International collaborators

Ruth Feldman - Department of Psychology and the Gonda Brain Research Center, Bar-Ilan University

Prof Ruth Feldman investigates the development of interfamilial relations and parent-child relations. She explores regulation processes throughout childhood and the neurological basis of communication. She has proposed important models emphasising the assessment of bio-behavioral synchrony between children and their parents in social development.

Simon Gregory - Duke Center for Human Genetics, DUMC

Dr. Gregory applies the experience gained from leading the mapping of the mouse genome and sequencing human chromosome 1 to elucidating the molecular mechanisms underlying multi-factorial diseases. His primary area of research involves the identification of the complex genetic factors that give rise to the development of cardiovascular disease. Dr. Gregory’s group is also pioneering the application of high-resolution genomic microarrays for the discovery of chromosomal abnormalities and identification of epigenetic factors associated with human diseases such as autism and cancer.

Andrew Kemp - University of Sao Palo, Brazil

A/ Prof Kemp’s research examines cognitive and emotional processing in humans, and the impact of psychiatric illness and their treatments on this processing. His research incorporates state-of-the-art techniques including genetics, functional neuroimaging, psychophysiology and neuropsychology .He has made important observations concerning the link between mood and anxiety disorders and a key measure of cardiovascular function called heart rate variability (HRV). 

Kerry Ressler -Yerkes Research Centre, Emory University

A/Prof. Ressler investigates the molecular and cellular mechanisms of fear learning and the process of extinction of fear in mouse models. 

Larry Young - Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Emory University

Dr. Young conducts research on the neurobiological bases of complex social behaviour and social cognition. He is interested in understanding the neural circuitry and genetics underlying social information processing and the formation of social bonds. He is also interested in understanding the biological bases for diversity and the evolution of social behaviours. 

National collaborators

Patrick Clarke -School of Psychology, The University of Western Australia

Dr. Clarke investigates the cognitive mechanisms of change in emotion vulnerability as well as the link between individual differences in the readiness to alter information processing priorities over time. 

Robyn Langdon - Department of Cognitive Science, Macquarie University

A/ Prof Langdon’s main research interests lie within the field of cognitive neuropsychiatry. The psychiatric symptoms that are of primary interest to her are delusions. Her other research interests include: visual cognition, in particular, the detection and orienting of attention in the direction of another person’s gaze; various psychopathologies including autism and psychopathy; personality traits in the healthy population, in particular, schizotypy; and the broader disciplines of cognitive psychology and cognitive neuropsychology. 

Colin MacLeod -School of Psychology, The University of Western Australia

Prof. MacLeod is the director of the CARE lab that investigates emotion in the areas of cognitive psychology, biological psychology, social psychology, and clinical psychology. He is a co-investigator on our ARC-linkage funded project investigating cognitive mechanisms of change in the treatment of anxiety disorders.

Philip Ward - School of Psychiatry, University of New South Wales

Prof. Ward uses functional and structural brain imaging to investigate schizophrenia and first episode psychosis, including risk factors such as cannabis use. His uses ERPs and neuropsychological testing to study auditory sensory memory function in healthy volunteers and young people at increased risk for the development of psychosis. Recent research interests include brain plasticity in neuropsychiatry, efficacy of computerised cognitive remediation training in schizophrenia, and predictors of weight gain and metabolic syndrome in first episode psychosis, Functional imaging of freezing in Parkinson’s disease, and the role of oxytocin in remediation of cognitive deficits in schizophrenia. 

Andrew Whitehouse - Centre for Child Health Research, University of Western Australia

Prof. Whitehouse investigates the genetic and neurodevelopmental causes of Autism and specific language impairment, and conducts clinical intervention trials into these conditions. He is a co-investigator on our clinical trials of novel medications for autism spectrum disorders (ASD), including a project funded by the NHMRC that will examine markers of response to oxytocin in toddlers with ASD.

Institutional collaborators

Richard Banati- Australian Nuclear Science Technology Organization

Prof. Banati is an internationally recognized scientist with interdisciplinary research interests in the brains innate immune system and the development of advanced medical imaging for the non-invasive study of brain function. Since 2008, Professor Banati holds an ANSTO Distinguished Researcher Fellowship in a cross-institutional life sciences team that has unique access to a range of methodologies, including life cell imaging, impedance spectrometry, quartz crystal microbalance measures, and protein structure analysis by x-ray and neutron-based techniques. He works with our group in developing radioligands for use with oxytocin nasal administration in PET imaging studies. 

Kim Chan - School of Pharmacy, University of Sydney

Professor Chan is a world leader in respiratory and aerosol drug delivery. He has developed a leading research program on aerosol drug delivery, ranging from powder production by novel processes, particle engineering and aerosol formulation, to scintigraphic imaging of lung deposition and clinical outcome. He played a pivotal role in the development of Aridol™ (inhaled mannitol for diagnosis of asthma), which was approved by the FDA in the United States, 14 European Union countries, Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand. 

Ian Hickie - Brain and Mind Research Institute, University of Sydney

Prof Hickie is the executive director of the Brain and Mind Research Institute. His research, clinical and health services development work focuses on expansion of population-based mental health research and development of international mental health strategies. He is a co-investigator on many of our key projects.

Jim Lagopoulos - Brain and Mind Research Institute, University of Sydney

A/Prof Lagopoulos is the director of the imaging platforms at the Brain & Mind Research Institute and assists in the imaging of all of our participants in clinical research. These include all MRI, fMRI, and PET investigations.

Sharon Naismith - Brain and Mind Research Institute, University of Sydney

Associate Professor Naismith is the Director of the Clinical Research Unit at the Brain & Mind Research Institute. She is a Clinical Neuropsychologist who also Heads the Healthy Brain Ageing Clinic and her research interests are in late-life neurodegenerative and neuropsychiatric disorders particularly Parkinson's Disease, Mild Cognitive Impairment and late-life depression. She provides guidance and supervision in neuropsychological aspects of our research projects.

Stewart Einfeld - Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney

Professor Einfeld is the Chair of Mental Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney, and is a Senior Scientist at the Brain and Mind Research Institute. Professor Einfeld has research and teaching interests in the area of child and adolescent psychiatry, developmental disabilities, including intellectual disability and its genetic causes and autism.

Ross Menzies - Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney

A/Prof Menzies is the director of the Anxiety Disorders Clinic at the University of Sydney. His research interest is in the origins and management of anxiety disorders

Mark Onslow - Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney

Prof. Onslow is the director of the Australian Stuttering Research Centre. His research interests are the epidemiology of early stuttering in preschools, mental health of those who stutter, and the nature and treatment of stuttering.