Salivary Bioscience Research Centre (SBRC)

About our lab

The UNSW Salivary Bioscience Research Centre (SBRC) within the School of Psychology provides researchers and industry with access to high-quality saliva testing services. The minimally-invasive nature of saliva sample collection, and the broad range of potential measurements, enables oral fluids to be employed in a wide range of fields and disciplines. The mission of the SBRC is to expand capability for multidisciplinary salivary bioscience research within UNSW and across Australia by facilitating integration of salivary biomarkers into academic research. The SBRC will support UNSW researchers across diverse academic disciplines in pursuits to incorporate salivary biomarkers (e.g., stress and sex hormones, cytokines) into research activities by providing infrastructure, research collaboration, technical support and expertise, sharing of resources, and competitive pricing for saliva testing supplies, kits, and services.

The SBRC Spit Camp provides training in the basics of salivary analytes and related laboratory methods. It is designed for researchers that are new to salivary bioscience research and methods, providing both didactic content to learn basic strategies for incorporating saliva into your research and hand-on, supervised lab training on sample processing. For more information contact the UNSW Salivary Bioscience Research Centre at or visit

Ethics and Sona resources

Please follow the links below for more information and resources on the Research Participation program for staff and graduate students. You should save each document to your network drive (z: drive) and edit it from there to avoid losing changes.

Our people

Research areas: developmental psychopathology; child clinical psychology; externalising and conduct problems; aggression and antisocial behaviour; violent offending; development, assessment and treatment of callous-unemotional traits and psychopathy.

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Research areas: schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders; schizotypy; understanding the psychological and neurophysiological basis of delusions and hallucinations; understanding the basis of sensory suppression to self-generated actions; Event-Related Potentials (ERPs); Diffusion-Tensor Imaging (DTI).

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Research areas: obsessive-compulsive disorder, hoarding disorder, and related disorders. Comorbidity and classification of anxiety disorders. Investigations into processes that are associated with various types of psychopathology, including emotion regulation and thought suppression.

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My research program addresses the development of memory and emotion during infancy and early childhood and takes a developmental cognitive neuroscience approach. I'm particularly interested in the development of relational memory and the role it might play in representational flexibility. My recent work has looked at age-related changes in episodic memory and future thinking during early childhood and the development of rapid facial mimicry in infancy.

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