Led by Professor Adam Guastella (seen on ABCs Employable Me), we are a group of researchers and clinicians dedicated to high-quality research to enhance understanding of and treatments for social dysfunction and substance use. Our research is diverse, focusing on behavioural and biological interventions, particularly for social functioning disorders such as Autism Spectrum Disorder and Social Anxiety Disorder. We integrate pre-clinical, clinical and translational research in order to be leaders in this field.

We are located at the Brain and Mind Centre, a part of the University of Sydney, in Camperdown. Here we have access to world-class facilities and high quality collaborations.

You can learn more about our current research, find out about participating, see our publication highlights, and meet the team.

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Professor Adam Guatella shows a participant our practice MRI scanner, one of our specialised research facilities

Professor Adam Guatella shows a participant our practice MRI scanner, one of our specialised research facilities


Our team leader, Professor Adam Guastella, provides expert guidance on how people with autism and other neuro diverse conditions can benefit companies which harness their hidden skills. See the trailer below. 

You can catch the series on ABC iView.

Meet the new extraordinary jobseekers daring to dream. #EmployableMeAU Follow the stories of nine new people with disabilities as they battle to find work. As well as neurological conditions such as autism spectrum disorder and Tourette Syndrome, this season also features people with epilepsy, cerebral palsy, dwarfism and Down Syndrome as they search for meaningful employment.

Who we are

We are a team of clinicians and researchers specialising in clinical neuroscience who use latest technology and knowledge to develop new treatments to improve social well-being  of young people with mental health problems.

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What we do

Our research is aimed at understanding how biology can interact with psychological processes to cause, maintain and recover from mental health problems.

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How we do it

Our unique skills and laboratory facilities allow us to quickly bring new interventions from the 'bench' to the community treatment clinics that we run.

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