Dr Kathryn   Baker
Senior Lecturer

Dr Kathryn Baker

  • PhD in Psychology, Monash University, 2011
  • Bachelor of Behavioural Neuroscience (Hons), Monash University, 2005
Science
School of Psychology

My research is in developmental psychology and behavioural neuroscience, with a focus on examining psychological and neural changes in emotional memories across adolescent development.

Phone
90651795
Location
School of Psychology University of New South Wales Sydney NSW 2052 Mathews Building Room 507

Publications

  • Journal articles | 2021
    Dr Kathryn Baker
    Richardson R; Bowers J; Callaghan BL; Baker KD, 2021, 'Does maternal separation accelerate maturation of perineuronal nets and parvalbumin-containing inhibitory interneurons in male and female rats?', Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, vol. 47, pp. 100905 - 100905, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.dcn.2020.100905
    Journal articles | 2020
    Dr Kathryn Baker
    Bisby MA; Richardson R; Baker KD, 2020, 'Developmental differences in the effects of CB1/2R agonist WIN55212-2 on extinction of learned fear', Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry, vol. 99, pp. 109834, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pnpbp.2019.109834
    Journal articles | 2020
    Dr Kathryn Baker
    Zimmermann KS; Richardson R; Baker KD, 2020, 'Esketamine as a treatment for paediatric depression: questions of safety and efficacy', The Lancet Psychiatry, vol. 7, pp. 827 - 829, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S2215-0366(19)30521-8
    Journal articles | 2020
    Dr Kathryn Baker
    Bisby MA; Baker KD; Richardson R, 2020, 'Deficits in opioid receptor-mediated prediction error contribute to impaired fear extinction during adolescence', Behaviour Research and Therapy, vol. 133, pp. 103713 - 103713, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.brat.2020.103713
    Journal articles | 2019
    Dr Kathryn Baker
    Zimmermann KS; Richardson R; Baker KD, 2019, 'Maturational changes in prefrontal and amygdala circuits in adolescence: implications for understanding fear inhibition during a vulnerable period of development', Brain Sciences, vol. 9, http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/brainsci9030065
    Journal articles | 2019
    Dr Kathryn Baker
    Stylianakis AA; Richardson R; Baker K, 2019, 'Timing is everything: Developmental differences in the effect of chronic corticosterone exposure on extinction retention', Behavioral Neuroscience, http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/bne0000326
    Journal articles | 2019
    Dr Kathryn Baker
    King G; Baker KD; Bisby MA; Chan D; Cowan CSM; Stylianakis AA; Zimmermann KS; Richardson R, 2019, 'A precision medicine approach to pharmacological adjuncts to extinction: a call to broaden research', Psychopharmacology, vol. 236, pp. 143 - 161, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00213-018-4999-0
    Journal articles | 2018
    Dr Kathryn Baker
    Baker KD; McNally GP; Richardson R, 2018, 'D-Cycloserine facilitates fear extinction in adolescent rats and differentially affects medial and lateral prefrontal cortex activation', Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry, vol. 86, pp. 262 - 269, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pnpbp.2018.06.007
    Journal articles | 2018
    Dr Kathryn Baker
    Bisby MA; Baker KD; Richardson R, 2018, 'Elucidating the mechanisms of fear extinction in developing animals: A special case of NMDA receptor-independent extinction in adolescent rats', Learning and Memory, vol. 25, pp. 158 - 164, http://dx.doi.org/10.1101/lm.047209.117
    Journal articles | 2018
    Dr Kathryn Baker
    Stylianakis AA; Harmon-Jones SK; Richardson R; Baker KD, 2018, 'Differences in the persistence of spatial memory deficits induced by a chronic stressor in adolescents compared to juveniles', Developmental Psychobiology, vol. 60, pp. 805 - 813, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/dev.21750
    Journal articles | 2018
    Dr Kathryn Baker
    Baker K; McNally G; Richardson R, 2018, 'T13. D-Cycloserine Facilitates Fear Extinction in Adolescent Rats and Differentially Affects Medial and Lateral Prefrontal Cortex Activation', Biological Psychiatry, vol. 83, pp. S133 - S134, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.biopsych.2018.02.349
    Journal articles | 2017
    Dr Kathryn Baker
    Baker KD; Gray AR; Richardson R, 2017, 'The development of perineuronal nets around parvalbumin GABAergic neurons in the medial prefrontal cortex and basolateral amygdala of rats', Behavioral Neuroscience, vol. 131, pp. 289 - 303, http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/bne0000203
    Journal articles | 2017
    Dr Kathryn Baker
    Baker KD; Loughman A; Spencer SJ; Reichelt AC, 2017, 'The impact of obesity and hypercaloric diet consumption on anxiety and emotional behavior across the lifespan', Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, vol. 83, pp. 173 - 182, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.neubiorev.2017.10.014
    Journal articles | 2017
    Dr Kathryn Baker
    Baker KD; Richardson R, 2017, 'Pharmacological evidence that a failure to recruit NMDA receptors contributes to impaired fear extinction retention in adolescent rats', Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, vol. 143, pp. 18 - 26, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.nlm.2016.10.014
    Journal articles | 2017
    Dr Kathryn Baker
    Stylianakis A; Baker K; Richardson R, 2017, '832. Timing is Everything: Developmental Differences in the Effect of Chronic Stress on Extinction in Adolescent Rats', Biological Psychiatry, vol. 81, pp. S337 - S337, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.biopsych.2017.02.899
    Journal articles | 2016
    Dr Kathryn Baker
    Baker KD; Bisby MA; Richardson R, 2016, 'Impaired fear extinction in adolescent rodents: Behavioural and neural analyses', Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, vol. 70, pp. 59 - 73, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.neubiorev.2016.05.019
    Journal articles | 2016
    Dr Kathryn Baker
    Baker KD; Reichelt AC, 2016, 'Impaired fear extinction retention and increased anxiety-like behaviours induced by limited daily access to a high-fat/high-sugar diet in male rats: Implications for diet-induced prefrontal cortex dysregulation', Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, vol. 136, pp. 127 - 138, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.nlm.2016.10.002
    Journal articles | 2015
    Dr Kathryn Baker
    Chan D; Baker KD; Richardson R, 2015, 'Relearning a context-shock association after forgetting is an NMDAr-independent process', Physiology and Behavior, vol. 148, pp. 29 - 35, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.physbeh.2014.11.004
    Journal articles | 2015
    Dr Kathryn Baker
    Baker KD; Richardson R, 2015, 'Forming competing fear learning and extinction memories in adolescence makes fear difficult to inhibit', Learning and Memory, vol. 22, pp. 537 - 543, http://dx.doi.org/10.1101/lm.039487
    Journal articles | 2015
    Dr Kathryn Baker
    Ogeil RP; Baker KD, 2015, 'The Interaction of REM Sleep with Safety Learning in Humans: Could a Good Night's Sleep Alter a Traumatic Experience?', The Journal of Neuroscience, vol. 35, pp. 1337 - 1339, http://dx.doi.org/10.1523/JNEUROSCI.4370-14.2015
    Journal articles | 2014
    Dr Kathryn Baker
    Baker KD; Den ML; Graham BM; Richardson R, 2014, 'A window of vulnerability: Impaired fear extinction in adolescence', Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, vol. 113, pp. 90 - 100, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.nlm.2013.10.009
    Journal articles | 2013
    Dr Kathryn Baker
    Baker KD; Edwards TM; Rickard NS, 2013, 'The role of intracellular calcium stores in synaptic plasticity and memory consolidation', Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, vol. 37, pp. 1211 - 1239, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.neubiorev.2013.04.011
    Journal articles | 2013
    Dr Kathryn Baker
    Baker KD; McNally GP; Richardson R, 2013, 'Memory retrieval before or after extinction reduces recovery of fear in adolescent rats', Learning and Memory, vol. 20, pp. 467 - 473, http://dx.doi.org/10.1101/lm.031989.113
    Journal articles | 2012
    Dr Kathryn Baker
    Baker KB; McNally GP; Richardson RL, 2012, 'D-cycloserine does not facilitate fear extinction by reducing conditioned stimulus processing or promoting conditioned inhibition to contextual cues', Learning and Memory, vol. 19, pp. 461 - 469, http://dx.doi.org/10.1101/lm.026674.112
    Journal articles | 2011
    Dr Kathryn Baker
    Baker KD; Edwards TM; Rickard NS, 2011, 'Pharmacobehavioural Evidence for Nitric Oxide and Noradrenaline Interactions With Ryanodine Receptors During Memory Formation in the Young Chick', Behavioral Neuroscience, vol. 125, pp. 175 - 183, http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/a0022537
    Journal articles | 2011
    Dr Kathryn Baker
    Baker KD; Edwards TM; Rickard NS, 2011, 'Blocking SK channels impairs long-term memory formation in young chicks', Behavioural Brain Research, vol. 216, pp. 458 - 462, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.bbr.2010.07.032
    Journal articles | 2010
    Dr Kathryn Baker
    Baker KD; Edwards TM; Rickard NS, 2010, 'A ryanodine receptor agonist promotes the consolidation of long-term memory in young chicks', Behavioural Brain Research, vol. 206, pp. 143 - 146, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.bbr.2009.08.026
    Journal articles | 2008
    Dr Kathryn Baker
    Baker KD; Edwards TM; Rickard NS, 2008, 'Inhibition of mGluR1 and IP3Rs impairs long-term memory formation in young chicks', Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, vol. 90, pp. 269 - 274, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.nlm.2008.04.004
    Journal articles | 2007
    Dr Kathryn Baker
    Baker KD; Edwards TM, 2007, 'd-Lactate inhibition of memory in a single trial discrimination avoidance task in the young chick', Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, vol. 88, pp. 269 - 276, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.nlm.2007.06.004
  • Dr Kathryn Baker

Awards

2019: UNSW Women in Maths and Science Champions Program Early Career Scientist  https://www.science.unsw.edu.au/unsw-women-maths-and-science-champions-program

2017: Amygdala Function in Emotion, Cognition & Disease (Gordon Research Conference) Travel Award

2017: Early Career Investigator - International Travel Fellowship Award from the Society of Biological Psychiatry (US$2000)

2016: Kucharski Young Investigator Award from the International Society of Developmental Psychobiology

2016: International Society of Developmental Psychobiology Travel Award provided by the NIH (NICHD), Wiley, the Sackler Institute, the Nurture Science Project at Columbia University, and ISDP (US$1200)

2014: International Society of Developmental Psychobiology Travel Award provided by the NIH (NICHD), the Sackler Institute, and the ISDP (US$800)

2014: FENS-IBRO FENS Forum Travel Grant (Euro $750)

2014: European FENS-SfN Summer School 2014 “Neurodevelopmental Psychiatric Disorders”

2013: Amygdala in Health & Disease (Gordon Research Seminar) Travel Award (US$504)

2012: International Society of Developmental Psychobiology Travel Award provided by the NIH (NICHD), the Sackler Institute, and the ISDP (US$750)

2011: Australian Neuroscience Society Student Travel Award

2006 – 2009: Australian Postgraduate Award, Monash University

2009: Undergraduate Psychology Teaching Award (PSY1011), Monash University

2009: Australian Neuroscience Society Student Travel Award

2007: Australian Neuroscience Society Student Poster Prize at IBRO2007

2007: Australian Neuroscience Society Student Poster Prize at IBRO2007

Grants

  • UNSW, Research Infrastructure Scheme 2020, Richardson, Baker, Prasad, Ong, Zimmermann, McNally, Begg, & Killcross, Behavioural Neuroscience Group Expansion to PC2 labs on Level 6 of E26.
  • Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA), 2017-2019, Baker, Impaired fear inhibition in adolescence: an imbalance in the brain?
  • National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Project Grant 2015 – 2017, Richardson & Baker, A window of vulnerability: Impaired fear inhibition in adolescent rats.
  • The University of New South Wales, Faculty of Science Research Grant 2014, Baker, Neural mechanisms of impaired fear inhibition in adolescence.
  • NHMRC Peter Doherty Early Career Fellowship, 2013 – 2016, Baker, How is fear inhibited in the adolescent brain?

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