Congratulations to Dr Caroline Moul who has received the award for an excellent PhD thesis in Psychology from the Australian Psychological Society (APS).

Thesis title – The development and assessment of a differential amygdala activation model in psychopathy

The thesis initially described the development of a novel model of amygdala function in psychopathy, which was subsequently published in the journal Psychological Review. The remainder of the thesis was concerned with testing the hypotheses generated by the model in a sample of children with conduct problems. The research demonstrated support for the predicted association between learning style and psychopathy and for the roles of serotonin and oxytocin. This research was awarded the John Clarke Memorial Scholarship in Psychology in 2011 and was also supported by a Child Behaviour Research Clinic Post-Graduate Research Scholarship from the University of New South Wales (2009-2012).