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Dr. Justine Fam

ARC Discovery Early Career Research Fellow

My research examines the role of oxytocin, an evolutionarily ancient peptide, in learning and memory. Although oxytocin is well-known for being important for social behahaviours across many species, the mechanisms that support this have not been well-characterised. One possible mechanism of oxytocin's effect is that of enhanced attention to salient cues. Using an associative learning framework, my work examines the effects of oxytocin on cue processing through a combination of pharmacological and chemogenetic techniques to target the oxytocin system. 

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Dr Georgie Fleming

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Research areas: child clinical psychology; child conduct problems; child callous-unemotional traits; treatment of child conduct problems; online delivery of evidence-based treatment

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Dr Justine Gatt

Senior Research Scientist & Group Leader

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

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Dr Oren Griffiths

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Research Areas: Attention, associative learning, cognitive mechanisms in psychopathology (schizophrenia, psychotic illnesses), reasoning, decision making.

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Dr Sylvia M Gustin

Associate Professor

For the past 20 years I have been using brain imaging techniques and psychological assessment to investigate the central and psychological circuits underlying chronic pain in humans. I have experience in the use of many brain imaging techniques such as magnetoencephalography and functional, structural and biochemical magnetic resonance imaging. In addition, I have practised as a psychologist focusing on the management of chronic pain.

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Dr Guy Hawkins

Postdoctoral Research Associate

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Dr Nathan Holmes


I use animal models to study the behavioural and neurobiological substrates of attention, learning and memory. I am interested in the factors which regulate these processes in a normal brain, cause disturbances to these processes in a diseased brain, and the implications of these disturbances for disorders like post-traumatic stress (PTSD). In one line of inquiry, I study how basic information is processed in the brain, and how motivational states (like fear) change the way that information is processed.

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Dr Lynette Hung

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Research Areas: Anger, aggression, and anxiety – mechanisms, cognitive processes, intervention and prevention. Experimental and clinical investigation of dissociative processes

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Kate Hutton-Bedbrook

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

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