, M.K., Wearne, T.A., Homewood, J., Goodchild, A.K., Haynes, P.A., Cornish, J.L. (2013). Extended exposure to sucrose results in persistent changes to the proteome of the orbital frontal cortex in Sprague Dawley rats. Abstract selected for 2013 Society for Neuroscience ‘Hot topics’. Research also reported across multiple media outlets including New Scientist, The Daily Mail and Ninemsn